• Ian Ender


THE RUTLAND REBEL. 29 March 2016. Delegator-Do Disturb-Gelding. Owner-Stephen Sugden and Ryder Sugden.

The Rutland Rebel is one of those late developing horses who need lots of time and patience. He didn't see a racecourse until October of his 2 year old season, making his debut over 7 furlongs at Redcar, being given a lovely educational ride from Dougie Costello, further experience was gained at the back end of the month at Doncaster.

He kicked off his 3 year old career with a staying on 4th at Wetherby over 7 furlongs, then stepping up to a mile at Redcar in a better race, he probably backed up that form in finishing a close 5th. He made his handicap debut off sixty seven over 1 mile and 2 furlongs at Ripon, but after missing the break could never get involved.

He got off the mark at the 7th time of asking under Patrick Millman in the Amateur Maiden Handicap at Pontefract in August of last year, in what at the time looked like a shocking race, but has since worked out very well, with the runner up Gylo winning his next 3, the 3rd horse Brutalab won 2 of his next 3 and the 4th placed horse, our very own Burnage Boy is now rated 105 over hurdles.

He had one more run on the flat after that, when never getting involved in the soft ground at Beverley.He made his hurdles debut at Wetherby last October, when a mistake early on appeared to knock his confidence, he has since run twice more at Catterick, and is now eligible for a handicap mark.

The best thing you can give a horse in order for it to for-fill its potential is time, this late developing type might just be one to keep an eye on in the coming months.

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