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The winter jumping season is once again approaching, and we will have many familiar old faces returning, as well as several new ones making their debuts. Over the coming days and weeks I will be providing detailed essays on some of our horses that will hopefully be in the winners enclosure very shortly.

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

The Rutland Rebel is one of those late developing horses who has needed a lot 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 2019 , 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, reached a rating of 107. 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 in October, when a mistake early on appeared to knock his confidence, he then ran on two further occasions in juvenile hurdles at Catterick, and was now eligible for a handicap mark.

The Rutland Rebel couldn't run after that due to lock-down, and so after an extended break he returned at Thirsk in September 2020, and ran as if the race was badly needed, coming home in sixth place, under a considerate ride from Graham Lee. In November at Market Rasen he made his handicap hurdle debut off a mark of 94, over their extended two and a half miles, but disappointed badly trailing in last of the 12 runners. It was back to the flat in December, where The Rutland Rebel made his all weather debut at Wolverhampton over 14 furlongs. After missing the break, he made good late headway to finish a 12 lengths fourth to his stablemate Lleyton, but more tellingly only four lengths behind the horse who finished second.He was back at Wolverhampton in January 2021, and the step up to 17 furlongs seemed the right thing to do, and so it proved when he asserted inside the final furlong to come home in front by a length and a quarter. He returned to Wolverhampton in February, and from a 5lb higher mark. and a drop back in trip to 14 furlongs, which didn't prove to be a problem, he won more comfortably than the three and a quarter lengths would suggest. He was raised a further 5lb to 70 for his return to Wolverhampton three weeks later, where after making a lot of the running, back over the extended two miles, he was just run out of it when finishing forth, but only two and a half lengths off the winner. It was back to the turf in April, over Pontefract's stamina sapping two miles and two furlongs, on a good to firm surface, where he confirmed he was just as good on turf when filling the runners up spot. His final start before a break was when finishing last at Doncaster in May, where he was eased down, the exertions of a long season had taken their toll.

The Rutland Rebel returned from a three months break at Carlisle in August on Lady Jockeys only evening. He contested the race in which we lost the much missed Stormin Norman, coming home in seventh, in a race that would put him closer to full fitness, and so it proved as on his next start at Pontefract in September he finished strongly over two miles and one furlong to be second, suggesting that another successful season is in the offing'. TO BE CONTINUED.

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