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17/2/2020  Group 2 Kewney Stakes next for Rubisaki 

Victorian filly Rubisaki will avoid clashing with Godolphin's best fillies and several talented interstate rivals with connections opting to bypass this month's Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m). 

The Patrick Payne-trained filly won last Wednesday's $1m Inglis Sprint (1200m) at Warwick Farm, weaving through the pack under Billy Egan to score by 1.5 lengths on a heavy (9) surface.

Joe O'Neill, founder and managing director of Prime Thoroughbreds who race Rubisaki, confirmed via social media on Sunday that the daughter of Rubick would have her next start in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington on March 7 before a possible return to Sydney for the Group 3 P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 4.

The $500,000 Surround Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Randwick on February 29, upgraded to Group 1 status in 2018, is likely to feature the Godolphin trifecta of fillies from yesterday's $200,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) — Flit, Lyre and Kiamichi.

Other likely Surround competitors include the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) quinella of Funstar and Probabeel, who won the NZ$1m Karaka 3YO Mile at her most recent start last month, and the unbeaten How Womantic. 

Rubisaki, purchased for $85,000 by Prime Thoroughbreds from the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, has won all three starts this season and has recouped just over 10 times her sale price from 10 months on the racetrack.


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