Ru­bis­cent set to strike

Townsville Bulletin - - Raceguide -

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.

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