Trainer Gary Portelli is confident Ruby Tuesday is ready for a big run at Rosehill

Gary Portelli’s smart mare Ruby Tuesday can provide more much-needed funds for breast cancer research when she contests the Lynette Lamphee Memorial Handicap (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The connections of Ruby Tuesday donate 10 per cent of all prizemoney won to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ruby Tuesday earned enough on the racetrack during the 2020-21 financial year to generate a $13,023.77 donation to NBCF. In total, the mare’s racetrack performances so far have netted $25,565.73 for to the charity.

Portelli, who trained his 1000th career winner when the very promising Sky Command won brilliantly on debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, believes Ruby Tuesday is poised for another competitive run at Rosehill.

“We took Ruby Tuesday to the barriers again yesterday for a refresher course because she had that habit of missing the start but she flew out of the gates,” Portelli said on Friday.

“She will be following (likely leader) Canasta in the run and if he is the horse to beat, my mare with only 52kg is going to be right in the mix.”

Ruby Tuesday (No.6, pink sleeves) finishing fourth behind Seentoomany at Randwick last start. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Ruby Tuesday, who will be easy to spot in the race as her rider Rachel King will be wearing the distinctive silks of white, pink sleeves, and Pink breast cancer logo, is rated at $9 in latest betting behind Canasta, the $3.70 favourite.

Portelli is also confident The Empire can make the transition for midweek racing to Sydney Saturday class in the Cleanaway Handicap (1300m).

The Empire is at $6 in overnight betting after successive wins at Newcastle and Warwick Farm, dominating both races from the front and reveling in the rain-affected track conditions.

“He is going so well,” Portelli enthused.

“At his last start, he showed that turn of foot that he also produced at Newcastle. We have seen that acceleration twice now and I can find no reason why he couldn’t do it again.”

Portelli has sent his promising juvenile Royalzel ($3.20 favourite) to Melbourne for the Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) at Flemington.

Royalzel earned his start in the race after an impressive last start Rosehill win.

Portelli said although Royalzel has had limited experience galloping the reverse way of going, he’s confident the youngster will handle Flemington.

“Sydney horses tend to cope with Flemington better than the other Melbourne tracks,” Portelli said.

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Originally published asRuby Tuesday is doing her bit for charity

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