** Postscript...so very proud of you Tex, a huge Group 1 2nd in the 2014 TJ Smith Stakes ! Heavy track and you were closing on Mr Rupee at the finish, super run !!
Hopefully it's a case of he came, saw and conquered ! He's going to be first up into one of the most anticipated races of the Sydney Carnival and the Championships in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. A sprint over 1200m at Royal Randwick. His opposition are going to be hot but like most of them TEX (aka REBEL DANE) is a Group 1 winner too and will be ready to fire on his Sydney carnival debut ! It has been written that he was once an ugly duckling ..... well I wouldn't say that, he is one of the most photogenic horses . I have taken some absolute crackers of him. He knows he is good and exudes charm and flair every time he steps into the mounting yard.
These shots from the gallop do not do him justice however, the light this early in the day was a shocker, I hate it when dark shadows are cast on the horses, you can't see them. Pet hate.
This is his Exhibition Gallop on March 22 at Rosehill Gardens, with jockey Glen Boss making the trip to ride him.
Look forward to seeing you at Randwick very soon young man ! Tex is a stable name derived from his mother Texarcana and sadly his sire California Dane lost his life only recently.