$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Rebel Dane's Manikato Stakes win earned him a shot at the International Sprint in HK

Rebel Dane is breathing a lot easier these days and so is his trainer.

Gary Portelli credits a successful throat operation and a change in his training methods with getting the horse back to Group One winning form which he hopes he can transfer to the big stage in Hong Kong.

Rebel Dane’s win in the Manikato Stakes earned him an invitation to the International Sprint at Sha Tin on December 11.

The seven-year-old will tune up for the trip with a barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday which will be held on the course proper as a mark of respect for Australia’s lone representative at this year’s showcase meeting in Hong Kong.

Rebel Dane took three years from his first Group One win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to win his second with many near misses in between.

“He can breathe normally now and he turns up on race day,” Portelli said.

“And I’ve got no doubt the way we are training him has helped. He has gone over a few jumps and we’ve been taking him to the beach and the change of scenery has sharpened him up.

“At the moment he is the best I’ve had him this deep into a preparation.

“He’s vibrant and happy and has four sound joints which is always a plus.”

Portelli has no concerns about how Rebel Dane will handle the trip to Hong Kong on December 4, a week before the big race.

“He’s done many trips to Melbourne and Brisbane on a float so I think a plane to Hong Kong will be much easier,” he said.

“There are no traffic lights or turns. It will be a breeze.”

A seven-year-old, Rebel Dane has earned more than $2.4 million but attempts to find a suitable home at stud have so far come to nothing.

And if a stud can’t be found, Portelli is more than happy to keep him in his Warwick Farm stable.

“He’s part of the furniture and I hate to think about the day he retires,” he said.

“I’d be happy to keep training him for another year.”

A field of six will take part in Tuesday’s 1000m barrier trial.

 
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Railway Stakes Field – 2017

View the field for the 2017 Railway Stakes. The Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday 25th November at Ascot...

Strangles ban lifted on two stables

The quarantine order on two of Victorian trainer George Osborne stables has been lifted but a third remains classified as...

RV to look at Macedon Lodge structure

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams will be interviewed by Victorian racing authorities over comments he made indicating he is the head...

Royal Ascot or a fourth Cox Plate for Winx

The team behind champion racehorse Winx is open to the mare going for a record fourth Cox Plate, but also...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.