Now a seven-year-old, Captain Punch, steps out for Stokes in the Grassroots Sports Club for Mirabel Handicap (1100m) on Saturday.
Stokes was the underbidder on the gelding at the sales and Captain Punch did his early racing in Adelaide for Richard Jolly.
“I think I went to $120,000 or $130,000 but that was quite a few years ago,” Stokes said.
Stokes said Captain Punch had travelled from Darwin with Zahspeed, a former Victorian galloper with Danny O'Brien who recently ran third at Moonee Valley in his first run for Stokes.
Captain Punch won a barrier trial at Morphettville last week in preparation for Saturday's race.
“It was a very impressive trial but he's done that previously,” Stokes said.
“He'll be an interesting horse to watch on the weekend racing back on the grass.”
His regular Darwin rider Brendon Davis is making the trip for his first ride at Caulfield.