Rebel Dane expected to excel as sire for Swettenham Stud
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.