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Rubiton Stakes

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.

Rubiton Stakes info

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
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).

2019 Rubiton Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:03.18

Other group races on CF Orr Stakes day include the Gr2 Autumn Stakes, Gr3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F), Gr3 Carlyon Cup & Boronia Stakes.

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Rubiton Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2015 Chautauqua Flamberge Atmospherical 1:02.3
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
2011 Catapulted Avenue Solar Charged 1:02.2
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
2001 Appoint Bomber Bill Cullen 1:02.4
2000 Miss Pennymoney St Chrisoph Paint 1:02.4
1999 Flavour Theatre Paint 1:02.4
1998 Al Mansour Special Dane Towkay 1:03.9
1997 Spartacus Regal Centre Flavour 1:02.9
1996 Stalk Sequalo Poetic King 0:56.6
1995 Schillaci Alannon Sequalo 0:56.8
1994 Alannon Lady Jakeo Durbridge 0:56.6
1993 Schillaci Tanjian Prince King Marauding 0:55.0
1992 Mavournae Umatilla Sonic Express 0:56.1
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