Portelli Outlines 2014 Memsie Stakes at Target for Rebel Dane

July 14th, 2014

While unable to break through for a race victory over four competitive starts through autumn, trainer Gary Portelli is confident of a return to the winner’s circle for classy sprinter Rebel Dane through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, earmarking the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30th as the first major target.

Trainer Gary Portelli has outlined the 2014 Memsie Stakes as the first major target for Rebel Dane this spring

Trainer Gary Portelli has outlined the 2014 Memsie Stakes as the first major target for Rebel Dane this spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

A standout performer over the spring of 2013, Rebel Dane won the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up and continued to build in class and form on the way to victory in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) most notably.

Unable to make up ground in the final straight when seventh in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane last time out, Portelli told The Daily Telegraph Rebel Dane will cross paths with the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee several times through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, and is therefore aiming for Group 1 success prior.

“I’m looking to have him ready second-up into the Memsie Stakes,” Portelli said.

“I’d like to have a go at a Group 1 race before Lankan Rupee is racing.”

Claiming an impressive total of six wins and two minor places from just 16 competitive race starts to date, Rebel Dane contested nothing but Group 1 events over the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival and was unlucky not to secure a triumph.

Running well to finish second to Lankan Rupee on a rain-soaked Randwick track in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) first-up on April 12th, the California Dane entire was unable to match the late pace when fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) just two weeks later, however returned to competitive touch when running on for fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 24th.

The Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 16th is the likely first-up target for Rebel Dane this spring; two weeks prior to the 2014 Memsie Stakes.

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