An accident on way to Queensland from Sydney delayed the arrival of this weekend’s Doomben 10,000 2014 favourite Rebel Dane who will be racing for the first time in a month.
Trainer Gary Portelli heard from the strapper travelling with California Dane four-year-old Rebel Dane that a few accidents on the highway put back the anticipated arrival time of the stallion in Brisbane where, on Saturday, they will run in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
“The strapper who is travelling with him said there had been a couple of accidents on the highway which put things behind by an hour or so,” Portell told The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday.
“It means he won’t get to Brisbane until later than planned and I just want to hear late tonight that he has eaten up and all is well.”
Rebel Dane has been dominating Doomben 10,000 betting since Portelli confirmed they would be accepting the Brisbane Racing Club’s invitation to compete in it, and the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7, cost-free.
Their dominance in Doomben 10,000 odds is despite their disappointing last start run in Sydney.
After a good first-up second behind Horse of the Year hopeful Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in the mud, Rebel Dane ran a below par fifth at their latest run on April 26 when fifth to Hana’s Goal in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
They have had one official trial since at Rosehill over 1030m, running second to Absalon, but Portelli remains confident they are fit and ready to shine in the sunshine state.
Portelli gave the horse a final piece of work at Warwick Farm last Saturday wanting to give them plenty of time to recover from their float trip before their run seven days later.
“With the float trip in mind, I didn’t want him to be doing too much when he got to Brisbane,” he said.
“He galloped really well and his recovery was fantastic.”
Lightly raced with just the 14 starts to date, Rebel Dane has already amassed over $1 million in prize money thanks to their Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) victory in Melbourne last September.
Saturday will be their maiden Queensland appearance and a win will see them firm in from their current $6.50 price for the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
Stradbroke betting at this stage is led by the Tony Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom who also runs in the 10,000 on the back of a game second to upset winner Famous Seamus in the BTC Cup.
The other major player in the 10,000 along with Rebel Dane and Spirit Of Boom is then Rob Heathcote’s beaten BTC Cup favourite Buffering after their fourth Group 1 victory.
The 2014 Doomben 10,000 field and barriers are set for release shortly so stay tuned.
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