Portelli Confident Rebel Dane Can Snare 2013 Randwick Guineas Win

March 14th, 2013

Trainer Gary Portelli is confident that Rebel Dane can win him the 2013 Randwick Guineas at Warwick Farm this Saturday.

Portelli feels that Rebel Dane is good enough to warrant a start in the Group 1 race.

Rebel Dane

Portelli is positive Rebel Dane can win the 2013 Randwick Guineas. Picture by Steve Hart.

In fact, he is positive that the three-year-old has what it takes to win him the third Group 1 race of his career.

Portelli won the Group 1 AJC Oaks with Rena’s Lady in 2007, before claiming the 2010 telegraph Handicap with Gold Trail.

However, the trainer feels that this time is a very different story.

“This will be the first time I’ve gone into a Group 1 race with what I really think is a Group 1 horse,” Portelli said.

“Gold Trail was a fantastic Group 2 horse who was just below Group 1 level.

“And Rena’s Lady was still eligible for a class three at Canterbury on the Wednesday before she came out and won the Adrian Knox and then the Oaks.

“It’s the first time I’m going to the races with a serious horse, and I don’t feel nervous.

“It’s now up to the jockey to make sure he doesn’t get hampered at any stage.

“It’s a bit like a football coach who has good players. Good players know what to do.

“Good horses make us trainers, jockeys and owners look good.”

Not only that, Portelli feels Rebel Dane will only get better and better as he gets older.

“He’s still learning his trade, but he’s exciting, and doesn’t know how to lie down,” he said.

“He will only keep improving as a four-year-old.

“We’ll know more after Saturday, and if he wins, the world’s our oyster.”

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