Silver Chief winner Midwinter has been withdrawn from Saturday week’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel after injuring a monkey muscle.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Tania Two Shoes will be replaced in the $110,000 final by Sisco Rage, who comes into the field after initially being drawn as first reserve.
Sisco Rage – trained by John Galea – finished third in last year’s version of the Rookie Rebel behind Cosmic Wise, and also made the 2015 Group 1 Australian Cup, finishing fourth behind Luca Neveelk.
The son of High Earner has won 27 races and placed on a further 52 occasions from 130 race starts, accumulating over $233,000 in prizemoney along the way.
The new emergencies for Saturday week’s Rookie Rebel are Cosmic Owl and Emrys.
$110,000 Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m)
Dyna Double One
Norm The Storm
The outstanding February 20 meeting will also see the running of preliminaries of the Group 1 Australian Cup, with winners to progress to the Australian Cup heats on February 27.