Rebel With A Cause At Valley

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Rebel Dane is a leading hope in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes. Image courtesy of

A classy horse with a a good fresh record, Rebel Dane is set to fly first up in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night. 

Gary Portelli's five-year-old entire has never finished further back than third in five goes first up. In fact his fresh record is 5: 3-1-1. Though he hasn't been to the races since finishing seventh, 3.5 lengths behind Terravista, Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Darely Classic at the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the son of California Dane was impressive in a recent trial and exhibition gallop. Rebel Dane has had three goes around the tricky Moonee Valley circuit for just one third. That was behind Buffering and Lankan Rupee in last year's Moir Stakes. He followed that with a very close fourth to Lankan Rupee in the Manikato Stakes. His only other start at the track was a fifth (beaten one length) behind Buffering in the 2013 Manikato. In total, Portelli's star has been beaten 1.5 lengths in three Group 1 outings at the Valley. Rebel Dane's biggest issue is his style of racing, particularly at Moonee Valley. He gets back and storms home, often giving his main rivals too big a start. 

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Rebel Dane (5yo entire, 58.5kg)

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Jockey: Craig Williams

Record: 20: 6-2-2

Stakes: $1,365,630

Barrier: 7

Fixed Price:


On Friday night, Rebel Dane can definitely in the finish, as long as he jumps with the field and stays in touch in the middle stages. His main dangers appear to be fellow Sydney raider Famous Seamus and high-class Godolphin filly Earthquake . Trained by Noel Mayfield-Smith, Famous Seamus is having his second start from a spell and must overcome a wide barrier. Earthquake ran a much improved second last start behind Pittsburgh Flyer, and under WFA conditions, will carry just 54kg, a luxury for a horse which boasts the most stakes money ($1.7m) in the event. Mare Angelic Light is the favourite is a wide-open race.

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