It was clearly a sign of things to come for the son of Snippetson – Rebelson today, with a dominate performance in the Fergus Maximus HCP 1500m.

Resuming from a successful last campaign, which saw the Darren McAuliffe trained 3yo claim the Aquanita and Fairetha Stakes, silk Jason Whiting was instructed to adopted fresh riding tactics, allowing Rebelson to sit back off the pace. The move proved to be a master stroke, as Rebelson ($4.20) stormed home from near last – with the race won from well out.

The Tenby Friar ($9.00) reduced the devastation with a fast finishing head second, while November Red ($12.00) battled on a further ¾ length away in third.

The “running on” performance will stand Rebelson in good stead for next month’s Group 2 WATC Derby over 2400 metres.

Earlier, the Colin Webster trained Moonsearch ($3.80) backed up successfully from its Bunbury maiden salute a fortnight ago, to claim a narrow victory in the Westspeed 2YO Plate 1100m. Charging home from fifth on the turn, the Danehill Express gelding got the better of debutant Black Queen ($6.00) over the concluding stages to prevail by a short half head. Cherie Amour ($7.00) took advantage of a magic rails run to win the Vivid Group 3YO HCP 1000m by a half-length, while Black Tycoon ($2.15 fav) provided the only relief for the punters on the day, with a clinical ¾ length win in the Episerver HCP 1800m.

Thunderluv’n ($13.00) surprised most, with a lucky return to form in the Budget Rent A Car HCP 1000m, while New Time ($21.00) broke the collective hearts of Kalahaar supporters when coming from last on the turn in the Lab Trends HCP 1200m to upset the great Albany hope by a mere short neck.

Just when you thought the punters had suffered enough, the bookies nailed the coffin shut following two upset “all the way” results in the concluding races.

Dare To Doubt ($9.50) led from pillar to post in the Kevin Guhl HCP 1400m, and Ellie Cockram repeated the dosage in the last when piloting Ron’s Gem ($31.00) to victory in the Ian Willey’s 60th HCP 1400m.

The Hoops / Trainers

Both jockeys and trainers shared the spoils, with no multiple results landed.

The Tipsters

With a majority of upsets throughout the card, our local tipsters were left bleeding. Dec did manage to find Black Tycoon in his best, while Blackie donated for most of the card, with Rebelson the only highlight.

On the east coast, Shane made the most of the Heavy 9 conditions at Sydney with his best bet Red Tracer and Pierro both winning narrowly. Shane saved us all in Melbourne, spotting Launay ($5.00) and Auld Burns ($10.00) in the last – thanks Shane…

The Black Book

If Bar Dreaming had not switched off the heels of Thunderluv’n a “dozen” times in the straight – it was winning that race. It was a massive run from the Flying Pegasus mare, following a dominate trial that caught my eye. The Tenby Friar also showed it was nearing a win, flooding home from last on the turn to get within a head of Rebelson.

Chris Blackwell