The mob that turned up at Clairwood for the country’s No1 weight-for-age sprint, came to worship the Champ, not to bury him, but those that took to the field had only one hope, and that was that Mythical Flight might find the 1200 metres under the conditions and against a slight headwind, just a tad too far.

Rebel KingRebel KingCharles Laird had already made it known that this was the first time he’d been able to prepare Summerhill-bred Rebel King thoroughly, and so he was the only one in this quality gathering to go off at single figures (6/1) besides the favourite, deep in the red at 4/10. Rebel King might’ve been even shorter if he’d not had the very worst of the draw (No1), and had to tack right across to the opposite rail, which is where he finished.

Interestingly, Muhtafal was the only sire with three horses in the field, some sort of compliment to a horse who’s being threatening the top end of the Sires’ Log throughout the season.

Mythical Flight bounded out in his customary fashion, had the field off the bridle at the half way, and looked home and hosed three lengths clear with 300m to go.

War Artist and Rebel King challenge Mythical FlightWar Artist and Rebel King challenge Mythical Flight (Photo Gold Circle)B
ut both Rebel King and War Artist (by Orpen, Aussie bred) were lurking, waiting to deliver their challenge in the final 100m, and with War Artist well drawn at 12 and there for nothing, he had just too much for them at the death. Rebel King flew the last bit to grab second from the Champion, and with both the winner and Mythical Flight bound for Europe, he could be formidable next season.

Rebel King was one of six exceptional three year olds from Summerhill this season. Strangely, he was the only one of them to show serious talent at two, but he is in illustrious company with Emperor Napoleon, Pick Six, Khebraat, Dynamite Mike and Desert Links, the latter of whom could not’ve been more impressive Friday evening, and is now set for the Gold Circle Derby on the 28th July.