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The Rutland Rebel will kick his season off on Thursday in the at Haydock, in the Gentlemen Amateurs Riders Handicap over the extended one mile, and three furlongs, on good to soft ground, which at the time of writing is drying out.

The Rutland Rebel will be re-united with Mr Patrick Millman, who was successful on him last August at Pontefract, off a 4lb lower mark. Since that win The Rutland Rebel has raced three times over hurdles, and now handicapped, he should be seen back in that sphere shortly.

Good luck to the connections, Stephen Sugden and Ryder Sugden.

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

The Rutland Rebel is one of those late developing horses who needs lots of time and patience. He didn't see a racecourse until October of his two year old season, making his debut over seven 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 three year old career with a staying on forth at Wetherby over seven furlongs, then stepping up to a mile at Redcar in a better race, he probably backed up that form in finishing a close fifth. He made his handicap debut off 67 over one mile and two furlongs at Ripon, but after missing the break could never get involved.

He got off the mark at the seventh 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 three, the third horse Brutalab won two of his next three, and the forth 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.

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