Rebel Dane's final fling
May 11, 2017
In a season when many of racing's young male stars have been whisked off the racetrack so as to protect their stud values, budding new stallion Rebel Dane is set to embark on the final episode of his grand racing career when he runs in Saturday's Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane.
The rising eight-year-old's trainer Gary Portelli said on Wednesday that he planned three more Group 1 starts for the entire in Brisbane this winter, which would bring his encounters at the elite level to a whopping 26 over the past four seasons of racing.
"He's been a remarkable horse who has turned up each season at the top level and it would be great if he could grab another one (Group 1)," Portelli said.
The Warwick Farm trainer had originally hoped for an inside barrier draw for his dual Group 1 winner but said on Wednesday that Rebel Dane's draw in gate 10 of 15 runners might be an advantage with the likelihood of a wet track come Saturday.
"If it had been a dry track I would be a bit concerned but now that it's going to be wet I'd imagine - it's a Heavy 8 at the moment - it looks like there is speed either side of us so I'm thinking that if he can jump well and take up a mid-field position he might get the right place in the right part of the track," Portelli said.
"His best runs have been when he's been on tight little turning tracks where there has been pressure on so with a big field around Doomben, you'd think there is going to be speed on and it just might suit."
CrownBet have marked Rebel Dane as a $26 chance to secure a third Group 1 win of his career this Saturday, with the Snowden-trained Russian Revolution the popular pick at $3.
As for Rebel Dane's future, Portelli said the entire is likely to follow his Doomben 10,000 performance with a run in the $700,000 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup over 1300 metres at Eagle Farm on May 27 before his swansong in the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm on June 10.
In spring, Rebel Dane joins a long list of Group 1 performers to head to stud throughout Australia when he joins the Swettenham Stud roster in Victoria for a fee of $12,500.
News from Andrew Eddy, Racing.com