Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s flying filly Heatherly has opened favourite to keep the winning streak going at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday in the Rubiton Stakes 2016 on CF Orr Stakes Day.
The three-year-old daughter of Lonhro has won her past two Melbourne starts on the trot and this weekend steps up in class for a shot at the older gallopers in the $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Rubiton Stakes (1100m).
She and the Team Hawkes-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock Lake Geneva are the two fillies in the mix getting the weight relieve with 51kg at set weights plus penalties, and the bookies fancy the form on Katelyn Mallyon’s mount to stand up.
Heatherly jumps from barrier three of 11 and currently pays $3.60 in the latest Rubiton Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
A three-time winner from seven starts, Saturday is her first black-type assignment since her second behind Ready For Victory in the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m) down the Flemington straight last March.
Close second favourite in Rubiton Stakes betting this season is the market mover Politeness ($4.20 into $4) racing first-up from barrier four with Dwayne Dunn aboard.
The four-year-old Robert Smerdon-trained Street Sense mare won the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) last Derby Day before her close second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) also run over the Flemington mile on November 7.
A solid fourth to Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island in a recent 990m Cranbourne trial at the start of the month has Politeness fit and ready to fire as she kicks off her autumn campaign at a very backable price.
Three other runners are at single figures for the win including Éclair Choice ($6) who is drawn well in barrier two as the Phillip Stokes-trained California Dane four-year-old returns.
He won the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) – Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) double last October before a strong barrier trial win at home at Morphettville Parks on February 5.
Éclair Choice goes well fresh with two wins and a second from five previous first-up assignments and is looking to kick off right where he left off last prep.
The other hopes under $10 are the aforementioned Lake Geneva ($8) who impressed in a recent jump-out and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained four-year-old Kuro ($8.50) who hasn’t won since last May in Brisbane.
At more generous odds but still a hope of an upset in a close market include the likes of last start Gold Coast Magic Millions Sprint winner Husson Eagle ($11), Damien Oliver’s mount The Monstar ($12) coming off a Kensington Stakes fourth at Flemington late last month and the in-form Tried And Tired ($14) who ran second at the track over 1400m on Australia Day.
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