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02/03/02 Rubitano Third Newmarket Hope for Mayfield-Smith
0302rubitano.jpg (10035 bytes)Flemington based trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith looks likely to have three runners in next Saturday's $752,500 Group One Rosemount Estate Newmarket Handicap after the impressive win of Rubitano in the $75,000 WJ (Bill) Adams Stakes at Caulfield today.

Mayfield-Smith has already confirmed last Saturday's Oakleigh Plate winner Sudurka and the classy performer Prince Rubiton as runners in the big sprint down the straight six at Flemington.

Rubitano who was described as a "serious Group horse" by his trainer has done a remarkable job in what has been his first preparation on the track.

0302rubitanortosc.jpg (8999 bytes)"You must remember this is his ninth start at his first preparation. After his sixth start he had a couple of weeks off doing light exercise," Mayfield-Smith said.

"So really he's done a great job and he's a top class performer," he added.

The winner is likely to handle a rise in distance in the future as his trainer plans to make a gear chance.

"With the blinkers on he tends to race a bit too hard and Brett (Prebble) said he would get a longer trip if they were taken off," Mayfield-Smith reported.

Mayfield-Smith felt the win was full of merit as he handled the rather greasy conditions well and stopped the clock in good time.

0302rubitano2.jpg (7787 bytes)"Really the time (1-9.67) was pretty good as the track is deteriorating and is certainly not in a fast condition," he added.

The win of Rubitano gave Brett Prebble a race to race double after winning the third race aboard the Leon Corstens trained Haste Ye Back.

Mayfield-Smith was also quick to send out a swipe to a local media identity who "bagged" the gelding and progeny of Rubiton during an radio preview this morning.

At the end of the 1200 metre listed race Rubitano had an advantage of a length and a quarter over St Chrisoph, while Roktzar was a neck away in third place.

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