She Will Reign made a return to Warwick Farm in style by winning a race. The filly went through her pace with ease and demonstrated that she had improved physically. The win opened up many opportunities for her in the autumn, and it would be exciting to see her win some races. Garry Portelli said that watching the horse race is not just nerve-racking but exciting as well. He agreed that she was still a little bit fat since she had had only one barrier trial, but it was still possible to get her fit at the track.
Portelli further said that they had examined the fetlock joint that had a swelling a few weeks ago and had received the results which showed that she would be fine and ready to run. The filly had been sent at odds of $1.24, which was meant to discourage bets, but instead, huge bets were placed on her. She managed to cruise home a length clear of game Acgume ($13) while she was ahead of Limbo Soul ($10) by two lengths.
She will Reign had a series of successful wagers taken against her. Some of them are $20,000, at $1.28, $50,000 at $1.11, $8,000 at $1.33 and $10,000at $1.22. Others include $12,000 at $1.25 and $150,000 at $1.30
Notice that Portelli’s game plan was not to have She Will Reign lead the Saturday race, but he was forced to change his plan after Nature Strip got a scratch. He said that they would have kept the filly away from the lead if they had Nature Strip in the race, so they decided to take the lead after considering that they were on $1.20 favorite.
The Jockey Ben Melham said that the filly started slow but once out of the barriers, she sped through taking charge of the race. Initially, she had stood in the barrier feeling complacent, but Ben said that this was fine because revving her too much would stretch her. Ben Melham was happy after riding the horse for the first time since he partnered with her to win the famous Golden slipper last year. He said that the filly was stronger than she was last year and had matured. However, he pointed out that she was still casual, which was typical of all young fillies. Melham noted that the win would have been decisive if she was under real pressure. Nevertheless, Portelli said that she would take part in the William Reid Stakes and Oakleigh Plate. He said that at the moment his priority was the 1200m T.J. Smith Stakes Group 1 race whose prizemoney is $2.5 million.