Track conditions may have been unfavorable, but Glen Boss was still delighted with how TJ Smith aspirant Rebel Dane trialled.

Boss noted that while the Rosehill track was still rain affected, Rebel Dane still trialled well ahead of Saturday week’s TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick.

Rebel Dane was deep throughout as he closed to within a head of Zaratone at the end of the 900 metres.

“The ground was pretty soft, pretty ordinary ground to trial on unfortunately, which is not his go as he’s not really a soft track horse, but it was a good trial,” Boss said.

“I was really happy with him, he looks great and pulled up really well. All good signs.”

Boss said he would ride Rebel Dane, which hasn’t started since finishing seventh behind Buffering in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic, at Warwick Farm next Tuesday, but he believes trainer Gary Portelli has him exactly where he wants him.

He said Rebel Dane, winner of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield last September, is not the sort of horse that needs to be hammered to get fit.

“He’s a genuine horse, a proper sprinter. He’s a better horse than he was last spring, the only real time he failed was when he went down the straight.

“He was terrible down the straight, he had no idea. The rest of his prep was great.”

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Glen Boss predicts Rebel Dane will announce his arrival as one of the country’s elite sprinters when he returns in next month’s $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes.

Boss partnered the Gary Portelli-trained horse in a race day gallop at Rosehill on Saturday and came away adamant the four-year-old felt superior to the spring when he won the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

“What I see there is a fully mature colt. He’s always been a bit immature and weak and he’s been doing it all on raw ability,” Boss said.

“I’d say he’s in the top three or four sprinters going around at the moment.

“Last preparation he was probably in the top five, now he’s top three and he’s gone to another level.”

Rebel Dane pictured below winning the G1 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes on September 29, defeating Fontelina, Solzhenitsyn and Speediness.

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mare and foalThis is a good time to analyse your broodmares in preparation for the 2014 booking season. We would reasonably expect that the more-popular stallions, particularly from a future sales point of view, will be subject to their usual booking frenzy over the Easter yearling period.

We stay in close touch with all the major studs with regard to possible and likely stallion additions for the 2014 breeding season, so we expect that the only major stallion additions for the coming season will be late retirements in either hemisphere.

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Although we had to wait until towards the end of the sale, Laurel Oak Bloodstock were fortunate enough to secure Lot 653, a brown Written Tycoon filly out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Cosmic Choice, herself a half-sister to the Listed placed Luce del Mare, both daughters of the Group Three-winning, Group One placed Made Of Gold mare Cosmic Strike.

For more information on Lot 653, please click the below image to view Laurel Oak Bloodstock’s flyer on the filly.

Grand Orator

Secured from the NZB Yearling Sales in 2010 by Tony Noonan, 5yo Oratorio gelding Grand Orator won his third race today for owners; Laurel Oak Aidan Syndicate (L J Mihalyka), Francis Cook, Graham Duffy-Smith, Christine Duffy-Smith, Glenn & …Kerry Fraser, Wayne Frith, Anne Goble, David Hawke, Roy Hodgson, Trevor Hodgson, Tony McDougall, Paul Peters & Susannah Thompson Hawke.

Taking the race by a length from Written Intent with the third placed Sadaqa two-and-three-quarter lengths astern, Grand Orator has produced 10 top four finishes from his 15 starts to date!!

Congratulations to all involved with the progressive 5yo including some of his excited owners below with trainer Tony Noonan.


Known as “Rosie” to her legion of owners, Not A Single Doubt filly All My Loving headed to Kembla Grange on Saturday February 15 to contest the Blow Hole Point Maiden Plate over 2000m.

Stepping up to the trip for the first time, a trip that connections had always felt confident she would handle, the Gary Portelli-trained filly had recorded four previous placed efforts from her seven career starts to that point.

With Sam Clipperton in the saddle, the filly jumped away well from the gates and went forward to settle in third position, a few lengths from the leader.

Appreciating the good tempo set up front, Clipperton pulled the filly out before the home turn and she rounded them up before pulling away to assert her superior staying ability, going on to record an impressive four length victory from Dodge That with a nose back to the third horse Heresdecasino.

The manner of her victory now opens up Oaks options for the Laurel Oak Rose (Mgr: L J Mihalyka), Jalana (Mgr: D Gremmo), A N Fitzgerald, L J Carpenter, Mrs K A Carpenter, Ms K L Benson, Mrs S L Grant, S James-owned filly as she progresses further into her campaign with the lucrative Group One ATC Australian Oaks as part of “The Championship” race days, or there is the Group One Queensland Oaks held in Queensland during the Winter.

While she is by  noted sprinting sire in Not A Single Doubt, her staying capabilities appear to come through her dam side with her dam Valentine Rose being by Black Minnaloushe.

Purchased from the draft of Burnewang North Pastoral at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the improving filly wears the pink and white silks of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with 10% of all her winning prizemoney going to the very worthy cause.

Congratulations to all involved in this filly!!

Heading to the 2014 Karaka Yearling Sales in New Zealand, Laurel Oak Bloodstock in conjunction with our trainer Tony Noonan were fortunate to secure Lot 478, a chestnut filly by first-season sire Rip Van Winkle, out of the stakes-winning More Than Ready mare Floramour  – pedigree.

From the draft of Curraghmore Stud, the sire of our filly in Rip Van Winkle is a Champion Three-year-old son of Galileo, the winner of five races highlighted by victories in the York Juddmonte International Stakes, Goodwood Sussex Stakes and the Ascot Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – all at Group One level.

The first foal from Floramour, the broodmare sire of our filly More Than Ready has been represented by three Group One winners – all in the last 12 months – Atlante, Miracles Of Life and our very own Rebel Dane, while he is also the broodmare sire of this year’s Magic Millions winner Unencumbered.

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

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