On Saturday February 12 the $125,000 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) ran as Race 8 at Caulfield’s CF Orr Stakes Day and in a win for the punters the Mark Kavanagh-trained favourite Catapulted claimed a tidy victory.
Catbird five-year-old Catapulted was first-up for the season and started as the firm $3.70 favourite in the Rubiton Stakes betting markets.
After jumping from barrier four, jockey Michael Rodd gave Catapulted a well-timed and patient ride settling them just off the pace.
After Solar Charged and Avenue battled for the lead in the early stages of the race, Catapulted bid his time and then pulled out a brilliant late burst to snare the lead with 100m to go.
On the line it was Catapulted a length ahead of Peter Moody’s mare Avenue ($4.80) with speedy filly Solar Charged ($6) holding on to finish a close third.
Roughie of the field Time Matters ($71) finished an eye-catching fourth just two lengths back from the winner.
The winning time was within a half-second of the course record, Catapulted running a blistering 1:02.23.
Catapulted has now won 10 of his 19 career starts, Saturday’s Rubiton Stakes victory boosting his total career earnings over the $600,000 mark.
Connections are now considering the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day on February 29 for Catapulted.
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2011 Rubiton Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||CATAPULTED||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||1:2.23||$3.70F|
|2||AVENUE||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody||1.0L||$8.50|
|3||SOLAR CHARGED||Glen Boss||John O’Shea||1.2L||$6|
|4||TIME MATTERS||Nicholas Hall||Darren Weir||2.0L||$71|
|5||ACORNS||Damien Oliver||Mick Price||2.2L||$7.50|
|6||FASTER SON||Craig Williams||Trevor Bailey||2.3L||$9|
|7||EAGLE FALLS||Steven Arnold||David Hayes||2.6L||$12|
|8||REWARD FOR EFFORT||Ben Melham||Peter Moody||2.7L||$5.50|
|9||WINTER KING||Corey Brown||David Payne||3.2L||$13|
|10||WORDMASTER||Chris Symons||Bennie Benbow||4.9L||$61|
|SCR||BROKEN||Mark Zahra||Darren Weir||–||–|
|SCR||HAPPY GLEN||Craig Newitt||Robbie Griffiths||–||–|
|SCR||MASTER OF DESIGN||Dwayne Dunn||Adam Durrant||–||–|