Rebel chasing overdue win
AT last year's Grafton July carnival Rebel Exceed stamped her potential by winning twice in the space of a week.
While the Exceed And Excel filly has subsequently been winless, the three-year-old, now with John Hubbard at Ballina, will be out to resurrect her strike rate at Casino today.
Rebel Exceed steps out in the Alstonville Quality Meats Benchmark 55 Hcp (1000m).
Hubbard gained the filly through a long friendship with Sydney-based owner Frank Scali after she was initially prepared by Con Karakatsanis and had a short stint with Mark De Montfort.
“It was considered she wasn't quite up to Sydney standard,” Hubbard said.
“I've trained a few for Frank over several years, had a bit of luck together.
“She's been in the stable about two months, done well, no dramas. I expect her to run a nice race.
“She's nothing out of the box but has done all I've asked of her since she arrived.”
After returning from Grafton, Rebel Exceed had two unplaced runs at Rosehill and Canterbury before her third to Valourman in a 1100m Class 2 at Nowra on January 10.
The filly was then spelled and transferred.
“We're just playing it by ear at the moment,” Hubbard said.
“This should give us a good guide where we're at.
“There are no injury or fitness issues with her, the filly is well, but whatever she does Friday, she'll improve on.”
Hubbard has booked three-kilogram claimer Gabrielle Coleman for the mount, with the filly to carry 54.5kg.
“Rebel Exceed is not real big, Gabby's claim will help,” Hubbard said.
“She's ridden the filly a couple of times in trackwork.
“It's only 1000 metres. They shouldn't get into any trouble.”
Hubbard will saddle up three other runners on the nine-event program transferred from Ballina – Flying Bay (race one), Sing For Me (race two), and Gideon who resumes in the final event.