Five top studs in the running for Rebel Dane
Fresh off a remarkable win for Burn On March 19 in the Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (G1) at Rosehill Gardens, the filly’s breeder and co-owner Louis Milhalyka told ANZ Bloodstock News that five major Hunter Valley sires threw their hats into the ring in support her currently homeless stallion. rebellious dane on their lists for the next breeding season.
Mihalyka, who bred Rebel Dane under his Laurel Oak banner and raced the two-time Group 1 winner with yesterday’s winning Golden Slipper trainer Gary Portelli, still basked in delight and disbelief at his star filly’s exploits. Fireburn after Saturday’s incredible success in Australia crowning the juvenile showpiece.
“We are absolutely euphoric,” Mihalyka said yesterday, having not concluded a celebratory lunch with relations in a long time. “You come into the races like a living prospect when you’re fourth favorite. The horse was clearly in good shape… But when she came she just went so fast, it’s scary. To win by two and a half lengths , you just think, ‘what just happened?’.”
Following Fireburn’s victory in the Furphy Sweet Embrace Stakes (G2) at Randwick Racecourse on February 26, it was announced that Rebel Dane would be moved from Glen Eden Stud, his Victorian home of the past two seasons, with the intention to place the son of California Danes in the New South Wales breeding heartlands of the Hunter Valley.
With no deal yet in place for the 12-year-old, the events of the weekend have greatly increased his appeal to some of the most prominent stallion farms in the Hunter Valley.
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“It couldn’t have worked better for what we were hoping to achieve,” Mihalyka said. “Over the past 24 hours we have had the pleasant contact of five of the leading stud farms in the Hunter Valley. We want to give the horse the best possible opportunities in terms of numbers, although Glen Eden has done an excellent job of making it 50 last season and worked extremely hard to achieve this. A stallion with a high profile can easily go from 50 to 100.”
“At the moment no one has ever offered to buy shares in the horse, they have only offered to put it in different offers. And if there is a stud that believes in the horse to buy shares in the stallion, well it’s fine suits the owners.”
The level of interest in Rebel Dane has prompted its consortium of owners, which includes Steve Grant and Kenny Lowe of Silverdale Farm, to employ an Interested Party Discussions Agent to act as a focal point in the negotiations.
“Tomorrow morning we will have an independent person, a well-known blood agent, appointed to handle investigations and do all communications independently,” Mihalyka said. “There are five owners (at Rebel Dane) and two of them are active in promoting the stallion, so rather than individuals being contacted and passing things on, we’ve decided we need to formalize it so we’re asking one person to go and coordinate and communicate, but we’re absolutely thrilled with the response we got today.