Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Purchases

Attending the Inglis Classic Sale last week, Laurel Oak were lucky enough to secure four yearlings.

Lot 146: Snitzel x Enchanted Melody filly – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, $60,000 – Pedigree

Purchased specifically for a client, this Snitzel filly is the first foal of an Encosta de Lago daughter of the stakes placed Flying Dansino, herself a half-sister to the three-time Listed-winning, Group One placed Zagreb.


Lot 153: Zizou x Exclusive Bid filly, Turangga Farm, $50,000 – Pedigree

This filly is a full-sister to three time Sydney winner Zin Zan Eddie.

This filly is bred on the same inbreeding to Easy Date cross that is evident in all of Zizou’s best horses – Zin Zan Eddie, Marseille Roulette and Everage. Last year’s Blue Diamond winner Miracles Of Life is also inbred to Easy Date.

This filly will target the Inglis Classic, Black Opal and Golden Slipper.


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Lot 163: Al Maher x Fipple filly – Emirates Park, $6,000 – Pedigree

First foal out of a Viscount three-quarter-sister to Listed winner Tinamou, as well as being a half-sister to the Listed winner Happier.

Third Dam is the stakes winner Whistling, dam of Group Two winner Syrinx, Group Three winner Whistle Up and the Listed-winning, Group One placed Noise.


Lot 275: Northern Meteor x Luscillas Choice – Broadwater Thoroughbreds, $130,000 – Pedigree

She is a filly out of a Redoute’s Choice mare. While buying a Northern Meteor is pretty special in itself this one is particularly special as she is the same Northern Meteor/Redoute’s Choice cross that produced Zoustar, Northern Meteor’s Group One-winning son.

If you would like any information on any of these fillies, please contact the office on


“Congrats” on our Magic Millions purchase

Purchased on the second day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Laurel Oak Bloodstock were lucky enough to secure Lot 330: b. c. Congrats (USA) x Dirty from the draft of Vinery Stud – pedigree

Set to be trained by Gary Portelli Racing, the dam of our purchase is Dirty, a Listed-winning Hussonet mare from the family of Group One winner Nashville as well as fellow stakes winners Hawajiss, Torumba, Fast Company and Trudeau.

For more information on this impressive colt, contact Louis on 0418 962 858 or email the Laurel Oak Office


Wow! Another year gone! As commented about a year ago, the sales catalogues have arrived, Christmas is looming large, and the cycle of yearling sales, racing carnivals and social functions starts all over again, and before we know it, we will be back here preparing for Christmas 2014.

But each year has so many challenges and so much enjoyment that all we can do is look forward to it, embrace it, enjoy it, and hope that we all stay healthy and can enjoy many more of them.

And nothing makes a year more enjoyable than winners. In 2013, REBEL DANE was obviously the Laurel Oak star, taking us to Group 1-winning heights that we have not enjoyed for ten years. He contested several Group 1 races, won at Group 1, 2 and 3 levels, while his best performance of all may even have been running a close second to Pierro at Group 2 level.

There were also plenty of winners amongst the support team, although not as many perhaps as in some of our recent years. But the signs are good that most of the Laurel Oak team will be winning in 2014.

Leading the charge in that regard was MAGNUS OPUS. The giant 3yo Magnus gelding debuted at Seymour at the end of November with a very impressive victory. Trainer Tony Noonan thought that he would likely need the education, and that the tight circuit over 1100m would be too short for him. However, after getting back early, he tracked into the race very well approaching the corner under Dwayne Dunn’s guidance, and then let loose in the straight for an impressive win.

Tony has given him a few quiet weeks with a view to bringing him back for a VOBIS Gold race at Caulfield on 4 January, followed by a 3yo race at Flemington over 1400m on 18 January.

Magnus Opus was our first exposure to VOBIS Gold and we are certainly impressed. The 3yo maiden win at Seymour yielded not just the $10,500 normal first prizemoney, and not just the $4,900 winning owners’ Super VOBIS bonus, but also a VOBIS Gold bonus, which was $14,000 to the winner. That resulted in an extremely healthy first prize of $29,400 gross (before jockey/trainer deductions) for a maiden win.

Magnus Opus, for a big, growing horse, showed great natural aptitude through his early 2yo training, and looked like he may defy his physical size by getting to the races early. However, in January he required a wind operation which set him back timing-wise. While the wind operation itself was successful, the extra time out no doubt gave him the time he needed to physically mature and furnish into a racehorse. The fact that he is still learning indicates that there is genuine upside to him.

Ironically Magnus Opus was bred by Peter Moody to a Brain-recommended mating and we bought him from the second session of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $35,000 plus GST. He is the reverse of the Black Caviar mating as his sire, Magnus, is out of Black Caviar’s female line, while his dam, McCune, is by Bel Esprit, the sire of Black Caviar. The pedigrees of both Black Caviar and Magnus Opus contain close-up linebreeding to Vain, which has likely injected some speed into both pedigrees, no doubt more into the great mare’s pedigree!

Rebel Dane aimed at Group One T.J. Smith first-up

Rebel Dane, one of the best short-course horses in Australia, will run first-up in the $2.5 million T. J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 12.

Trainer Gary Portelli this afternoon told Racing Network he would not be tempted to start the horse before that race.

“He’s unbeaten first-up, that’s his go, so he’ll go to the T. J. Smith fresh and first-up,” he said.

“I went and had a look at him two days ago in the paddock and he looks magnificent.

“He put on quite a show for us in the paddock, he’s put on a stack of weight and has definitely done very well while he’s been out,” Portelli said.

During the Melbourne Spring Carnival Rebel Dane won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Portelli said he would be bringing Rebel Dane back into work in two weeks.

“He’s going to come back in very good order but he will be aimed at the TJ,” he said.

Portelli said the BTC Cup, Doomben Cup and Stradbroke Handicap were three possible races for Rebel Dane during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

“I’ll see how he goes first-up and if he runs in the first three we’ll probably go to Brisbane for those races,” he said.

Reported on Racing Network


Making his debut in the Von Costa De Hero Maiden Plate over 1100m at Seymour , three-year-old Magnus gelding Magnus Opus jumped away fairly from the barrier and jockey Dwayne Dunn let the Tony Noonan-trained runner settle towards the back of the pack, with only three runners behind him

Racing wide, but with cover, Dunn started to make up ground around the outside of the field at the 600m mark and as the field cornered into the home straight, he was the second widest of the field, still needing to make up many lengths.

When asked for the supreme effort, he knuckled down extremely well to gather in Sharatan and pull away for a length-and-a-quarter victory.

In what was an impressive debut performance, Dunn had time to put the whip away and allowed the gelding to coast to the line, ears pricked, indicating that there is plenty of talent there.

Towering over his opposition, Magnus Opus is out of the unraced Bel Esprit mare McCune, herself a daughter of the Umatilla mare Lisa’s Game, a winner of the Listed Cranbourne Cup and a narrow runner up in the Group One Caulfield Cup behind the import Taufan’s Melody.

Secured from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $35,000 by Laurel Oak Bloodstock / Tony Noonan Racing from the draft of Yallambee Stud, Magnus Opus (pictured above as a yearling) is owned a large group of owners; Laurel Oak Batman (Mgr: L J Mihalyka), Dr T P Clarke, A Dozen Pots (Mgr: T McDougall), Boeara Holdings (Mgr: Mrs D A Dunphy), W H A Rigg, B J Birney, B D Bryant, W R Haylen, P J Macbeth, Mrs J C McAuliffe, G S Tucker, M J Clift, W R Hayden, Mrs M V Horrig and a massive congratulations goes out to all concerned.

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Fourth last time out in the Group Three Bobbie Lewis Quality over 1200m at Flemington, the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane stepped up to the 1400m of the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and returned triumphant for his connections!

Jumping away from a wide gate, Rebel Dane drifted back in the field trying to get a position, but unfortunately travelled wide for most of the trip, although he did have some cover.

With a good tempo set by the Peter Moody-trained Strawberry Boy, Rebel Dane followed the ghostly grey Linton as he made his run, and 250m from home pulled off his heels to chase down Fontelina who had gained a gap on the rails. Rebel Dane hit the front and held off the large charges of Solzhenitsyn and Speediness, with the final margin being a short half-head x short head.

Rebel Dane pictured in the red cap below after the field crossed the line. The footage of the race can be viewed below courtesy of TVN and The Racing Network.

“It’s a great relief. Bossy has had the belief that he was a Group One horse and we were hoping he was right,” Portelli said.

“Every trainer in the world wants to win Group One races and it’s hard to find these sort of horses.”

Achieving his first Group One victory, the highly-talented son of California Dane was bred by the Laurel Oak Texarcana Syndicate, who then couldn’t sell the colt, and made the decision to send him to Portelli to train, just like they had done many years prior with his dam.

“People spend a lot of money trying to find a good one, but luckily enough for me … they and bred an ugly duckling, couldn’t sell him, and I got him to train,” Portelli said.

“They’re great supporters. We’ve had a lot of luck over the years but nothing at this level and it’s great fun.

“Some of this horse’s owners even raced the grandmother, so there will be a lot of tears I expect.”

Boss said Rebel Dane did it tough racing three wide, but he had cover behind Stradbroke winner Linton who battled on courageously to finish fifth.

“He really dug deep and I have nothing but admiration for this colt,” said the champion jockey, who now has 86 Group Ones to his name.

Having now won six from ten career starts, the victory by Rebel Dane took his earnings just shy of $700,000 for his extensive group of owners.


After announcing his class in the Autumn with victory in the Group Two Royal Sovereign Stakes, as well as having finished a short head second to Champion Pierro in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes, Rebel Dane resumed on August 24 at Warwick Farm off the back of an easy barrier trial victory a month prior.

Contesting the Group Three Show County Quality, jockey Glen Boss, who had made a commitment to partner the colt throughout his campaign, jumped the four-year-old away fairly from the gates to settle in a mid-filed position.

With a good pace set up front by the Corumbene Stud-raced Ichihara, Boss bided his time until the colt was balanced and ready to assert his authority.

About six lengths off the lead half way through the race, Boss pushed the exciting Gary Portelli-trained runner wide when the field rounded the home turn and he sprinted with ease, pulling away to record a classy one-and-a-quarter length victory from Title and the Group One winner Norzita.

The elation from all concerned was quite evident after the victory, but none more so than from the exciting colt’s trainer.

“This is what you train racehorses for,” Portelli said.

“You get up at 3am every morning trying to find that good horse.

“I’ve had some nice horses over the years but this one might be something special.”

“It’s relief because you want to see them return and win like that,” Portelli said.

“But it is also excitement because he’s only a young horse and still lightly raced.

“No doubt he is starting to put the runs on the board now but every step from here on will be tougher for him.

“It is so easy to wrap a horse because everyone has the dream of training that really good horse but this bloke might realise that dream for us.”

Leading jockey Glen Boss was also highly impressed with the colt, riding him for the first time under race conditions.

“Gee, he gives you a feel this horse,” Boss said.

Rebl Dane - Group Three Show County Quality Presentation
“I didn’t get anywhere near the bottom of him today. I gave him a couple of back-handers at the top of the straight and let him coast to the line.

“He’s a push-button horse with a great turn of foot. His win was arrogant.”

Portelli said it gave him added confidence when an authority such as Boss talked in such glowing terms about Rebel Dane.

“It just reaffirms what we always hoped we’ve got with this horse,” Portelli said.

“You think you have one that is really good but when blokes like ‘Bossy’, who ride top horse all the time, tell you the horse is very good, it is what you want to hear.”

With a large group of owners on hand to witness Rebel Dane’s second stakes victory, Laurel Oak would like to not only congratulate the owners, trainer Gary Portelli and jockey Glen Boss, but also the syndicate the bred and raced his dam Texarcana.

By More Than Ready, Texarcana has a two-year-old Bernadini filly, a Rothesay yearling colt and has a filly foal by Zoffany.


We have become ‘fussy’ at the sales this year. The improved performance of our team in general over the past 12 months has been courtesy of a few lessons learned from past disappointments, compared to past successes. To try and maintain the higher quality we have tried to stick with the criteria we have been applying particularly last year and this year. Somehow last year we just found more horses that fitted the bill because, leading up to the Melbourne Premier Sale, we had bought four horses and then another five in Melbourne. This year we have bought only two horses, and even one of those is likely to go first to the Ready to Run Sales in New Zealand before we know whether it will be available for Laurel Oak owners.

Consequently, we would have been happy to buy three or four horses in Melbourne, but somehow couldn’t find the standard we were looking for. The one horse we did buy was on the first afternoon, at Lot 94, which was a Dylan Thomas colt out of Stravinsky’s Image.

Dylan Thomas/Stavinsky’s Image Colt


The colt rated a sensational 108***** under the Brain system, and is a full-brother to Agon, who is a well-performed city-winning 3yo filly with Chris Waller. We were keen on Dylan Thomas in general as he was such a great racehorse, and we always figured he would be able to produce some outstanding horses, even if they would likely be 3yos, just like he was. That had been a contributing factor to our purchase of Return Journey, who appears to have vindicated the decision by earning more than her $55,000 purchase price within her first three career starts. The Stravinsky’s Image colt was the one we liked most, and it suited what we were looking for in conjunction with Keith Dryden.


Having only two confirmed purchases so far, plus three yearlings that are being retained, gives us the potential to buy two or three yearlings at the Easter Yearling Sale, which is the highest-quality sale in Australia and the greatest source of stakes-winning horses, albeit at a price. Regardless, if they are good horses they become good value. We have already started the process of inspecting, having spent two days in the Hunter Valley at the start of this week, to get an early feel for some potential purchases.

There are some genuinely exciting prospects already, and, we encourage you to report any genuine pre-sale interest beforehand and we will stay in touch with you regarding potential purchases, or give you priority notice immediately after any purchases.

The Easter Yearling Sale is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9, 10 & 11 April, which is the week following the Golden Slipper.


A year ago, VILAKAZI STREET was in a rich vein of form that culminated in a victory in the $60,500 Albury City Handicap, and a great second in the Wagga Town Plate.

As a consequence of his consistency and achievements, he was severely penalised by the handicappers under the benchmark system, which rendered him uncompetitive in his new grade. Despite actually racing in form, he’d had seven unplaced starts before a return to Albury for the same race, albeit for $10,500 less prizemoney than the previous year. Constant rain had made the track softer than what was ideal for the horse, and the outside draw also made it theoretically difficult. A solid tempo in the race meant that he was back in last position, but he was able to get to the outside and gradually work home under Kevin Sweeney’s persuasion to arrive in time to make it back-to-back victories in the feature race on the first day of the Albury Carnival.

It was Vilakazi Street’s eighth win from 33 career starts, and took his earnings past $200,000. In addition to the victories, he has also run second nine times, so the fact he has run in the first two in more than half his career starts, despite his string of unplaced runs, highlights what a consistent horse he has been for his connections in his career to-date. At this stage, the next-start plans for him haven’t been determined, but a return to Wagga for the Town Plate in early May looms as a possibility.

Vilakazi Street defends his Albury City Hcp crown. Photo courtesy of Bradley Photography




Saturday, 2nd March 2013 – Our rising star, Rebel Dane, took another huge leap forward at Rosehill today when he gave champion, Pierro, a big scare in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes.

Rebel Dane make Pierro fight for victory. Photo courtesy of Bradley Photography.

We headed into today’s event under no illusion that it would be a mammoth task to knock over the champ, but our tough colt ran him down to a short-half-head on the line despite blundering the start.

Rebel Dane was tardily away but was able to muster speed and take a position midfield, just behind Pierro. Rounding the turn jockey, Jason Collett had no alternative but to take runs towards the inside and well into the straight he was giving Pierro a good length start.

Passing the 100m mark, we looked set to run a pleasing second, however, Rebel Dan pinned his ears back and set out after Pierro. He was taking considerable ground off the champ over the concluding stages and he had to pull out all stops to hold off Rebel Dane.

While we did have a fitness advantage, we will be improved by the run and we look forward to locking forms with “the big guns” again in the Randwick Guineas.

A huge congratulations must go to Gary Portelli and his staff for the tremendous work they have put into preparing Rebel Dane thus far.



\Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 – Consistent 3yo gelding Crusader General made a return to the winners stall at Canberra this afternoon, taking out the Jack Thomas Memorial Hcp on Black Opal Preview Day.

Crusader General was aided by a superbly judged ride from Winona Costin, who dictated terms from the outset and gave nothing else a chance to run Crusader General down.

While the lure of running in the Canberra Guineas is a big attraction, Crusader General’s owners will be patient and wait for the Albury Guineas where their General Nediym 3yo will be eligible to collect a $50,000 Inglis Bonus should he salute in this race.

Crusader General cruises to victory.

Crusader General’s happy connections.


Saturday, 16th Feb 2013 – Our star 3yo colt, Rebel Dane, continued his undefeated run, making it four wins from four starts when sensationally winning the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes at Rosehill.

Our pre-race plans went out the window on jumping, when Rebel Dane received a check and was squeezed out the back, to settle in last place.

Things looked grim when the race was run at a slow tempo Rebel Dane spotted the leaders a good eight lengths on entering the straight.

Jockey Jason Collett switched the California Dan colt to the outside and he set sail after the leaders.

At the 200m mark he was still giving away a big start but gradually kept finding and over the final 50m he gave his all to nail, Urquidez on the line.

It was a thrilling moment for his large syndicate of owners, most of who were in disbelief of what they had witnessed.

Rebel Dane is building an imposing record and is now set to take an even bigger step, when he takes on champion, Pierro, in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes. This will be no mean feat but one we are excited about facing.

Not only was it a tremendous result for Rebel Dane’s owners, but also his Laurel Oak syndicate of breeders that own his dam, Texarcana.

Texarcana won three races over her career but gave her owners many tremendous highlights competing,  in such races as the VRC Oaks and AJC Flight Stakes. Despite these unsuccessful ventures, they provided unforgettable experiences and Rebel Dane is only continuing the thrill for this group of breeders.

Texarcana has a yearling Bernadini filly, a Rothesay colt and is currently in foal to Zoffany, and if any of these siblings have the determination of their older brother, there are more exciting times ahead.

Rebel Dane wins the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes.

Rebel Danes connections following his stunning Royal Soveriegn Stakes victory.

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Laurel Oak are absolutely thrilled to have secured the Fastnet Rock colt out of the Group One winning mare Zarita, from the Magic Millions Sales, for Tony Noonan to train.

Our Fastnet Rock/Zarita Colt

Fastnet Rocks were on the initial inspection list without any real expectation to buy. This colt was Laurel Oak’s top pick after pedigree analysis and vet check and we did not have any expectation to be able to buy him. Rather we went through the protocols in case a trainer we knew bought the horse and we could take an interest.

As we were sitting with Tony watching the sale as he came and both of us commented how much we had liked the horse. The way the Fastnets had been selling we expected to be observers only. When bidding started to stall at $200k we decided to chime in and have a go, and were able to outbid David Hayes buy him at $250k plus GST.

We were thrilled to be able to get him and he is arguably the best-pedigreed horse that we have ever bought, and he has a real stallion’s pedigree if he can succeed on the track.

While all shares in this exciting colt have been allocated, Laurel Oak will be actively buying at the upcoming yearling sales around Australasia, and, if you would like to join the Laurel Oak team, please contact our office to find out how.



Return Journey’s owners were delivered a late Christmas Present when she won impressively at the Caulfield Boxing Day meeting.

Despite heading to this race looking to settle off a hot speed, Return Journey, ridden by Jake Noonan, ended up jumping too well and settled right on the speed.

Approaching the turn, Jake brought the Dylan Thomas filly out to clear galloping room and she quickly set up a lead and never looked like being beaten, where she came away for an impressive 1.75 length victory, at the juicy odds of $31!!

All along we have been expecting this filly to excel once she reached distances of a mile and beyond, and if this is the case, we are in for an exciting career.

Return Journey took her record to 3 starts for two wins and a third and $58,600 prizemoney.

The filly has now headed for a well deserved break and will be much improved next time in.


Roman Alliance scored his third win from eleven starts with a gutsy Canberra victory on 30 November at his first run for the month.

After finishing last as favourite, having been trapped wide at Queanbeyan at the end of October, this KEITH DRYDEN-trained galloper returned to the track ridden by Grant Buckley. Although Roman Alliance over-raced early, Grant managed to get him to settle well enough and then, under vigorous riding in the straight, prevailed over favourite, Paramount Pete, to score a good win.

Roman Alliance’s victory was another success for a Laurel Oak breeding syndicate as he was bred by the Miracle Queen syndicate, and bought by Keith Dryden and Laurel Oak at the Melbourne Premier Sale.


After a good debut third at Kyneton on their Cup Day, Return Journey returned to that track for her second start. Ridden by apprentice Brad Wallace, this Tony Noonan-trained filly did everything with a bit of authority. Having been trapped wide early from her wide draw, Brad took her up outside the leader, and on straightening she quickly put the issue beyond doubt.

The filly is somewhat of a conundrum as she has brilliant natural speed yet is bred to run 2400m, so we don’t quite know yet how far she will ultimately get.

We would like to race her with cover, but until now the horses she has trialled against haven’t been fast enough to keep up with her, so the next stage of her learning curve will be back over 1000m at Caulfield on Boxing Day, where she is more likely to find faster horses to give her a chance to get some cover.

Return Journey was one of three winners for Tony over two days, and one of four for him over the week, so it was good to see his stable back to its winning ways.

Return Journey will likely have only the one more start before going for a break to consolidate what she has learned so far.

Return Journey wins at Kyenton


Eye Of The Needle is another horse that had lost his way and had come off an unsuccessful, by his standards, three-start preparation. Keith Dryden then freshened him up, and he resumed in a benchmark 69 1200m race in Canberra.

Local apprentice, Kayla Cross, rode him and rated him perfectly in front, and he kept going to win by 1.3 lengths. That was his sixth career victory from 22 starts, and we hope he can add to that this preparation.

Eye Of The Needle Saluting at Canberra


One of the biggest-sized trophies in the south-east of NSW is for the Defence Force Cup, which is run at Queanbeyan. Mass Exodus won the race a couple of years ago, and this year it was Reigning Rhythm’s turn.

Reigning Rhythm was having his seventh start for the preparation, and we were disappointed that he had not added to his winning record as he won three races in the south-east last preparation. Two placings out of his six starts indicated that he was not far off a win, and on this occasion, in a small field, jockey Kevin Sweeney had settled him back in last place.

With a slow tempo he whipped around the field to take the lead before the corner and kept going strongly to win the Cup by a length and a half.

One win over a staying distance pretty well pays for his preparation as he collected $13,200, including the BOBS Extra bonus.



It was very pleasing to see Beckon return to the winners stall with a comprehensive victory at the ATC meeting at Gosford this afternoon, in what was his first Sydney outing.

Trainer Peter Moody decided to try something different to snap Beckon out of his seeming lethargy as he has shown much more ability than that in the past.

After working him the reverse way of going he decided to bring him to Sydney for a metropolitan midweek race.

Back to 1200m in what was a solid tempo, jockey Jason Parr had him perfectly poised behind the two leaders, and he pulled out at the right time in the straight and then did the job well to come away for a one-length victory from a fast-finishing field.

After winning his first two career starts Beckon has lost his way somewhat but it is good to see him back in the winners’ circle for his second metropolitan victory from ten career starts.

While we are not getting carried away with his upside at this stage, he will stay in Sydney and we will look for further suitable races over sprint distances.


REBEL DANE continued on his winning way at Rosehill for his third win in as many starts.

 This most recent win, however, was quite remarkable.

Rebel Dane was burdened with 59kgs, when no horses rated higher than he nominated for the race, and Jason Collett took the ride again.

After drawing well and having a good run in transit as favourite, which was understandable following his first two impressive wins, Rebel Dane was suddenly in big trouble when he was hemmed in a pocket on the fence and had a real problem getting out.

Jason Collett aggressively shouldered his way out, and Rebel Dane clipped heels, almost fell, lost momentum, and Specific Choice had come from behind Rebel Dane and gone past him to have a length lead.

Rebel Dane was able to pick himself up from a standing start with 59kgs and run the other horse down in what was quite remarkable, and drew rave reports from everyone watching.

It was a brave effort, and a well-celebrated win, and certainly one that almost got away!

The win took Rebel Dane’s earnings to $167,380 from his three career starts, and $50,000 of that are BOBS bonuses.

Rebel Dane is obviously a tremendously exciting horse and he will now go to the paddock for a break before returning where we hope that he can continue the excitement into his next preparation.

We will test the water with him, and if he is up to the standard we will chase the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on Saturday 16 March with him.


Off the Canvas!! Rebel Dane three for three.


Rebel Dane’s happy owners







Rebel Dane Wins Again

Exciting 3yo Colt Rebel Dane made it two wins from two starts when winning at Rosehill this afternoon. Today’s event was over 1400m, and Rebel Dane had no problems rising to the challenge of Saturday grade, winning with authority.

Once again ridden by Jason Collett, who rode him at his first start, he was well-placed in transit, and on straightening he pulled to the outside so he had clear running and mowed down the leaders to come away for an impressive victory.

Trainer, Gary Portelli, will now decide if Rebel Dane has one more start this preparation or if he will be put away with an Autmn program in mind.

Rebel Dane wins his second start with authority


Today’s Canterbury meeting saw an impressive victory to Laurel Oak home-bred, and debutant, Rebel Dane. Trained by Gary Portelli, Rebel Dane has always sent out positive vibes, and as such, Gary decided to send the California Dane colt to a strong midweek city maiden at his first start. Ridden by Jason Collett, Rebel Dane was taken back in the field to find cover, and he eventually settled second last, approximately eight lengths off the speed. Rounding the turn, Rebel Dane began to work into the race and on straightening was the widest runner. Once balance up, Rebel Dane unleashed a scintillating turn of foot to reel in the leaders and score a narrow, but comprehensive victory.

Rebel Dane breaks his maiden on debut














The victory vindicated Gary’s decision to start the colt in such a strong race on debut and greater glories are in store for this youngster. Making the victory more special, was the fact that Rebel Dane was bred by a Laurel Oak manged, broodmare syndicate, which, sees Rebel Dane being the fourth generation of a family to be raced by Laurel Oak, since his Great-Great-Grandam, Georgian Gold, was raced successfully back in the early 1980’s. Laurel Oak has always kept a link with the family and we hope that Rebel Dane can continue the tradition. Going by the manner of todays win, it certainly will continue.


PETER MOODY-trained SWIFT SUCCESSION resumed in a hot 3yo field at Sandown. Remarkably, of the ten final acceptors, nine were last-start winners, with the only non-winner having been beaten not far in a Group 3 race at his previous start. After scratchings it meant seven of the eight runners were last-start winners, including our own Swift Succession. Such was his pre-race expectation, though, that he was the rank outsider, and, despite his working well and having had a couple of encouraging trials, Peter thought that he would need the run and would be better-suited over longer. However, after jumping well, jockey Luke Nolen had him perfectly placed one-out and one-back and travelling comfortably in the run, and presented him at the right time in the straight to challenge. It took most of the straight for Swift Succession to reel in the leaders, and once he did get there it looked like Peter’s pre-race prognosis would come to fruition as he started to wobble with about 50m to go and it looked like he might finish a close fourth. However he kept coming, despite running about a bit, and arrived in time for what was a good win. A healthy contingent of Laurel Oak owners attended the day to boost the midweek crowd, and significantly add to the noise level with some enthusiastic barracking down the straight. Commentators thought it may the bookies cheering when, in fact, it was some very happy Laurel Oak owners!


CERTAIN GLORY, finally broke her maiden status at Gundagai, and what a well-deserved victory that was. She was transferred from John O’Shea to Keith Dryden earlier in the year and, after resuming on 1 June, has raced very consistently. In her first seven starts for Keith she ran five placings, so she has kept threatening to win without actually doing so. However, she is proving to be a tough girl as she keeps pulling up well, so we have been able to continue the preparation trying to win a race. After running third on the same Nowra program where Roman Alliance won she was beaten in a very hot maiden field at Goulburn, and, with a couple of options for her two weeks ago, Keith took the one with the best barrier draw, and she dropped back to 1400m at Gundagai. She was very well-ridden by Lauri Wray, who had the mare in the right place at the right time throughout the race and presented her in perfect timing in the straight to challenge. Certain Glory did the rest by going on to score a one-length victory. She has come through the race well again, and her next start will have an important bearing on her longer-term career in seeing how she handles non-maiden company after such a long battle to win her maiden. She has now had thirteen career starts for one win and seven placings, but we are all very thankful that she eventually got to the winning post first.


Today’s Gundagai meeting saw our Tale Of The Cat Filly, Angel Of Avalon, break her maiden status with a solid victory. A terrific ride from Kevin Sweeney, who is in dashing form at present, had Angel Of Avalon right on the speed, utilising her good barrier. Approaching the turn, Kevin had the favourite working on his outside and on straightening Kevin let the filly go and she let down well to establish a lead. Angel Of Avalon was challenged late, however, her superiority showed over the concluding stages to record a comfortable win. Despite some niggling issues, this filly has done a terrific job since joining the Dryden yard and further success is not too far away.

Certain Glory Placing

Certain Glory made it two placings from two outings for her new trainer Keith Dryden. Today’s placing was at Wagga where Certain Glory settled midfield over the 1000m scamper. Approaching the turn, Certain Glory made her run around the field, however, she was unable to reel in the winner but hit the line solidly to finish a pleasing second. Certain Glory may now be looking for a bit further and trainer Keith Dryden is confident a win is right around the corner.

London Calling

Today sees the departure of our touring party for the Laurel Oak/Tony Noonan Racing Tour to Royal Ascot and The Irish Derby. This year marks our fourth venture to Royal Ascot, and third to the Irish Derby, and you can tell by the number of times we have returned, these tours are not to be missed. This year’s tour promises to be very special, and unique, with Australia, and the World’s, wonder mare, BLACK CAVIAR, already in England preparing for another record breaking feat. While “the great one’s” presence is enough, we will also be on course to see horses such as Frankel, So You Think, Camelot and Ortensia racing, and we cannot wait to be apart of it. Like all our tours, our main focus is on racing, but there is also a mixture of sightseeing, high class dining and accommodation to make our trip comfortable and memorable. Go Black Caviar!!

Dab Touching Placing

Dab Touch returned from a freshen up with a strong placing at Canberra this afternoon. An awkward barrier meant he had to go back from the jump and, after settling well in the run, Dab Touch hit the line solidly to finish second. Trainer Keith Dryden seems to have found the key to Dab Touch and he will be kept fresh and a win is not too far away.

Goulburn Placing for Glory

Today saw Certain Glory step out at Goulburn for the first time, under the care of her new trainer, Keith Dryden. Certain Glory had been working well leading into the event and had connections confident of a successful result. An awkward barrier saw Certain Glory travel wide throughout the entire race. Entering the straight, she still move into the race menacingly and went to the lead passing the 100m. The wide run took its toll in the end when she was nailed on the line by a runner from the Gary Portelli yard. While a win would have been nice, Certain Glory ran very well, and if we had to be beaten, we were glad it was by one of our Laurel Oak trainer’s.

Flying Bentley at Canberra

Flying Spur gelding, Flying Bentley, broke his maiden status in fine style at Canberra this afternoon.

Flying Bentley began well but was in an awkward position early, before jockey Kevin Sweeney was able to slot in one off the rails three pairs back, and Flying Bentley travelled well.

Approaching the turn, Kevin gave the big chestnut room, and he moved into the race entering the straight and looked a danger.

In the straight, Flying Bentley, gradually wore down the leaders and came away for a convincing win despite not recording a huge winning margin.

Flying Bentley has had an interrupted career due to a serious leg injury that required a long rest in the paddock. We hope that the patience his owners have shown will now start to be repaid the further he heads into the preparation.

Success at Cranbourne

Laurel Oak and the all conquering Peter Moodystable combined at Cranbourne this afternoon to take out the 1400m 2yo Maiden with Holy Roman Emperor gelding Swift Succession.

Ridden well by Noel CallowSwift Succession, dictated terms throughout the race and despite being challenged down the straight he fought back to win by the barest of margins. Thanks to the vigorous riding of Noel Callow!!

Swift Succession has shown above average ability at home but his immaturity has kept him from showing that ability on raceday.

Today’s win capped off a terrific preparation from Swift Succession which resulted in a win and a second from 3 outings.

This gelding has shown tremendous improvement with each raceday outing and with a break under his belt we are confident he will continue to improve. He is one to follow.

Vilakazi Street …….. Mr Consistency

Vilakazi Street showed he is “Mr Consistency” when he put up a mighty effort, but came up one short, in this afternoon’s Wagga Town Plate, finishing second to classy Melbourne sprinter, Andamon.

Yet again, a fruitful barrier gave Vilakazi Street the perfect run in transit, and after sitting midfield off a cracking speed, he was able to rail up entering the straight and was in a challenging position.

Passing the 300m Kevin Sweeney switched Vilakazi Street across the leader’s heels, took the lead, and looked set for victory.

Unfortunately, the race tempo meant the swoopers were coming late but only one was fast enough to go past Vilakazi Street in the shadows of the post.

It was a gallant effort from Vilakazi Street and took his preparation record to 7 starts for 3 wins and 4 placings and amassed prizemoney of $96,500.

In fact his preparation sequence has been 2-1-2-1-2-1-2, and the post race advice to trainer, Keith Dryden, was to find another race because a victory was certain.

The next victory, however, will have to be next preparation, as Vilakazi Street will now head for a very well deserved spell. His form this preparation has well and truly cemented him as a metropolitan Saturday class sprinter and his connections are very excited about the months ahead.