Oakleigh Hope Karuta Queen Leads Rubiton Stakes 2012 Field & Odds

Neville Layt’s 2012 Oakleigh Plate-bound Karuta Queen is the short-priced favourite to win her first-up assignment in the $125,000 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield’s CF Orr Stakes Day this Saturday after her racing resumption was set back a week with last Saturday’s Warwick Farm washout.

Karuta Queen

Karuta Queen resumes in the Rubiton Stakes this Saturday ahead of the 2012 Oakleigh Plate on Blue Diamond Day

One of 11 sprinters accepted into the 2012 Rubiton Stakes field this year, the event to run as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:30pm (VIC time), Karuta Queen is dominating the Luxbet markets at a nearly odds-on price of $2.15.

Drawn to perfection in gate two as the 52.5kg lightweight of the set weights plus penalties clash, the Not A Single Doubt three-year-old is heading towards the $350,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) back at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 25.

In the Oakleigh Karuta Queen is likely to come up against Peter Snowden’s champion colt Sepoy, who she finished a well-beaten 10th behind in last year’s Golden Slipper in Sydney, but jockey Tommy Berry remains confident in the filly’s ability to put on a good show.

“She’s a very smart horse on her day and if she has everything go right for her, she’ll give it (the Oakleigh Plate) a shake and give them something to catch,” Berry said.

“It’s going to be a very tough race and there won’t be any mucking around.

“If you look at her record, over 1200 (metres) she’s run fourth to Smart Missile, Helmet and Foxwedge (in the Group 3 Run To The Rose on August 27).

“They’re pretty smart horses and they were all colts and she was a filly.

“She only got beaten a neck by Helmet at that stage.”

During the spring Karuta Queen was a competitive force running second to Black Caviar in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) before winning the Group 3 1300 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley by a commanding three lengths.

She was last seen running second to African Pulse in the Schweppes Tonic 1000 at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, and Berry believes she has come back in terrific fashion ready to tackle her opposition at Caulfield.

“She probably didn’t handle it a hundred per cent (in the Schillaci), she got around Moonee Valley better but that was the second time going around that way,” he said.

“She’s worked around there (Caulfield) and everything like that so I think she’d get around there a lot better.

“When she was up against Black Caviar, she’s never had a horse to go past her so quick and leave her three lengths behind.

“She was probably a little bit star-gazed about all that happening so quick, a horse coming past that quick and leaving her she got a little bit lost.

“I don’t think that will be happening on Saturday.”

Black Caviar also races at Caulfield on Saturday, the undefeated mare to shoot for win No. 18 in the $400,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

Three of Karuta Queen’s rivals are also at single-figures in the Rubiton Stakes betting markets with Danny O’Brien’s progressive Encosta De Lago colt Decircles ($5.50 Luxbet), First Command who has been backed in from $7 to $6 and who beat home Decircles to win the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington last-start, and the Peter Moody-trained Group 2 winning Master Harry ($9.50 Luxbet).

Other notable Rubiton Stakes hopefuls and their current prices to win include Mark Kavanagh’s Kensington Stakes third placegetter Weekend Special ($10), up-and-coming Spinning World three-year-old Hot Spin ($14 into $10) and Zedi Knight ($14 into $12) coming off a second to Black Caviar in the Group 2 Australia Stakes.

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2012 Schweppes Rubiton Stakes Field & Odds

Caulfield Race 7 – 4:30pm – 11/02/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rtg. Odds*
1 7190X0040X EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 10 58.5kg 105 26.00 Luxbet
2 8X2116X60X MASTER HARRY Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 57.5kg 98 9.50 Luxbet
3 40X7307083 GRAND DUELS Byron Cozamanis Billy Egan 4 57kg 101 51.00 Luxbet
4 120X527X31 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman Steven Arnold 3 57kg 105 6.00 Luxbet
5 0X94706192 ZEDI KNIGHT Brendan McCarthy Brad Rawiller 9 57kg 103 12.00 Luxbet
6 12709X400X DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols Craig Robertson 6 56.5kg 95 51.00 Luxbet
7 X79X430060 HERE DE ANGELS Wendy Roche Nicholas Hall 1 56kg 97 101.00 Luxbet
8 2X1212X123 WEEKEND SPECIAL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 11 56kg 85 10.00 Luxbet
9 39X21129X2 HOT SPIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Andrew Mallyon 8 54kg 82 10.00 Luxbet
10 762X1X2 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 7 53kg 78 5.50 Luxbet
11 20X341212X KARUTA QUEEN Neville Layt Tommy Berry 2 52.5kg 99 2.15 Luxbet

*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change