Lankan Rupee in Prime Form Ahead of 2014 Oakleigh Plate

February 20, 2014

Lankan Rupee in Prime Form Ahead of 2014 Oakleigh Plate

Jockey Craig Newitt could not be happier with the form of four-year-old Lankan Rupee ahead of his maiden tilt at a Group 1 level event in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Lankan Rupee is chasing maiden Group 1 success in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate

Lankan Rupee is chasing maiden Group 1 success in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having partnered the talented son of Redoute’s Choice in no fewer than nine of his 13 starts to date, Newitt revealed Lankan Rupee has progressed into a more focused and stimulating runner after being gelded at the conclusion of his 2013 autumn campaign.

“He will jump, he will run and he will put himself in the first four. I think he’ll be hard to beat” Newitt told TVN.

“I can’t see myself leading an Oakleigh Plate field. Kuroshio goes fast and so does the horse inside me (Minaj).

After producing a strong piece of work at Mick Price’s Caulfield stables on Tuesday, Newitt is confident Lankan Rupee can continue will continue his so-far perfect start to 2014 on Saturday.

“His work yesterday was sensational. He’s a gelding now and he’s just so relaxed in himself” Newitt added.

“He ran him 24 (seconds) and change and he never got out of first gear. He just went along at his own leisure and pulled up really good from it.

“He goes into the race 110 percent.”

Following a less-than convincing autumn preparation in 2013, Lankan Rupee was undoubtedly one of the standout performers of the spring, claiming three wins from four starts including the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m) from Hot Snitzel and Famous Seamus.

Returning to the track in peak form and claiming a strong Cranbourne barrier trial on January 30, Lankan Rupee jumped well from the barriers in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 8th, took the lead and dictated terms before slipping clear of the pack upon entering the final straight and sustaining a strong sprint ahead of Iconic and First Command.

Lankan Rupee is currently $3.20 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au for maiden success at Group 1 level in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate ahead of 2014 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) champion Knoydart ($6) and 2014 Listed Adams Stakes (1000m) victor Shamal Wind ($8).

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Resul...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Conv...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Saturday turned into a profitable day for punters at Eagle Farm as Gai...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Resul...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland horseman Tony Gollan celebrated a huge result in the...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results:...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

Master trainer Chris Waller celebrated his 21st career Group 1 quinella with...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Si...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

The good run of two-year-olds this season for the Golden Slipper winning...

Race Results

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

Race Previews

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds

Fields & Form

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds