Trainer Gary Portelli believes Ringarosa can progress through her grades after an impressive first-up maiden win at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

Coming off a lengthy spell, the filly – ridden by jockey Louise Day – saluted in the Maiden Plate over 1000 metres on a heavy track.

Ringarosa was in the middle of the field heading into the final stretch, before powering home out wide to win by two-and-a-half lengths from Brad Widdup’s Zalini, which tried to lead throughout, and the Gwenda Markwell-trained Mentalism.

“Yeah, I’m happy with that. She ran a big race first-up, but she’s fortunately a pretty good filly and went around the next start at Randwick. But she pulled up a bit sore, so we had to give her a decent spell,” Portelli said.

“We brought her back with the autumn season in mind. She really needed to win well (on Saturday) to consolidate our thoughts of having a crack at something decent.

”Coming into autumn we usually get a bit of rain, so it’s the perfect time for her, she seems to relish a soft track.

“She’s tradesman-like around the stable, all of the girls love her in the stable. But she’s quite a light-framed horse that probably wouldn’t take much racing at the moment while she’s developing. She had a little knee problem, which is a worry, but she pulled up well on Sunday. She’s a nice filly, but looks like she has a killer instinct when she decides to let rip – she’s got plenty under the bonnet.”

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