Rebelson is bound for the $350,000 WA Guineas after an impressive victory in the $80,000 Fairetha Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.
Prepared by Darren McAuliffe, Rebelson ($7) returned from a freshen up and ran on from fifth on the turn to thrash his rivals by 1¾ lengths.
Dominating ($7.50), who raced fiercely and wide in the early stages, boxed on to run second and Apocalypse Now ($13) ran on well for third.
Virtual Trader, the $2.80 favourite, jumped in front but only finished fairly when fourth.
Rebelson had shown promise with three wins from seven starts before the Fairetha, convincing McAuliffe to target the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 24.
McAuliffe said Rebelson had thrived since he was freshened after a solid all-the-way win over 1600m at Belmont Park last month.
“He’s a horse going places,” McAuliffe said.“People wanted to pot him as a one-paced horse but he’s come back with an incredible turn of foot,” McAuliffe said.
“I thought back at Ascot and being on the speed would suit him.
“His mum Scenicism was the best horse I trained but she had a lot of injury problems.
“He just keeps getting better and better and will run 1600m and further easy.”
The Fairetha win was a welcome change of luck for McAuliffe after his promising two-year-old Oratism was a luckless second in the first race behind Moet Me.
Oratism was slowly away and raced wide throughout. She hit the lead in the straight but was gunned down by Moet Me by a short-head on the line.Moet Me gave trainer Dan Morton reason to celebrate on his 41st birthday.
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