The final field for the 2014 Group 2 Rubiton Stakes has been released and features several exciting prospects, including Lankan Rupee.
Saddled by renowned trainer Mick Price, the Redoute’s Choice gelding has amassed five wins from only 12 starts to date and closed his strong 2013 campaign with victory in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes on November 16th.
Having contested the 2013 Autumn season as a colt, Lankan Rupee has fared particularly well since his offseason gelding and is widely expected to firm as one of the season’s best performers.
Also confirmed to contest the 2014 Rubiton Stakes is Queensland-based sprinter Better Than Ready.
Claiming five of nine starts throughout the entire 2013 calendar, the More Than Ready stallion was a notable omission from the 2013 Spring Carnival having been struck down with injury during training at the worst possible moment.
A win at the top echelon of racing is the major goal for the talented four-year-old this season, having been included in nominations for the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) by trainer Kelly Schweida.
Lion Of Belfort will also be chasing first success at the top level this season, and will open his 2014 account in the Rubiton Stakes this weekend.
Also trained locally by Mick Price, the Statue of Liberty colt has never finished a competitive event outside the placings and ended his 2013 campaign with a spirited third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) behind Zoustar.
Classy Anthony Freedman-trained sprinter First Command will have to overcome the outside gate, and will be joined by Excelorada (barrier seven), Pocket Rockets (barrier five), Iconic (barrier one) and Diamond Oasis (barrier three) in the 2014 Rubiton Stakes field.
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2014 Rubiton Stakes Final Field
|#||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||151350x11x||BETTER THAN READY||Kelly Schweida||Ric McMahon||2||57kg||105|
|2||x878052428||EXCELORADA||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||7||57kg||93|
|3||7246x1311x||LANKAN RUPEE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||4||57kg||103|
|4||0x0x1137x7||FIRST COMMAND||Anthony Freedman||Stephen Baster||8||56kg||103|
|5||13111500×2||POCKET ROCKETS||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||5||56kg||92|
|6||21113x||LION OF BELFORT||Mick Price||Glen Boss||6||53kg||90|
|7||1152x162x5||ICONIC||Tony McEvoy||Brenton Avdulla||1||53kg||84|
|8||33x712350x||DIAMOND OASIS||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||3||53kg||77|