“In her first trial she was just fat, the second trial I said to [jockey] James [McDonald] to switch her off and then switch her on and see how she goes.”
She put over three lengths on her opposition in a 1200m trial as she strode down the outside and that could well be a preview of what to expect on race day after she drew what some would view a poor alley.
Parche opened a solid favourite despite the extreme outside barrier but Portelli believes that is an advantage for her and it’ll be up to McDonald to steer her home.
An inside alley brought her undone on her debut on August 28 where Parche found herself buried on the fence near the tail before getting out late to run fourth behind Just Thinkin’ and Hulk.
“I won’t be giving instructions, he’s ridden her enough to know what’s under the bonnet and hopefully she can do the rest,” Portelli said. “We don’t want to be inside horses with that big galloping action she’s got. There’s no panic, she can come down the straight run 10 wide not looking like she’s going near a horse and just be where she’s comfortable.
“There’s no rush. If she’s good enough she will pick them up.”
If the filly has a kryptonite it’s her habit of getting worked up before the start of a race.
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