Garth Hoy with Rebelle during the first stage of the pacer’s career. Rebelle’s comeback continues tonight at Bathurst in the Benjamin Neil Pace (2130m).Dubbo trainer Garth Hoy isn’t expecting miracles from his former top pacer Rebelle as the eight-year-old makes a comeback to the track after a three-year break.
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Hoy looked after Rebelle in its early days and developed the John Street North (USA) x Bellevedere gelding into one of the region’s most exciting pacers until a joint infection ruined the horse’s career as a five-year-old.

Several times Hoy and the gelding’s owners were told they would have to put their horse down however through perseverance and hard work, Rebelle resumed its career at Penrith last Thursday night.

Before that its most recent start resulted in a sixth placing at Harold Park on June 5, 2007.

Despite finishing last in a nine-horse field at Penrith, Hoy was happy with the run and will back Rebelle up in a race at Bathurst tonight that has attracted a quality field.

“We don’t know how long we have got him for but after all he has been through it is just good to have him back again,” Hoy said.

“He got the joint infection and had some operations then he had colic and nearly died. It’s been tough but we have got him back and we are hoping he will go well.

“It will take a while to get him back fully fit but there aren’t many races for him out here so we have to travel a bit but it will be the only way to get him fit and see how he will go.”

Tonight at Bathurst Rebelle will face only seven rivals in the Benjamin Neil Pace (2130m) but included in them is exciting Bathurst pacer Intoxicated, winner of the feature event at Dubbo’s Carnival of Cups meeting in April.

A winner of 13 races and more than $100,000 in prizemoney, Intoxicated is the horse Hoy believes will be hardest to beat.

“It’s a good field and obviously Intoxicated is a pretty good horse but we have to run Rebelle and he has improved since last Thursday,” Hoy said.

“He had a trial at Riverstone on Sunday and won that and he felt good.

“If we see some improvement from him over his next few runs that is all we are really looking for.”

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