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Australian Racing - Racing: Portelli holds Fireburn hope

Gary Portelli is eyeing further riches with Fireburn after his star filly added Saturday's ATC Sires' Stakes to her sensational victory in the Golden Slipper.

Portelli now has a return to Randwick and a tilt at the Champagne Stakes on 16th April in mind with his speedy Fireburn who is rated 5/4 favourite to keep her winning run going. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Should she triumph on Saturday week, Fireburn will become the just the second filly to complete Sydney's two-year-old Triple Crown. 

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Portelli hails Fireburn

"What a filly. She just turns up week after week and she raises the bar," said Portelli following this latest length and a half win.

"She was set a task in the Slipper and she proved herself. A few people were knocking her before the race today thinking it might have been a one-off thing, but they don't do that in Slippers and still win.

"All week she has been telling me she has been spot-on and ready to go so I just couldn't wait for the race.

"If she pulls up all right she will go around (in the Champagne).

"I'm not leaving a Group 1 on the table for a filly. If she was to win the Triple Crown, she is a special filly and she will be remembered forever."

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro in 2012 was the last and just the sixth to complete the Golden Slipper, Sires' and Champagne Stakes treble, the two-year-old Triple Crown, since its inception in 1957.

Burst is the only filly to win the Triple Crown, which was achieved in 1992, while Merlene was the last filly to win the Slipper and the Sires' back in 1996.

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