Perfect timing for Rubick ahead of sales season

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By Bren O'Brien

Coolmore is hoping the timing of the recent success of Rubick's first crop on the racetrack can parlay into further success in the sales ring for their young stallion.

Rubick collected a two-state double on Saturday with Yes Yes Yes winning impressively at Moonee Valley and Rubic Rose opening her account at Ascot, taking the sire's number of winners to two in his first season.

The timing of these 2-year-old successes is important as Rubick has 16 lots at next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, four lots at the NZB Karaka Yearling Sale, 32 at the Inglis Classic Sale and another nine at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Marketing and Nominations from Coolmore, Tom Moore, spoke to RSN's Talking Horses and said Rubick's dual success on Saturday only builds on his burgeoning reputation ahead of the sales season.

"He's a pretty exciting young stallion and the talk has been very positive of him for a number of months now," Moore said. "You’d like to think they’ll be very well sought after off the back of what he's done so far on the track."

"He's a pretty exciting young stallion and the talk has been very positive of him for a number of months now." - Coolmore Marketing and Nominations, Tom Moore

A total of 125 of Rubick's first crop went through the major sales last year, with the 93 sold at an average of $92,500. That made him the third most prolific in terms of total lots sold, behind only Deep Field (131) and Dissident (99).

Thanks largely to Yes Yes Yes, he currently sits third in the first-season sire rankings behind Better Than Ready and Brazen Beau.


Scene set for big sales response

Coolmore will offer three of the 16 lots by Rubick at the Gold Coast and Moore said the quality on offer should see him well supported again in the first major sale of 2019.

"All the trainers and syndicators will be looking to get their hands on one. Fingers crossed they get up there and they like what they see and they stick their hands up. And all the breeders that supported him all the way along can be well rewarded." he said.

"He's the right type of horse for that type of sale." - Tom Moore

Moore said the high numbers at the Classic Sale were an indication of the types of horses Rubick was producing and the market anticipation of what they were capable of.


"He's the right type of horse for that type of sale. These early sales where people will be targeting those 2-year-old types. He was obviously a very precocious horse himself and a very good-looking horse. He made $460,000 when he went to the yearling sales bought by Gerald Ryan. You’d like to think they’ll be well-sought after," he said.

Yes for Millions, Rose blooms in Perth

Having secured the first win for his sire at Flemington two weeks ago, Yes Yes Yes, trained by Darren Weir, confirmed his place in next month's Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast with another easy victory, beating another of Rubick's sons, Alburq in the Plate.

Yes Yes Yes' younger half brother by Press Statement will go through the Inglis Classic Sale in February as Lot 987, while the dam Sin Sin Sin (Fantastic Light {USA}) foaled a colt to Sebring in the spring.

Over in Perth, Rubic Rose improved significantly from her first start to open her account and become the first filly by Rubick to win a race. She is trained by Karen Kersley and was passed in at the Melbourne Premier Sale.

"She turned the tables on the horse that beat her first time out, so she looks to be heading in the right direction. She seems to have a lot of ability her win was quite dominant yesterday," Moore said.

She is the last of two foals out of Kyoto (Gonski), a half sister to Pillaging from the family of Encores, Irradiate and Sir Laurence.

Rubick has also had two of his first crop who have already been stakes-placed, with the Chris Waller-trained Krameric claiming his third black-type third in four starts in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan S. at Doomben on Saturday.

Biscara is the other black-type performer by the Coolmore sire having finished second on debut for Lindsay Park in the Listed Debutant S. at Caulfield in October.