Carin Park will stand G1 Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider at its Hamilton base this season. Owners Bruce and Maggie Cumming have placed a $5,500 (inc gst) fee on the seven year-old stallion.
Rebel Raider will join Solo Flyer (Belong To Me) and Chatline (Royal Academy) on the Carin Park roster.
An extremely talented and versatile galloper, Rebel Raider displayed enough precocity to win at G3 level as a two year-old and he matured into a dual classic winner at three.
Rebel Raider commenced his racing career in the stables of Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas winning the A.V Jennings Hcp (1410m) at Morphettville then backed it up winning the G3 SA Sires Produce Stakes (1600m).
He returned as a spring three year-old in scintillating form winning the G1 Victorian Derby (2500m) by more than two lengths over Whobegotyou.
The following autumn, he won the G1 SAJC Derby (2500m) leading all the way to score by four lengths. He also won a lead-up to the classic in the Listed SAJC Chairmans Stakes (2000m).
Injury sidelined Rebel Raider as a four year-old but he was back in harness at five winning the G3 SAJC Spring Stakes (1200m).
“He never realised his full potential,” trainer Leon Macdonald said. “I was fortunate to train the AJC Derby winner Gold Guru and I would have to say that Rebel Raider was a better stayer.”
Rebel Raider is a son of leading Darley sire Reset (Zabeel) who was unbeaten in five starts including the G1 VRC Futurity Stakes and G1 VRC Australian Guineas.
Rebel Raider’s dam Picholine (Dehere) was G1 runner-up to champion filly Unwordly in the AJC Flight Stakes. She has also foaled G3 winner Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal) who is commencing stud duties in New Zealand this season.