Eleven sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
Éclair Choice was a standout performer for Phillip Stokes through the recent Melbourne Spring Carnival and will leave from the ideal barrier 2 in the 2016 Rubiton Stakes.
Posting six wins and a further seven minors through only sixteen career starts so far, Éclair Choice resumed in spring for fifth in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) on August 22nd; progressing to third in the Listed Wylie Handicap (1100m) at Morphettville (1100m) on September 19th.
Dead heating the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) with Lumosty, the California Dane gelding returned to the paddock after beating a strong field to the line in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day.
Husson Eagle carries winning form into the 2016 Rubiton Stakes and could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 5.
Delivering trainer Patrick Payne several impressive results through his entire racing career, Husson Eagle has steadily gained condition through three runs this time and appears as though he will line up for the Rubiton Stakes in peak condition.
Running fifth in the Ballarat Magic Millions Classic (1100m) for three and four-year-olds on November 21st, the Husson gelding progressed to third in the talent-rich ATC Farewells Allen Thomas BM85 (1000m) on Boxing Day before producing a career-best effort to date to take out the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) on the Gold Coast on January 9th.
Kuro will return for his second preparation for Lee and Anthony Freedman this time, resuming in the 2016 Rubiton Stakes from barrier 6.
Securing several impressive results under the care of Joe Pride including a close second in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and second to Sweet Idea in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) last year, Kuro was reasonably hit-and-miss through four Spring Carnival starts but has trialled well in the lead-up to his 2016 return.
Popular mare Politeness will likely retire into a career as a broodmare following the 2016 Autumn Carnival and will begin her final competitive preparation from the ideal barrier 4 in the Rubiton Stakes.
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date in spring, the Street Sense mare won each of the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m) before jagging a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
Ending her campaign a close second to Turn Me Loose in the major Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) only one week later, Politeness appears as though she will take an awful lot of beating in the Rubiton Stakes.
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2016 Rubiton Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2215x5311x||ECLAIR CHOICE||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||2||58.5kg||105|
|2||2813x8375x||KURO (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||6||57kg||99|
|3||6000x1112x||POLITENESS||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||4||56.5kg||109|
|4||7x1418x531||HUSSON EAGLE||Patrick Payne||Nicholas Hall||5||56kg||94|
|5||90x9835x05||IT IS WRITTEN||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||10||56kg||98|
|6||64029×3422||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||Mark Zahra||9||56kg||96|
|7||2145x243x4||THE MONSTAR||Brett Cavanough||Damien Oliver||11||56kg||89|
|8||09010900×7||RED CORNER||Christopher Davis||James Winks||8||56kg||75|
|9||8x363610x0||JUST A BULLET||Brett Cavanough||Stephen Baster||1||56kg||74|
|10||33x134813x||LAKE GENEVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Glen Boss||7||51kg||82|
|11||152×2311||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||3||51kg||76|