Talented filly Rubisaki has continued to build on an already promising record, making it back-to-back city wins this preparation.
Trained by Patick Payne and ridden by in-form Jye McNeil, Rubisaki was sent out the $2.15 favourite in Saturday’s The Roof Garden Handicap (1400m) at Flemington and was able to show the turn of foot she possesses once a gap appeared in the straight.
The half-length victory was Rubisaki’s fourth from six starts which included an impressive win at The Valley in the first start of her current campaign in late November.
“She’s a very nice filly, obviously,” McNeil said.
“I think we’ve determined that and she’s proven quite dominant once again today.
“I thought the way she chased and let down off a slow tempo was quite impressive.”
Rubisaki settled in the second half of the seven-horse field from barrier one and McNeil said he was initially looking to angle out early in the home straight but instead had to take a run closer to the inside when it presented.
Rubisaki sprinted through a gap nearing the 200m and then was able to get the better of runner-up Antagoniser ($14), with Hi Stranger ($8) another three quarters of a length away third.
Payne brought up a race-to-race double when Modear, another three-year-old filly, raced to a narrow victory in the Courtyard Bar Sprint under apprentice Nathan Punch.