Rebel Dane Primed for 2015 Premiere Stakes

September 28th, 2015

Trainer Gary Portelli was understandably thrilled with Rebel Dane’s return for success in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) a fortnight ago, and has confirmed he will have his second-up start in the 2015 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Rebel Dane will contest Saturday's 2015 Premiere Stakes second-up. Photo: Steve Hart

Rebel Dane will contest Saturday’s 2015 Premiere Stakes second-up. Photo: Steve Hart

Rebel Dane was forced to undergo a wind operation after a hapless autumn campaign which delivered sixth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) and eleventh in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), but had clearly overcome all ailments when producing a huge turn of foot in the final straight to beat a handy field to the line first-up.

Pleased with his condition in the lead-up to his second-up performance, Portelli told AAP he is confident Rebel Dane will continue his solid amongst a field likely to contain Terravista, Tiger Tees and Famous Seamus in the 2015 Premiere Stakes.

“There is a flap in the throat which starts to close over but they can’t operate until it is completely closed,” Portelli said.

“He was racing without getting enough air. He still ran some good races but now he can breathe properly I expect him to be even better.

“He has trained on well since The Shorts and he’s reminiscent of his three-year-old days.”

Rebel Dane has been the stable star for Portelli since debuting to racing during the 2012 Spring Carnival; posting an impressive seven wins and four minors through 23 career starts.

Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through the 2013 edition of the Spring Carnival, Rebel Dane charged home to win the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up; progressing to fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) before posting his only win at the highest level in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

Returning in 2014 for a close second to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 12th, Rebel Dane continued to impressive in placing fifth in the All Aged Stakes and fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) most notably.

The 2015 Premiere Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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