Waller and Hutchings then combined in the following race, the McGrath Estate Agents Bm77 Handicap (1200m), with Sir Bacchus. The Sebring three-year-old gelding stormed down the outside with 59kg to win his second race in succession.

Sir Bacchus will make presence felt in Queensland winter. Picture Simon BullardThe win looked unlikely at the 300m with Lucky Fish (carried 52.5kg) and apprentice James Innes out to a good lead and Sir Bacchus not making ground. However Hutchings quickly reversed that impression and the grey charged at the leader and swept past for a 1 1/2L winning margin and a new class record time of 1.09.67.

Lucky Fish (Exceed And Excel) was second with a further 1 1/2L to Sampeah (Exceed Ad Excel) (59kg) and Mitchell Bell in third.

“He needed to be a good horse to win from where he was,” said Waller. “He is an immature horse who is still learning his trade.”

The next step in that learning curve will be, like his stablemate Encosta Line, a trip to Brisbane and in his case for the Group 3 Fred best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on May 21st. The winner of that race gains a start in the $1.5m, Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) with Waller commenting that the stable and connections can ‘dream’.

Sir Bacchus, out of the Encosta de Lago mare Bacchanal Woman, is owned by a large group including Laurel Oak Bacchus, Boeara Holdings, Mr F W Cook, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Dirty Grey, Mr K R Lowe, Mrs M P Lowe, Mr A W Reichard, Mr J T O’Brien, Club Bacchus, Mr M W Powell, Mr N Macdonald, Mrs R H Richards, Mrs C M Cook and Mrs E K Grant and they celebrated accordingly after their win. Their runner has earned them stakes of $237,725 plus a $20,000 BOBS bonus.

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He’s the younger brother of a Group 1 winner who speaks the same language, albeit with a southern accent.

Texas Rebel, a half-brother to Rebel Dane, broke through for his first career win with victory in race three (1400m) at Randwick on Anzac day.

“He’s always shown he’s going to get there eventually,” trainer Gary Portelli told G1X.com.au.

“He’s a big, lean horse and he’s just starting to fill up his frame.”

Texas Rebel April 25 win

With the same trainer, the same looks and wearing the same silks as Rebel Dane, the three-year-old son of Texarcana scooted up the rail to just hold off Go Benny ($6.10), with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Red Knot ($2.30 favourite) in third.

“He obviously doesn’t have the turn of foot of his brother but he’s only won by a head today and hopefully he keeps the trend up,” Portelli said.

“He actually came in last time and I wasn’t happy with him so I tipped him out again. He came in for this preparation and he’s stronger, but he’s still not there yet. He’s a long way from being where I think he’s going to be in six months, 12 months time.

“He’s a big jumping type, he’s got a fantastic attitude and he’s a lovely horse to train, and great to see the colours back up and winning again.”

Having jumped from gate four, the colt was given a smart ride from Travis Wolfgram, who took advantage of the rail being out 12 metres.

“His last few starts he’s drawn bad and we’ve gone back on him,” Wolfgram said.

“Everyone’s been scouting a bit wider so the inside was a bit untouched and being the first go at the 1400m, I needed to cover him the best I could.”

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Underrated three-year-old Sir Bacchus may get the opportunity of a Brisbane winter carnival campaign after thrashing his rivals first-up at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained grey won back-to-back races at Canterbury and Randwick in December, prompting a belated bid for the $1m Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast on January 10.

Sadly for his horde of owners, about 60, Sir Bacchus was below his best and finished well down the order and was sent for a well earned break.

Sir Bacchus 1 Simon Bullard

The son of Sebring has clearly benefited from his time away from racing after yesterday’s 2½-length win after a heady ride by Jason Collett.

Collett snagged Sir Bacchus ($6.50) back to last early before making the bold decision to pin his hopes along the rails rather than come around them.

Sir Bacchus sprinted quickly passing the 300m streaking away with stablemate So Willie ($41) making ground from the back to take second just ahead of Dark Steel ($6.50).

Odds-on favourite Reincarnate had the run of the race but couldn’t add to his sequence of three straight wins and finished a disappointing fourth.

Sir Bacchus 2 Simon Bullard

Winning jockey Collett who walked the track before the first race prepared for all contingencies but not locked into a plan.

“I just sort of had an open mind as to where I’d be in the run and as to where I’d come down the straight,’’ Collett said. “Once I gave him that rein, he was off and gone and made it look easy.’’

With Waller on holidays, deputy Charlie Duckworth said the manner of Sir Bacchus’ win was enough to consider a trip away this winter. “It was very impressive,’’ Duckworth said. “He put them away with relative ease so hopefully he’ll progress up to Queensland.’’

Sir Bacchus returned to his huge team of happy owners brought together by well known syndicator Louis Mihalyka of Rebel Dame fame.

“There are about 60 people in Sir Bacchus,’’ Mihalyka said. “There are a couple of syndicates, of them only goes into grey coloured horses; they call themselves the Dirty Greys.’’

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In the small seven horse field, the John O’Shea-trained Medaglia d’Oro gelding Reincarnate, a winner of his last three starts started the clear $2.00 favourite in the $85,000 Hyland Race Colours Handicap over 1200m.

As misty rain fell on the good 4 track, In Her Time (Time Thief), the lone filly in the field flew the gates and went forward to take up the lead very comfortably from Wudang Mountain and Dark Steel who came along the rail to take up third.

Race favourite Reincarnate settled in fourth on the outside with Chris Waller’s Sir Bacchus, who was resuming from a break after a last start run in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast, settle in last position.

Surprisingly off the pace, in comparison to his last start where he lead, Reincarnate began to track wide rounding the turn as his jockey James McDonald started to urged the three-year-old along.

At the 300m mark, Dark Steel had come along the inside of the runners to take up the lead momentarily before Jason Collett on Sir Bacchus drive the son of Sebring along the rail to hit to the front.

Surging clear, the grey pulled away to record a two and a half-length victory over stablemate So Willie (More Than Ready) in a time of 1.10.54 on the Good 4 rated track surface.

Holding on for third was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Dark Steel (Redoute’s Choice), with favourite Reincarnate back in fourth.

Starting $6.40 on the NSW TAB and $6.00 on fixed odds betting Sir Bacchus now has three wins and a place from six starts, for owners Laurel Oak Bacchus (Mgr: L J Mihalyka) F Cook, K Lowe, Mrs M Lowe, Club Bacchus (Mgr: L J Mihalyka), Dirty Grey (Mgr: M Mulligan), A Reichard, J O’Brien, Grant Bloodstock (Mgr: S Grant), M Powell, N Macdonald, Mrs R Richards, Mrs C Cook, Mrs E Grant and Boeara Holdings (Mgr: Mrs D Dunphy), with the victory taking his career earnings to $188,975.

Likely to form part of Chris Waller’s arsenal for the Brisbane winter Carnival, stable representative Charlie Duckworth was on hand to discuss the victory with Waller currently enjoying a well-deserved holiday.

“He was very impressive,” stated Duckworth.

“Obviously he had a great prep last prep and he ran well in the Magic Millions Guineas.

“Resuming today it was a dominant performance.

“He has always run well fresh and he today he put them away with relative ease so hopefully he’ll progress up to Queensland.”

When asked about a trip to the Queensland carnival, Duckworth felt the win was enough to see him on the float.

“I would have thought that would be enough,” stated Duckworth.

Jockey Jason Collett who wasn’t tied down to an specific riding instruction, produced a perfect effort to take the win.

“I kept an open mind on where I’d be in the run and sort of where I’d come down the straight,” stated Collett.

“I had a walk of the track before the first and the obvious two strips on the inner aren’t probably the best, but the way he was travelling, he made it look easy.

“Once I gave him more reign he was off and gone.”

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His jockey is suddenly out of luck and his horse continues to be out of favour.

There are obviously better angles from which Louis Mihalyka can approach a major race, but it’s not enough to stop Rebel Dane’s managing owner from making a case for a Group One upset in the All Aged Stakes.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock’s Mihalyka says Rebel Dane deserves a break at Group One level after toiling away from indifferent barrier draws for most of the autumn.

The same can also be said for Rebel Dane’s jockey Jason Collett.

Collett was going to ride the odds-on favourite Yankee Rose in the Champagne Stakes as he chases his first Group One win.

Getting back on Rebel Dane for the first time since the 2013 Randwick Guineas was an unexpected add-on to his day at Randwick.


But in light of Yankee Rose’s scratching from the Champagne, Collett’s All Aged Stakes outsider has become an all-or-nothing Group One ride for him as the Sydney autumn carnival draws to a close.

And while Australia’s studs seem to have given up on Rebel Dane as a stallion prospect, Mihalyka is keeping the faith.

“The horse is fine, well and healthy and racing in good form theoretically, but he’s just not getting the opportunity to figure at the pointy end,” he said.

“Barriers have cost him in the Futurity (Stakes), the Galaxy when he was back and had no hope and then he drew the outside gate in the TJ Smith and was four and five wide throughout.”

“He’s not as good as the Chautauquas of this world. He needs to have barrier advantage to compete against them. Not disadvantage.”

Just as high-profile stablemates Press Statement and Kermadec will be out to impress for an overseas campaign, Mihalyka said Rebel Dane needed to win another Group One race to revive his prospects of a commercial career at stud.

“There was far more interest 18 months ago,” he said.

“The fact that he hasn’t won a Group One race since the Rupert Clarke (Stakes) for two years, that sort of nipped things in the bud.

“He needs to go and ram it down their throats with another Group One win and he just hasn’t been able to do that.”

Rebel Dane will be contesting his third All Aged Stakes and was sent out favourite to win two years ago for Glen Boss.

He is unwanted as a $26 chance on Saturday as the next crop of Australia’s young sprinters come through with Press Statement favourite to beat fellow three-year-old English and the talented four-year-old Malaguerra.

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Gary Portelli will turn to the jockey who has won more races on Rebel Dane than any other in a bid to salvage something out of a frustrating autumn campaign.

Jason Collett will be reunited with Rebel Dane in the $600,000 All Aged Stakes on Saturday – more than three years after he lost the ride when the $1.6 million earner missed out as favourite in the 2013 Randwick Guineas.

“We started off with Jason and we’re hoping the combination can kick us back into the winning form he used to be in,” Portelli said.

Collett linked with Rebel Dane when the sprinter made a winning debut at the midweeks and he steered the three-year-old through two more wins during the 2012 spring.

The association resumed where it left off with a first-up success in the Royal Sovereign Stakes (below) but it came to an end two starts later when Rebel Dane was beaten into fourth place behind It’s A Dundeel in the Randwick Guineas.

Portelli is adamant the autumn hasn’t worked out as it should because of difficult barrier draws, although he is thankful a throat operation has allowed Rebel Dane to have an extended preparation.

“Hopefully we can finally draw a good gate because the horse is in absolutely superb order,” Portelli said.

“It’s been a bit of a disastrous preparation as far as barriers go, but I don’t think I’ve ever had him this far into a preparation looking so well.”

In his past three Group One appearances, Rebel Dane has drawn eight of 11 in the Futurity Stakes, 13 of 14 in The Galaxy and the outside gate in a field of 15 in the TJ Smith Stakes.

“In the TJ Smith we drew 15 and we thought we’d go forward and try to get into a good spot. We never got closer than six off the fence,” Portelli said.

Rebel Dane wound up midfield in the TJ Smith, finishing 5-1/2 lengths from the winner Chautauqua.

There has been an early move for Rebel Dane in all-in betting on the All Aged, with bookmakers trimming the sprinter’s odds from $26 to $17.

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In what was a strong market for the top lots, and slightly down for the session two horses, Laurel Oak Bloodstock were fortunate enough to secure seven yearlings for clients.

The first purchase for Laurel Oak Bloodstock was from the draft of the Kelly’s Newhaven Park as Lot 150, a filly by Sebring, a stallion destined for Champion honours in the future we feel.

Lot 159 yearling LOB 120k
The filly is out of the Commands mare Absolutely Flying, herself a half-sister to stakes winning juvenile Camporella (Exceed And Excel), both daughters of the Listed winning Really Flying. It is also the family of Group 1 winners Fair King Prawn and Easy Rocking.

As the sire of Horse of the Year Dissident and the four-time Group 1 winner Criterion, the Widden Stud based Sebring is a stallion we have a lot of time for and are keen to purchase his progeny. On the other hand, Commands as a broodmare sire has been represented by six stakes winners to date – two being Group 1 winners; Politeness and Contentment.

Next up it was Lot 176 from the draft of Edinglassie Stud, a brown Sepoy colt out the Group 2-winning juvenile Amelia’s Dream, who we never got to see the best of due to injury.

Lot 176 yearling LOB 225k
A half-brother to the Laurel Oak Bloodstock part-owned Better Land, a multiple stakes performer, this colt is by a Golden Slipper winner out of a mare who was favourite for the Golden Slipper before being injured – hence he has extreme stallion appeal if he can live up to his pedigree and good looks!

To date, while Sepoy has not hit the heights everyone has expected, his most impressive winner is the Laurel Oak Bloodstock bred and sold She’s Positive.

Milburn Creek were the vendors of our next purchase, Lot 190, a filly by Sepoy out of the speedy, Listed-winning Exceed And Excel mare Baby Corn, herself a daughter of the Group 3 winner Sweet Corn.

Lot 190 yearling LOB 370k
Bred to be very much a two-year-old prospect, the mare has already produced the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes and Group 1 Blue Diamond placegetter Cornrow.

Exceed And Excel as a broodmare sire has produced 11 stakes winners so far highlighted by the Group 1 winner Bounding as well as this season’s stakes-winning juvenile Scarlet Rain and Astern.

Going back to back, purchasing another Sepoy filly, Lot 191 was from the draft of Widden Stud.

Lot 191 yearling LOB 230k
The second living foal of the Listed-winning Encosta de Lago mare Bacchanal Woman, the filly is a half-sister to Laurel Oak Bloodstock’s very promising Sir Bacchus who has had two wins and a third from five starts and looks set to resume in the coming weeks for trainer Chris Waller, who was very keen to put his hand up to train this filly.

She was a much admired filly with Peter Snowden being the under bidder on this filly to buy for himself while trainer Joe Pride was also very keen to get his hand on the filly.

While having to wait quite a while for our next purchase, it was worth the wait as Lot 459 found its way to Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

Lot 459 yearling 70k
From the second crop of Fastnet Rock’s Group 1-winning son Foxwedge, the colt was our second purchase from the draft of Newhaven Park.

The second foal out of the winning Tale Of The Cat mare Angel Of Avalon, the first foal of the mare is a smart winning juvenile Fox Tales, a full-brother to this colt.

Offered as part of the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft, the Pluck filly is out of the stakes placed Danehill mare Danasierra, herself a full-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner and Champion mare Dane Ripper, who are in turn both daughters of the Group 1 winner Red Express.

Bred on a similar cross to the one that has produced Group 1 winners Benicio, More Than Sacred, Perfectly Ready and Dreamaway, Lot 483 is from the second crop of More Than Ready’s Group 2-winning son who has only been represented by one crop of runners to date in the southern hemisphere, highlighted by the smart Gasoline, a stakes placegetter in New Zealand, who was interestingly bred and sold by the same vendor as out filly.

Lot 483 yearling LOB 60k
The final purchase of the sale came towards the close of business as we secured another Sepoy to complete our seven purchases.

From the draft of Goodwood Farm, Lot 568 was bred by a Laurel Oak breeding syndicate, just like recent Magic Millions Adelaide winner She’s Positive and Group 2 winner Maygrove, and we just couldn’t let the colt go unwanted in the ring.

Lot 568 yearling LOB
While he may take a little time to strength and mature, he is by Sepoy, out of the Laurel Oak Bloodstock-raced Grand Lodge mare Soul Diva, a winner of 11 races as well as being a Group 2 placegetter.

The pedigree for each purchase can be viewed by clicking the ‘Lot’ number and if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the office on office@laureloak.com.au