The Rubiton Stakes is a Group 2, Set Weights + Penalty race held annually each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100m set weight & penalties conditions and offers prizemoney of $200,000. The 2019 Rubiton Stakes was won by Nature Strip from Jungle Edge and Thermal Current in third place.
The Rubiton Stakes takes place on Group 1 CF Orr Stakes day, the second biggest raceday of the Melbourne Racing Club's autumn carnival behind Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day. Formerly a Group 3 event, the race was upgraded to Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 9th February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Set Weights + Penalty|
|2019 Winner:||Nature Strip|
The Rubiton Stakes is a good quality weight-for-age sprint race for the time of the year and has been won by some talented types throughout the years. Classy gallopers such as Eagle Falls (2012), Here De Angels (2010 & 2008), Flavour (1999), Spartacus (1997), Schillaci (1995), Redelva (1991) and Zeditave (1989) have all won this event.
Quality gallopers resuming from a spell may find the Rubiton Stakes an attractive proposition on their way to the feature autumn sprints, while above average in-form gallopers are also suited in this event as they can test themselves in better class.
The Rubiton Stakes offers the ideal tune-up for the Gr1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, or Caulfield's premier autumn sprint, the upcoming Gr1 Oakleigh Plate. Eagle Falls (7th in 2011) won the Oakleigh Plate at his next start, while Avenue (2nd in 2011) finished runner-up in the same race. Highly rated sprinter Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last galloper to claim the Rubiton Stakes & Oakleigh Plate double.
Smart weight-for-age sprinters contesting this race might also go on and tackle the prestigious Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March, as it is run under the same conditions but over 1200 metres.
Nature Strip (2019) resumed from a spell to win this event in outstanding fashion for the Chris Waller stable and recent Rubiton Stakes winners include Super Cash (2017-2018) and Heatherly (2016).
1. $1.75 Nature Strip 57.5 Damian Lane
2. $11.00 Jungle Edge 56.0 Dylan Dunn
3. $26.00 Thermal Current 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $3.80 Voodoo Lad 58.5 Damien Oliver
5. $11.00 Illustrious Lad 56.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $11.00 Tavisan 53.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 3.5 len, 2.25 len
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|2019||Nature Strip||Jungle Edge||Thermal Current||1:03.1|
|2018||Super Cash||Flamberge||Merchant Navy||1:04.5|
|2017||Super Cash||I Am A Star||Chautauqua||1:02.6|
|2016||Heatherly||Politeness||Just A Bullet||1:02.2|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Iconic||First Command||1:02.5|
|2013||Adebisi||Rescue Mission||Big Buddie||1:03.3|
|2012||Eagle Falls||First Command||Hot Spin||1:03.8|
|2010||Here De Angels||Lucky Secret||Rostova||1:01.7|
|2009||Mind Your Head||=2 Happy Glen||=2 Lucky Secret||1:03.4|
|2008||Here De Angels||Let Go Thommo||Raid The Royals||1:03.8|
|2007||Dance The Waves||Barabba Road||Message Bank||1:02.9|
|2006||Bomber Bill||Whats The Mail||Live In Vain||0:56.6|
|2005||Super Elegant||Truly Wicked||Sensational Spot||1:03.4|
|2004||Super Elegant||Ruben||Step Ahead||1:02.3|
|2003||Super Elegant||Azevedo||Sir Chuckle||1:02.9|
|2002||Intelligent Star||Bomber Bill||Sudurka||1:01.6|
|2000||Miss Pennymoney||St Chrisoph||Paint||1:02.4|
|1998||Al Mansour||Special Dane||Towkay||1:03.9|
|1993||Schillaci||Tanjian Prince||King Marauding||0:55.0|
|1991||Redelva||Wrap Around||Street Ruffian||0:56.6|
|1990||Kingston Heritage||Strawberry Ranch||Princely Heart||0:57.5|
|1989||Zeditave||Clay Hero||Caledonian Boy||0:57.1|