Rubiscent set to strike
TRAINER Mick Price expects to have an extra reason to celebrate a memo r a b l e w e e k w h e n Rubiscent contests today’s Sheahan Plate (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Price was thrilled with the arrival of his fourth daughter on Thursday when his wife Caroline gave birth to Olivia who is a sister for G e o r g i e , K e l l y a n d Stephanie.
Price said it had been a big week for the family and was looking forward to prolonging celebrations at Moonee Valley with the lightly raced Rubiscent who looks an out- standing chance of posting his third win in seven starts.
‘‘I would think only bad luck would beat him,’’ Price said.
‘‘He is a nice horse on the way up and it is a nice restricted race for him.
‘‘He just needs a nice run in the race and he should win.’’
Rubiscent looks well placed two weeks after splitt i n g T e s t F i r e a n d Lancettier when a luckless half-length second in open company over 1700m at Sandown.
Jockey Mathew Gatt last start was reprimanded for his erratic ride on Rubiscent who became unbalanced in t h e s t r a i g h t and was tightened for room after making contact with the hindquarters of another runner.
Craig Newitt replaces Gatt on the Rubiton fouryear-old and he should have every chance from barrier two in today’s capacity field of 15.
Rubiscent heads the TAB Sportsbet market at $3.20 while the Terry O’Sullivantrained Poised To Win is at $5.50 to make it three wins in a row after victories at Stawell and Werribee.