Sydney trainer Gary Portelli is hoping a gear change will help his stable star Rebel Dane recapture his best form, in Saturday week’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
Portelli has applied a cross over nose band to the son of California Dane, after he overraced in the slowly-run All Aged Stakes at Randwick last month.
Rebel Dane had a quiet trial in the cross over nose band on Monday, and Portelli plans to use it on raceday if he draws a wide barrier in the Doomben feature.
“It was a very easy trial, but he ran super,” Portelli told Racing Network.
“The cross over noseband worked beautifully.
“Kerrin put him to sleep behind them, eased him to the outside in the straight, gave him a little squeeze and he quickened up nicely.”
Rebel Dane is a $4 equal favourite with Buffering (TAB Fixed Odds) for the Doomben 10,000.