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Rebel Dane ex­pected to ex­cel as sire for Swet­ten­ham Stud

The Sportsman Weekend - - Chartform - By SHAYNE O’CASS

He was a tough, colo­nial sprint­ing type who has com­peted at the high­est level in ev­ery race. – Adam Sang­ster

‘AN Aus­tralian warhorse’.

That’s how Adam Sang­ster views iron-horse and dual Group 1 win­ner Rebel Dane (pic­tured) who ar­rived at Swet­ten­ham Stud on Fri­day morn­ing as a new chap­ter in his long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer awaits.

Rebel Dane is one of six stal­lions on the Swet­ten­ham ros­ter along­side

likes of Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Amer­i­cain, fives-times Group 1 per­former Puis­sance De Lune and the Adam Sang­ster bred Trust In A Gust.

With a shared to­tal of 145 starts be­tween the six stal­lions, there is one ob­vi­ous com­mon trait that they all share — sound­ness, sea­son af­ter sea­son.

“Sound­ness is a very im­por­tant as­pect,” Sang­ster told Sports­man.

“And with all the prize­money in­creases, you can reap ben­e­fits by hav­ing a sound horse.

“There is a very good feel in Vic­to­ria at the mo­ment par­tic­u­larly with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new VOBIS Sires which is a $1m two-year-old race with chance a three­year-old race in years to come.”

Rebel Dane has had more starts than any of his new as­so­ciate sires at Swet­ten­ham with 40 race day ap­pear­ances, 25 of them at Group 1 level.

Thirty seven of his 40 starts were in black-type races.

The Gary Portelli-trained grand­son of Dane­hill won the Manikato Stakes (1200m) and Sir Ru­pert Clarke ( 1400m), was run­ner-up in Syd­ney’s T.J Smith was third a Moir and Manikato at the Val­ley.

His re­tires with earn­ings of more than $2m.

“He was a tough, colo­nial sprint­ing type who has com­peted at the high­est level in ev­ery race.

“Sadly it was a few wide bar­ri­ers that didn’t al­low him to fin­ish on a win­ning note which ev­ery­one would have loved to be done but he’s cer­tainly enough in his ca­reer,” said Sang­ster.

“As Gary Portelli says, he is look­ing for­ward to see­ing his prog­eny and he’ll cer­tainly be buy­ing some.

“Rebel Dane has a na­tional pro­file and we’ve had good en­quiries from breed­ers so far.

“The Dane­hill fac­tor out of a More Than Ready mare, breed­ing-wise, is very at­trac­tive.

“He cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion from the out­set. He won his first four starts, he two Group 1s; was placed in an­other three and

fourth five more so it was a pretty sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer.

“He was pretty damn good,” Sang­ster says.

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