The Queensland speedster Adebisi is Oakleigh Plate bound after a gutsy win in the $150,000 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Adebisi and Craig Williams, picture Quenton Lang, quentinjlang.com
The Desleigh Forster five-year-old was at his lightning best on his Melbourne debut, shooting straight to the front and leading to the 300m before holding off Rescue Mission in a dog fight to the post.
Forster said the run was a warm-up for the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate in a fortnight where he’ll potentially run into crack sprinters Barakey and Shamal Wind.
“He’ll stay on now and run in the Oakleigh Plate, that was the main aim,” Forster said.
“This was just to give him a run around Caulfield and to get him used to it.
“It was a good tough effort. Before he won in Sydney they thought he was a bit weak but he went to Sydney and he toughed it out and he toughed it out again today.
“He’s tough and brave, he’s a Queenslander what do you expect.”
Adebisi was given seven weeks to prepare for the Rubiton after a similar performance to win the Razor Sharp Quality at Warwick Farm prior to Christmas.
He’s looking to become the second Queenslander in as many years to win the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate after Robert Heathcote’s Woorim claimed the race last year.
In other news Darley's Peter Snowden has tightened his grip on this month’s Gorup 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) after winning both Preludes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Kuroshio grabbed a narrow win in the colts and geldings’ race before the impressive Guelph chased down stablemate Montsegur in the fillies’ event.
Adelaide galloper Miracles Of Life remains the favourite at $3 to win the $1m two-year-old sprint in a fortnight.
Guelph has bridged the gap and is now a $3.50 chance while Kuroshio is listed a $26 hope.
Guelph and Kerrin McEvoy, picture Quentin Lang, quentinjlang.com