The Dar Lunn trained Classy Rebel and his rise through the NSW country ranks is nothing short of amazing and truly is what racing is all about.
The seven-year-old boasts a sublime record of 42 starts for 11 wins and 7 placing, earning almost $150,000 in the process.
This isn’t even half the story though, and what makes the rise of Classy Rebel so amazing, is the fact that he was purchased for a mere $3500 from Victoria following an 18-start career that yielded just two wins before arriving in Dubbo.
In his first preparation for Lunn, to say Classy Rebel struggled was an understatement, with the Rebel Raider gelding beaten at Nyngan picnics first-up, before landing just one win, a Mudgee Class Two Handicap, in 11 starts for the Dubbo stable.
Following a 22-week spell, Classy Rebel returned in a modest 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap at Binnaway, which kicked off a 13-start preparation that would yield 8 victories, which includes wins in the Gulgong Cup, Collie Cup and the Coonamble Crystal Sprint.
“It’s been an amazing run, Lunn said.
“You wouldn’t know he has had 13 runs. He is going well, and I can’t fault the horse and he just keeps getting better and better.”
Lunn said there were no secrets about the amazing turnaround, with Classy Rebel simply just a better horse than he once was.
“He went for a spell and came back a different horse, that’s about all that happened,’ Lunn said.
Lunn admitted there was a secret to his training though, with the Dubbo conditioner taking advantage of Peter Reynold’s Tophut Equine Centre, which he believes has helped in keeping his sprinter fresh and happy.
“Every time he races, he goes to the water walker out at Peter Reynolds for three or four days, or a week, and he just returns a refreshed horse,” Lunn said.
“I think it has helped in keeping him going. He just goes out there and he just does the water walker, he gets put in a big yard and comes back fresh as a daisy and eats up, works nice and is very content.”
According to Lunn, there is no slowing Classy Rebel down, who amazingly put in his best effort this preparation at Coonamble when winning the 1200m Open Handicap, despite being in work since well before his Binnaway win back on May 1.
“The other day at Coonamble; I thought it was his best win. He drew the outside, got across and led and kicked and did it nicely,” Lunn said.
“We did go there with confidence. I thought he would be hard to beat but I was worried when he drew outside, but he got the win.
“All jokes aside, I can’t see him stopping, he is getting better and better all the time.”
Despite being allotted 60kg, Lunn was confident he could win again, and he has stuck with Clayton Gallagher, who has guided the gelding to five victories this preparation.
“I wanted to draw from 1 to 5, and we did with 3, and we knew we would have some weight on our back, but we stuck with Clayton,” Lunn said.
“Clayton knows the horse well and he has been going well on him, so we thought we would keep him in the saddle.”
If Classy Rebel does win at Coonabarabran, his Benchmark will jump from 85 to well into the 90s, and Lunn may be forced to head to town.
“We will probably look at a midweek race next but as my boss used to say, keep yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst, and that’s what we will do until we can,” Lunn said.
The Coonabarabran Sprint is just one of three features on a massive eight-race Showcase meeting on Sunday.
The $75,000 Coonabarabran Cup headlines the program, while the $40,000 Baradine Cup is another time-honoured race.
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