McDonald keen to stick with Smith’s Rebel after trial win
A ROUSING barrier trial win was more than enough to convince Sydney’s number one hoop James McDonald nail down the ride on Rebel Miss when she resumes in the ATC Summer Racing Sprint (1000m) at Kensington tomorrow.
McDonald, the $1.05 favourite to win 2018/19 Sydney’s Jockeys Premiership, had a front-row seat when the Matthew Smithtrained mare burned-up the turf winning her Warwick Farm 807m trial in a sizzling 46.25 seconds.
“She has come back good order and has probably trialled better this time than going into her first-up run last preparation – definitely,” Smith said.
“She is a bit more forward this time, she goes well fresh so I think has got to be a good chance on the weekend.”
Rebel Miss’ last win was back in September 2017 but no one could deny her consistency.
During her last preparation, the mare was placed five times in nine starts in Sydney and in Queensland.
“It was just one of those preps, she ran very well at most of her runs but just couldn’t get one (a win) on the board,” Smith said.
Smith has an intimate knowledge of what makes Rebel Miss tick given he trained both her sire, Krupt, and dam, Marju Rani.
Krupt could have been anything and maybe even elevated Smith to the lofty mantle of Golden Slipper winning trainer.
The son 1995 hero, Flying Spur, won the Group 2 ATC Todman Stakes (1200m) at only his second race start before ongoing hoof issues prevented him from going any further.