Trainer Gary Portelli is hoping his two fillies Secret Lady and Perfect Pitch can dim the chances of the odds on favourite Sunlight in the Group 3 $175,000 Canadian Club Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill today.

Secret Lady, above, is at long odds to beat Sunlight in the Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Secret Lady, above, is at long odds to beat Sunlight in the Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

But Portelli knows his two fillies will be facing a huge task taking on the Golden Slipper Stakes favourite Sunlight who he said is one of the fastest horses he had clocked at Warwick Farm.

“Sunlight is one of the fastest I’ve ever clocked at Warwick Farm, she is a machine,’’ Portelli told The Daily Telegraph.

“I know it is going to be tough for Secret Lady and Perfect Pitch but we have to roll the dice.”

“It is unusual to run into the Golden Slipper favourite a week before the big race but we have to run our fillies to try and get in to the field next week.’’

Sunlight is the $1.40 favourite for the Magic Night Stakes while Secret Lady at $26 and Perfect Pitch at $34 are at long odds to beat the Tony McEvoy trained filly.

Secret Lady is currently number eighteen in the order of entry for the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill next Saturday while Perfect Pitch is number thirty-four and both fillies must win the Magic Night Stakes to grab a spot in the final field of sixteen.

Secret Lady is coming off a last start seventh to Fiesta in the Group 3 $150,000 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 3 but Portelli said the filly had a tough run and he said he is willing to forget that run.

“Secret Lady’s last run was a dot ball,’’ Portelli said.

“She was four-deep the journey and battled on as good as she could. She has drawn well, has had a freshen up and if she can place it means she gets some black type which means a lot, and that should be enough to get her into the Slipper next week.

“I’m not sure if Perfect Pitch is quite up to this level but we will give her the chance to show what she can do. Maybe a race like the Baillieu over the carnival would sit her.’’

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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