Fee for 2013: £2,500 No Foal Free Return
COCKNEY REBEL, the son of one of the fastest horses ever to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile (VAL ROYAL) retired to The National Stud in 2007 after dual Classic successes in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.
He was a smart 2YO, winning on debut and being placed in both the £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes and the Champagne Stakes (Gr.2) at York. He won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his 3YO debut beating VITAL EQUINE, DUTCH ART and DUKE OF MARMALADE; only 2 weeks later, he won the Irish equivalent. Of his 6 career starts,
he only finished out of the frame on 1 occasion. COCKNEY REBEL’S versatility was illustrated candidly by the Racing Post after his win at the Curragh:
“The race provided a contrast to the Newmarket contest, with COCKNEY REBEL ridden closer to the pace in this much smaller field. Though the pacesetter was the same, the different complexion of the race was such that different qualities were conveyed by the Geoff Huffer-trained colt. Whereas his Newmarket win was obtained by means of an extravagant swoop through the field, this was more about the down-to-earth professional business of getting the job done, and he showed the right attributes in shrugging off the attentions of a tough and rugged performer in CREACHADOIR, ultimately scoring with more comfort than is implied by the margin.” www.racingpost.com
During his young stallion career he has achieved and maintained a winners/runners strike rate of 41% with his 2YOS. His 2012 strike rate for the same age group was 36%, far outstripping the likes of DUKE OF MARMALADE (15%) and EXCELLENT ART (25%) despite a much smaller number of 2YO runners. Many of his 2YOS have won first time out this year including the promising colt FUNK SOUL BROTHER (Sweet Afton) who came home the best of a 13 strong field in the Stratford Place Stud EBF Maiden Stakes at York’s Dante meeting early in the season; he has since gone on to compete at Gr.1 level.
He has also shown an ability to produce winning 2YOS that train on with the likes of GHOST PROTOCOL (Stroke of Six), COCKNEY DANCER (Roo) and COCKNEY FIRE (Camp Fire), to name just a few having success as juveniles and 3YOS. To this end, his older stock has sold on from solid starts in their 2YO careers for prices of up to 65,000gns during 2012. He has achieved a career yearling average of just over 20,000gns, with his colts averaging 26,400gns (www.racingpost.com).
“Cockney Rebel, the dual 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) winner, offers breeders a chance to breed to the valuable Nijinsky line. Cockney Rebel’s grand-sire, Royal Academy, proved to be one of the leading sprinter/milers of his generation and his son, Val Royal, followed his sire to be a Breeder’s Cup (Gr.1) winner and now, after just one crop of foals of racing age, Cockney Rebel is proving he can carry this sire-line to more success.” Clive Webb
2013 will see COCKNEY REBEL’S biggest crop of yearlings ever go through the sales ring and in to training across Europe to represent him on the racetrack.