It won’t surprise if frustrating galloper Rebel With a Cause heads for a jumping career this year after finally breaking his maiden in convincing style at Warrnambool on Tuesday.
Trained at Stawell by Dane Smith, the six-year-old was sent out a $12 chance in Tuesday’s 2350-metre maiden on the back of a seven-length ninth at the same track three weeks earlier.
Having his 12th start, Rebel With a Cause was ridden patiently at the tail by Clayton Douglas, who made the winning move at the 600-metre mark.
Set alight, Rebel With a Cause found clear galloping room, rounding up his rivals on straightening and dashing away for a comprehensive two-length win.
Smith trained Mujadale and Something to Share to win hurdle races in 2017.
Christine the key
Horsham jockey Christine Puls teamed up again with Jester Halo at Morphettville last Saturday, and the reunion proved an instant success.
Puls, who’d won five races on the mare, surprisingly hadn’t sat on her for almost 12 months until getting the call-up last week from trainer Darren Kolpin for a benchmark 84 over 1550 metres event.
The seven-year-old Sharkbite mare got a beautiful trail throughout and was right there when the whips started cracking.
Early in the straight Jester Halo was sweating on a run, but when the gap appeared she went gun-barrel straight to score easily by a length.
Before Saturday Jester Halo’s last win was on January 27, 2018, at Caulfield in a fillies-and-mares benchmark 84 over 1400 metres.
With Puls aboard, Jester Halo’s record is 22: 6-2-3. Without her it’s 11: 1-1-2.