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.
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.