Rubick to stand in Victoria at Swettenham Stud in Nagambie

The Victorian breeding industry has received another massive boost with the highly credentialed and Group winning proven stallion RUBICK joining the roster at Swettenham Stud.

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said he was thrilled to welcome the young stallion to his Nagambie stud, saying there were undeniable facts and figures that make RUBICK a truly exciting prospect for all breeders.

RUBICK, the sire of The Everest winner and Coolmore stallion “Yes Yes Yes”, will stand at $25,000 (plus GST) and is tailor-made for the rich VOBIS scheme.

He will commence stud duties this year at Swettenham in a deal with global powerhouse Coolmore which had stood the nine-year-old stallion since 2015 after the son of super sire Encosta De Lago retired with Group wins over 1100m and 1000m.

And the arrival of RUBICK at Swettenham Stud is something of a homecoming for Adam Sangster whose late father Robert Sangster raced and later sold Shoal Creek when the mare was in foal to Fairy King and carrying Encosta De Lago which later became a famed stallion.

Robert Sangster also bred and raced Fairy King, a full brother to homebred global legend Sadler’s Wells, both of whom stood at long-time partners’ Coolmore in the 1980’s.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled, to continue the strong relationship between the Magnier and Sangster family”

“Some of Encosta De Lago’s best years were when in stood in Victoria and we all know how successful he was at stud.”

“And the majority of RUBICK’s success on the track has been down here in Victoria and it’s really been the unofficial home for Encosta and his progeny. Yes Yes Yes started his racing career in Victoria, winning two of his first three races in Victoria before joining the Sydney stables of Chris Waller where he won The Everest.”

Sangster believes RUBICK’s progeny have a lot of upside and also what is exciting for breeders is that the stallion has twice served more than 250 mares with those crops now foals and yearlings.

“And those two seasons – 2019 (262 mares) and 2018 (263) – have seen him with his best books of quality mares,” Sangster said.

“I think that coupled with the success he has had on the track from a more modest service fee shows that the most exciting aspect is that the best is yet to come for him.

“He is a workman and an absolute gun – fertility wise and number wise.

“To be able to produce an Everest winner at any stage of a stallion’s career is great and only Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have done it.  And RUBICK did it from his first crop. There is plenty of excitement there for the breeders.”

Sangster said Victoria is the right home for RUBICK where they are only a handful of proven stallions available for a $25,000(plus GST) service fee.

“For those looking to breed with a proven commercial horse that can get an Everest winner, a Kewney Winner and a McKenzie winner from his first crop, you’ve found him” Sangster said.

RUBICK will stand alongside Swettenham Stud’s most in demand, Toronado.


  • More stakes winners from his first crop than any New South Wales based stallion.
  • Over 20 yearlings sold for 200k or more.
  • Current weanlings are out of his biggest and best crop of mares (off higher service fee).
  • Over 350 weanlings/yearlings still to come through.
  • Yearlings in 2021 have sold for $170,000, $140,000, $130,000, $125,000, $120,000, etc, conceived at a fee of $17,600.
  • His 177 live foals from his current weanling crop conceived at $38,500 are his biggest and best bred.
  • Timeform’s highest-rated 2YO colt of his generation.
  • Won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C & G over 1100m). Won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m).
  • Out of Sliding Cube, a Group winner over 1000m and ¾-sister to champion sire Redoute’s Choice.
  • Is the most precocious son of champion sire and proven sire of sires, Encosta De Lago.

Victorian stakes success

  • Rubisaki – Won Group 2 VRC Kewney.
  • Condo’s Express – won LR MVRC Mitchell McKenzie.
  • Biscara – Stakes performed at both MRC Debutant Stakes and MVRC Inglis Banner.
  • Excess Funds – Multiple 2yo Victorian City winner and Stakes performed MRC Village Stakes.

Victorian sales success

  • Rubick x Charm’s Honour Colt – $420k Melbourne Premier, bred by Victoria’s Robert Crabtree.
  • Rubick x November Flight – $900k. Bought by Coolmore and Ciaron Maher Racing to race in Victoria.
  • Rubick x Kim Dynasty – $360k. Bought by Suman Hedge Bloodstock and trained by Ciaron Maher Racing.
  • Rubick x Euro Chic – $260k. Bought by Paul Moroney for Mike Moroney, Rupert Legh and partners.