Shanghai Warrior Tops Small 2013 Rubiton Stakes Field

Pat Hyland’s four-year-old gelding Shanghai Warrior heads a small seven-horse field for the Group 3 2013 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Shanghai Warrior

Shanghai Warrior heads a small Rubiton Stakes field

The son of Elvstroem will be running first-up after an indifferent spring campaign.

He was oustanding in his first three starts including winning the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap before contracting an illness which saw him well beaten towards the back of the field in both the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis and the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Travelling south from Queensland for the the hit-out is Desleigh Forster-trained gelding Adebisi who is coming off a win in the Listed Razor Sharp Quality at Warwick Farm in December.

The five-year-old is a natural front-runner and will ensure the race is run at a strong tempo with top jockey Craig Williams in the saddle.

Bringing strong form into the race is Rescue Mission who has won twice and recorded two seconds from his last four starts.

However, the son of Darci Brahma will have to handle a step up in class after his last start win came in restricted class at Caulfield.

Out to back up a third-place finish at Group 2 level in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley two weeks ago is Outlandish Lad.

The sometimes inconsistent gelding is a proven stakes performer, having taken out the Group 3 DC McKay at Morphetville last year.

Mr Milton is another runner who can be inconsistent but is more than up to this level if he performs to his best.

The four-year-old finished fourth in a hot field in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes during the Spring Carnival. preferred bookie,, will have terrific odds on all the exciting Caulfield action this weekend.

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Rubiton Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 166040×151 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster Craig Williams 3 57kg 102
2 11316×6103 OUTLANDISH LAD Dennis O’Leary Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 104
3 116x31100x SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland Steven Arnold 4 57kg 98
4 4172x6x275 DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols Chad Schofield (a) 1 56kg 96
5 0x38841221 RESCUE MISSION (NZ) Anthony Freedman Glen Boss 2 56kg 92
6 9x9545045x MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Vlad Duric 6 56kg 88
7 1L41254279 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden Chris Symons 5 56kg 82