Slot Holder: Yu Long Investments
Manhattan Rain – Courgette
Trainer: Gary Portelli (Warwick Farm)
Jockey: Ben Melham
The $20,000 filly that has seen the big group of owners go on the ride of a lifetime. Fourth months after recording an eight length Kembla Grange maiden win she was crowned the 2017 Golden Slipper winner on the back of a magnificent Ben Melham ride. The only time she has been beaten she was a brave second to Frolic who found the better part of the track. She is a speed machine and will carry a very light weight come grand final day in October.
She Will Reign has returned to the stables of Gary Portelli ahead of a campaign geared towards The Everest and having put on an extra 50kg to her frame, there is every chance she’ll develop into a three-year-old sprinter capable to taking out the inaugural running of The Everest. If she does, make sure you keep an eye on the mounting yard for the owners. It was madness after she won the Golden Slipper!
Leading syndicator Darby Racing was full of praise for slot holder Yu Long investments.
“The agreement guarantees us a slot, provided everything goes right. It is the best of both worlds for us and exciting going forward with another partner,” said Scott Darby.
“It is like a dream that doesn’t seem to have an end.”