Rubick has taken out the 44th edition of the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon.
In second place was Platelet, followed by Overreach who was able to get around Iconic in a photo finish.
Platelet had a trademark fast start. Iconic and Sessions settled at the rear of the field early on, content to stay just off the pace. Gregers and Platelet maintained a solid midfield position with Platelet constantly threatening the frontrunners Overreach and Rubick.
At the turn, Gregers began an early run in an endeavour to break down Overreach’s lead. Tommy Berry put some pressure on Overreach to get her neck out in front of Gregers and Rubick. Damien Oliver began maneuvering Not Listenin’tome into fifth in an endeavour to charge alongside Platelet.
Iconic made a valiant charge, with Nicholas Hall encouraging the gelding to come around Gregers and Platelet.
In the end though, it was pure talent that won out. Rubick finished off too strong for Platelet. Overreach was successful in holding off Iconic while Gregers simply didn’t have the steam to get to the line.
Heading into the Schillaci Stakes, Overreach was favourite, with Rubick and Not Listenin’tome close behind in the odds. Both Not Listenin’tome and Overreach went into this event with a very solid record of a place or win in every start. Overreach will now see that record extended to six races, while Gary Moore will need to reflect on Not Listenin’tome’s performance.
Kerrin McEvoy was absolutely chuffed with the win, his third straight today. “It’s amazing how these good sprinters often have nice relaxed attitudes,” he said. Gushing about Rubick, Kerrin also said “he’s a lovely colt, it’s a thrill to be on him.”
It appears as though the barrier certainly helped, with McEvoy taking Rubick towards the front in an endeavour to control the pace.
The Schillaci Stakes runs on a bumper race program boasting ten black type races. Caulfield Guineas Day is the first day of the three day Caulfield Spring Carnival, with proceedings culminating next Saturday (October 18th) with Caulfield Cup Day.
Platelet was first up in this race following a 22 week spell. Usually fairly decent first up, Platelet was able to maintain form with a respectable second. In a 7 horse race, punters who had a bit of each way faith in Platelet have been rewarded yet again.
Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee had originally targeted the Schillaci Stakes but trainer Mick Price was forced to change plans following the development of a hoof crack.
Not Listenin’tome was favoured by the punters even after a rushed preparation and potential lingering effects of health issues from earlier this year. However, he was completely cleared at the end of September and appears to be none the worse following his virus.
The Schillaci Stakes was Rubick’s first run as a three year old after his return to racing following a very successful two year old season. Of three starts, Rubick was able to secure two victories and a narrow fourth in the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes.
2014 Schillaci Stakes Results
|1||7||RUBICK||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||–||1||53kg||$4.60|
|2||5||PLATELET||Darren Weir||Ben Melham||1L||3||56.5kg||$8|
|3||4||OVERREACH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1.3L||6||56.5kg||$3.40F|
|4||2||ICONIC||Tony McEvoy||Nicholas Hall||1.5L||2||58.5kg||$20|
|5||6||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Williams||2.75L||4||56.5kg||$8|
|6||3||NOT LISTENIN’TOME||Gary Moore||Damien Oliver||3.75L||5||58.5kg||$4.40|
|7||1||SESSIONS||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5L||7||58.5kg||$13|