McDon­ald keen to stick with Smith’s Rebel af­ter trial win

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

Rebel Miss.

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