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Gerald Ryan’s former star juvenile Rubick will make his much awaited new season return in Saturday’s Schillaci Stakes 2014, nominations for the Caulfield Guineas Day sprint showdown featuring a dozen hopefuls.
A bumper nine-race program is set to light up Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday including the sprinters facing off in the $200,000 Group 2 Anco Seed & Turf Schillaci Stakes (1000m).
The headline nominee is Encosta De Lago colt Rubick who comes off a winning trial over Time For War over 900m at Rosehill on September 30.
His last start was way back in February when the previously undefeated youngster ran fourth to Godolphin-owned filly Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Rubick impressed Ryan and onlookers with a tidy piece of trackwork over 800m on Tuesday morning, completing the journey in a slick 52.04 seconds and showing he was ready to fly first-up.
The youngster heads towards a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight on November 1, the Victoria Derby Day feature also on the agenda for this year’s Golden Rose winner Hallowed Crown.
“He had a good blow,” Rubick’s trainer’s son and regular trackwork rider Blake Ryan, replaced by Kerrin McEvoy in the Schillaci on Saturday, told Racing Victoria today.
“His Grand Final’s in a month’s time, so he’s not fully screwed down for this and he’s going to improve off it.
“But he worked solid and we’re really happy with him. He pulled up good, so he’ll run well.”
On Saturday Rubick will be looking to become the sixth three-year-old Schillaci Stakes winner over the years, the latest of those being Wilander back in 2008.
The other big name, returning Schillaci Stakes nominee is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Overreach.
The Exceed And Excel mare makes her four-year-old debut on Saturday on the back of a successful Randwick trial over 740m on September 19.
A winner of three of her five starts, Overreach entered the Group 1 winner’s stall in April last year when beating home the boys in the Golden Slipper.
She then backed up to run third to Guelph in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) the following Saturday but has been out of the racing scene since.
Heading the Schillaci Stakes ratings meanwhile is fellow Group 1 winning mare Platelet for Darren Weir.
The Strategic six-year-old has run second in her past three starts back in the autumn including behind Driefontein in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), which she won 12 months earlier, and to upset winner Smokin’ Joey in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 10.
Also well up the ratings are the likes of the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Cockram Stakes winner Gregers, last start The Shorts fourth placegetter Sessions for John O’Shea, the local Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind and Not Listenin’tome last seen running second to Appearance in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in mid-March.
See below for the full Schillaci Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field due out on Wednesday.
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2014 Schillaci Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 11/10/2014
|1||ANGELS BEACH||Peter G Moody||96|
|2||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||86|
|3||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Diane Poidevin-Laine||82|
|4||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||105|
|6||NOT LISTENIN’TOME||Gary Moore||103|
|7||OUR NKWAZI||Shawn Mathrick||87|
|12||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||103|
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