2017 Rubiton Stakes Field and Barriers Released

February 8th, 2017

Some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting sprinters have been confirmed to take to the Caulfield 1100m course on Saturday following today’s release of the 2017 Rubiton Stakes final field and barrier draw.

Chautauqua will make his competitive return in the 2017 Rubiton Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Chautauqua will make his competitive return in the 2017 Rubiton Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Darren Weir will launch a two-pronged attack in the featured sprint after confirming both Hellbent and El Divino in the 2017 Rubiton Stakes field.

Hellbent began his racing career under the guidance of Canberra trainer Kurt Goldman, but has arguably stepped up in ability since transferring to Weir’s care in 2016.

Posting consecutive wins in a pair of strong Victorian sprints in September, the I Am Invincible entire returned to the paddock after finishing third in the Listed Mumm Stakes (1000m), and resumed a fortnight ago for third in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) on January 28th.

A brother to champion mare Winx, El Divino stamped himself as a colt to follow upon debuting to racing last autumn; ending his debut campaign in a dead-heat with Astern in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1200m).

While unable to reach the same racing highs through spring, the son of Snitzel resumed for a close second in the Kensington Stakes a fortnight ago and should prove extremely hard to beat on Saturday, after drawing into the Rubiton Stakes field in the ideal barrier 3.

Champion sprinter Chautauqua failed to come on in spring, but has been confirmed to make his competitive return in the Rubiton Stakes 2017; a race he stormed home to win in the early stages of autumn two years ago.

A five-time winner at the highest level, Chautauqua resumed in 2016 for a smart win in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) before failing to fire and third in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 12th.

Returning to winning form in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), the Encosta De Lago gelding was sent abroad and justified the decision when he flew home late to win the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in Hong Kong.

Resuming for fourth in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m), Chautauqua has not been seen at the races since he finished seventh in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), but has trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return.

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2017 Rubiton Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x1311x47x CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 5 59.5kg 116
2 834623036x FAST ’N’ ROCKING David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 56kg 105
3 x0x10113x3 HELLBENT Darren Weir Damian Lane 8 56kg 96
4 126x11352x WILD RAIN Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg 106
5 1L0x55402x MISS PROMISCUITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 2 54kg 99
6 31536x143x SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 4 54kg 92
7 11x477x2 EL DIVINO Darren Weir Damien Oliver 3 54kg 89
8 11x154231x I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Craig Williams 1 53.5kg 105