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.
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.
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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|