In September, when Rory O’Brien took on the challenge of co-director at Victorian outfit Glen Eden Stud, he shouted from the rooftops to anyone who would listen about the steed’s smoldering potential. their. Rebel Dane .
Three months later, and his prophecy is telling the results on the track showing that the stallion’s feats are much more unannounced.
Rebel Dane, whose 28 ponies live the first crop, had last season secured its first bet winner in May via trained Matthew Dunn Underground, who landed the Tab Ken Russell Memorial Classic (G3) on the Gold Coast, and became one of three juvenile winners for stallions in the freshman season from just seven runners.
Subterranean big win – first winner for boys first season REBEL DANE. Congratulation @GrantBloodstock and connections as well @LaurelOakB who gave the mare every chance. More to come pic.twitter.com/0au6dGW0mw
– Swettenham Stud (@SwettenhamStud) December 5, 2020
On December 18, Rebel Dane’s On fire easily won the 1,200 meters (about six longhairs) juniors at Randwick, a result that saw the rider become the fifth steed winner from just 13 runners in the first two seasons. his ancestor.
“I’m pretty optimistic about Rebel Dane. You have to believe in your product. I took this job after my first Subterranean win. I think I saw something in Subterranean that wasn’t like me,” he said. won very well,” O’Brien told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“And yesterday, Fireburn, she was very strong and I can’t help but think that if allowed to go a few hundred yards, she would give them more space than she did.”
It’s interesting to see how good it is @Goodwood_FarmRebel Dane’s graduates will become a sire, Saturday production @aus_turf_club Tiny Fireburn (pictured) victory for the same @LaurelOakB & @GaryPortelli combo like her king 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/d4bA2EY98Z
– Goodwood Farm (@Goodwood_Farm) December 18, 2021
Fireburn is coached by Gary Portelli and wears Louis Mihalyka’s Laurel Oak Bloodstock silks, the same connections that have led her male Rebel Dane to two Group 1 victories on track in the 2013 Sir Clas Seafood Invitation. Rupert Clarke Stakes (G1) and 2016 executive of William Hill Manikato Stakes (G1). And, while Portelli and Mihalyka may be celebrating the start of what could also be another exciting prospect on the track for them, the potential impact on their former ally Rebel Dane could be will be deeper.
Rebel Dane covered 92 mares in his first four seasons at stud school, the past two years this number has dropped to 11 and 14. However, after feats from the Subterranean, the stallion has undergoing some sort of revival, having included a book circa 50 mares in the most recent breeding season for a fee of AU$8,800 (GST included).
“He’s written a record book this year, looks like he’s going to hit the 50 mark, which is a significant improvement,” O’Brien said.
“Up until around November, he still had only three winners… It took a lot of work to sell him, but people have learned to trust me through what I tell them and what I do. told them it was coming, and it started to go up a little bit. Those numbers, from the sample size, were ridiculous.
“I fully expect him to improve again with nominations next year, that’s the plan, to break records year after year.”
Bred by Laurel Oak Bloodstock of Mihalyka, Fireburn was the first pony to win So you think mare Mull Over, bought AU$22,000 (US$16,559) for Laurel Oak Bloodstock at the Magic Millions National Breeder Sale 2018 and herself as a half-sister to the dual-list winner Galizani, with Mull Over being sent to Rebel Dane for her first cover.
“It’s one of the good things in racing that they’ve trusted him as a stallion for so long, and that belief is unshakable. These guys are smart people, and I am Louis is great with stallions, and several other owners such as Ken Lowe and Steve Grant, who have steadfastly supported his stallion. them,” O’Brien added.
Of Rebel Dane’s five winners, four have succeeded at the urban level, a strike rate that sees him encounter elite stallions in his crop only by numbers and chance. limited and those are statistics that O’Brien has worked hard to convey to highlight the potential of the stallion to breeders.
His winners include Rebecca Waymouth-trained underage goalscorer Lloyd’s crown, who in the spring came in third after Coolmore’s Farm hand and Godolphin’s Eat in in Win Edge Poseidon Stakes at Flemington. Furthermore, and following the same connections as Fireburn, Rebel Shadow broke her maidenhood at Canterbury last month, and it’s the results that O’Brien believes are once again creating buzz around Rebel Dane on the sales front.
“Lloyd’s Crown also appeared recently. He had a second bout against the famous Busuttin and Young and then finished first in the second run, beating the same horse. He came through. time with Subterranean and people started talking about him at sales with me and things like that, and I can feel that coming again,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien, who joined longtime owner Sonia O’Gorman under the leadership of Glen Eden, joined the sales firm in March, holding lofty plans for the livestock operation, and Sunday revealed that the sire will be looking to establish a racing presence on the track, having recently created a legal entity to run their crosses.
“It’s been an exciting time for us as well as crossbreeding with the Rebel Dane. He’s probably had a bit more quality this year and we’ll probably race some of that. That shows what we’re all about; a growing racing enthusiast,” said O’Brien.
“We expect to have our first runner in the Glen Eden color by the middle of next year with Glen Eden Bloodstock Pty Ltd now established and that will include our racing and breeding interests.
“It was to show our ability to breed runners. We want to be a commercial dark horse in the future and succeed in selling our progeny, I. I think it’s important for us to be identified as racers and be able to succeed there as well.We never want to lose that connection.
“There’s a lot more to come, and even though it’s a long-term plan, I’m definitely buying leather to get traction.”
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/255677/rebel-danes-progeny-coming-to-fruition Rebel Dane’s descendants are about to bear fruit