Karuta Queen of Rubiton Stakes 2012 Nominations

Queanbeyan horseman Neville Layt has been forced to reschedule the first-up autumn run for his star filly Kartua Queen who will now resume in the 2012 Rubiton Stakes this Saturday at Caulfield after the Warwick Farm race meeting last Saturday was a wash out.

Karuta Queen

Karuta Queen is the headline entry in the 2012 Rubiton Stakes for this Saturday

The former Magic Millions winning Not A Single Doubt filly was to contest the $70,000 Www.Tab.Com.Au Handicap (1000m) at Warwick Farm in her first run since finishing second to African Pulse at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

With the meeting cancelled due to the heavy rainfall in Sydney and unsafe track conditions, Karuta Queen will now go to Caulfield first-up this weekend in the $125,000 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m).

One of the headline attractions on a bumper all black-type eight-race CF Orr Stakes Day program, the 2012 Rubition Stakes attracted at total of 15 nominations.

It is shaping up as a smart showdown with other headline early entries including Group 1 winning New Zealander Anabandana, Peter Moody’s undefeated Bel Esprit filly Belle Of The Court, their well-tried stablemate Hallowell Belle last seen finishing fourth to Atlantic Jewel in the Thousand Guineas, and the Peter Snowden-trained trio of Caline, Glows and Graskop.

Layt has also nominated for his Snitzel filly Our Brightest Star who comes off a blitzing five-length victory over 1400m at Canberra on January 27.

The decision by Layt to take Karuta Queen to Melbourne has come as a blow for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

“I could have run her in the Expressway (Stakes this Saturday at Rosehill) but first-up over 1200 metres is not ideal,” Layt explained.

“So we’ve decided to go to Melbourne instead for the Rubiton.”

Her first major goal is now scheduled as the $350,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25, Blue Diamond Stakes Day, where she is likely to face off against crack colt Sepoy.

“She will get in on the minimum (in the Rubiton) and also in the Oakleigh Plate,” Layt said.

“She’s been to Caulfield before so that’s not a worry for us.

“It’s only seven hours down the road from Queanbeyan so she will travel on Wednesday.”

Karuta Queen will again be ridden by Tommy Berry on Saturday, the hoop aboard for all 12 of her career starts to date.

The 2012 Rubiton Stakes final field, as well as the acceptances for all the Caulfield features this Saturday including the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes where Black Caviar will shoot for win No. 18 if accepted, is due out on Wednesday.

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2012 Rubiton Stakes Nominations

Caulfield – 11/02/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BIGELOW Clinton McDonald 88
2 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 78
3 DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols 95
4 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes 105
5 EIGHT BILLS Gary Portelli 92
6 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman 105
7 GRAND DUELS Byron Cozamanis 101
8 HERE DE ANGELS Wendy Roche 97
9 HOT SPIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 82
10 IRISH DREAM Peter G Moody 88
11 KARUTA QUEEN Neville Layt 99
12 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh 89
13 MASTER HARRY Peter G Moody 98
14 WEEKEND SPECIAL Mark Kavanagh 85
15 ZEDI KNIGHT Brendan McCarthy 103