2015 Moir Stakes Likely for Rebel Dane

July 21st, 2015

Gary Portelli has experienced notable success with Group 1 winner Rebel Dane without being able to snare a race win for the better part of two years, but is confident a recent breathing operation will help the rising six-year-old return to winning form during the 2015 Spring Carnival.

Rebel Dane may target a race like the 2015 Moir Stakes during spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Rebel Dane may target a race like the 2015 Moir Stakes during spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Rebel Dane produced a monumental effort to take out the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), and while several times proceeding has finished in the first three, has failed to return to winning ways at any level of racing.

Having failed to fire in two starts during the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival, Portelli revealed the team had discovered the talented son of California Dane had been suffering from notable throat issues.

“We scoped him the next day and his throat was completely paralysed,” Portelli told Racing Ahead.

“He’s always been a thick-winded horse, he’s always had not the best wind and he’s always made noise, but you can’t really operate on their throat until the larynx is completely paralysed.

“He’s a stallion, so he’s very hard to scope, but we got him scoped the next day and his throat wasn’t working at all.

“He only got beaten three lengths twice in Group 1 races and I think they said he only had about 30 per cent of his airway working under full pressure, so hopefully the op looks at this stage it’s pretty successful.”

Yet to set a specific target for Rebel Dane this time, races like the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) in early October appear the likely option.

“We got him scoped yesterday by my vet and he’s very happy with the way the throat looks, so that gave him more confidence as to what sort of work I should be doing,” he said.

“He’s right to do some fast work, so we thought we’d probably give him another three to four weeks of work and then obviously we’d know where he is fitness-wise and what race will be available at that point.

“But I’m not setting him for anything because I just want to watch him come along steadily.”

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