After suffering a career-ending sesamoid injury earlier this month, dual Derby winner Rebel Raider is set to commence stud duties at the recently established Southern Victorian Thoroughbred Stud Carin Park.
The six-year-old Reset stallion was originally sent into retirement in the spring of last year, but was bought back to the track after suitable stud arrangements could not be found.
Running a promising first-up fourth to Uxorious in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on August 6, Rebel Raider was then scratched from the Listed Penny Edition Stakes on August 20 after co-trainer Leon Macdonald had concerns over his fitness.
Scans revealed Rebel Raider had retriggered a former injury, a broken ligament away from the sesamoid ruling out a return to racing for the ever gallant galloper.
Finding a stud for Rebel Raider to begin his new career as a stallion proved to be no issue second time round, Carin Park thrilled to have the 2009 South Australian Derby – 2008 Victoria Derby winner among their ranks.
Over his career, the versatile Rebel Raider started 21 times for six wins and four minor placings amassing total earnings of $1,408,340.
Rebel Raider was prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas in South Australia, proving a track genius from an early age with a win in the Group 3 Darley Sires’ Produce Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville at just their third start back in April of 2008 as a two-year-old.
There is little doubt that Rebel Raider’s best season came as a three-year-old in 2008-09 where on the back of a third place finish to The Tiger in the Listed Geelong Classic (2206m), they displayed stamina and class to defeat race favourite Whobegotyou by a commanding two and a half lengths in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival of 2008.
Rebel Raider continued on to become a multiple Derby winner when after failing to produce at the Sydney Autumn Carnival in 2009, they took out the Group 1 SAJC Derby (2500m) on May 2, 2009 by an empathic four lengths.
His achievements on the track, which also included a two length victory in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) at Morphettville on the 18th of April 2009, saw Rebel Raider ranked top of the 2008-09 Australasian 3YO Classifications (long).
The talented middle-distance galloper’s other Group win, aside from their duo of Derby successes, came in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in August 2010 as a five-year-old.
“I was fortunate to train the Champion three-year-old of his era and AJC Derby winner Gold Guru and I’d have to say that Rebel Raider was a better stayer and he never realised his full potential,” co-trainer Leon Macdonald said.
Rebel Raider is tipped to produce top-class offspring due to his impeccable breeding.
He is a son of former champion racehorse Reset, whose own father was Australia’s leading sire Zabeel and who only raced as a three-year-old starting five times for five wins over a short but impressive career that included wins in the 2004 VRC Australian Guineas and Futurity Stakes, from Dehere (USA) mare Picholine.
Picholine, a three-time winner, has been a breeding sensation with one of her first three foals being the now-retired Group 3 winner Shamoline Warrior.
Displaying many of the same physical traits as his famous grand sire Zabeel, Rebel Raider is described by Carin Park Stud as a “handsome stallion standing 16.2 hands.”
With such an impressive track resume and stunning pedigree, Rebel Raider will stand for a first-season stud fee of $5,500 inc. GST.
Rebel Raider was on-way to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2011 at the time of his injury and subsequent retirement, having been nominated for both the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in October.
In Cox Plate 2011 betting Rebel Raider was an $81 roughie at Luxbet, while 2011 Caulfield Cup odds had the champion installed at $61.
On Tuesday Racing Victoria released the list of Caulfield Cup 2011 weights, as allocated by chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.
Rebel Raider was handed 55kg, equal in the weights with the Robert Hickmott-trained Midas Touch and Chris Waller’s Group 1 star My Kingdom Of Fife who resumes racing this Saturday in the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), which will run at Warwick Farm after the meeting was transferred from Randwick.
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