Early Spring Success No Accident

Tara Madgwick – Monday August 29 – BREEDNET

This stallion has made a brilliant start to the season, but if you had been doing your homework his success would hardly come as a surprise.

Rubick has made a lot of people sit up and start paying attention after reeling off two Group winning three year-olds in Bound for Home (G3 Quezette Stakes) and Jacquinot, who saw off a quality field of colts to win the Group III MRC McNeil Stakes last saturday.

Jacquinot is leading the charge for Rubick – image Grant Courtney.

They come from his largest ever foal crop conceived in 2018 when he covered 263 mares at a fee of $17,600.

That crop put the writing on the wall last season when 12 of them came out and won as 2YO’s headed by Jacquinot, who was third in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and all evidence would suggest they are gearing up to go right on with the job.

Rubick has another huge crop of two year-olds to follow conceived off a fee of $38,500 when he covered a further 263 mares in 2019, so it will be no surprise to see him riding high for the next few years as these two pivotal crops reach maturity.

Rubick was Australia’s busiest sire in 2018 and 2019.

Rubick was the busiest sire anywhere in Australia for two years running in 2018 and 2019, but fashion can be a fickle thing in thoroughbred breeding and Rubick now finds himself at Swettenham Stud in Victoria after beginning at Coolmore.

Priced at $22,000 this spring, the speed son of Encosta de Lago is sure to cover more than the 42 mares he got last year and savvy broodmare owners might find themselves well rewarded.

Rubick’s champion Everest winning son Yes Yes Yes remains at Coolmore and is preparing for his third season at a fee of $38,500 and has enjoyed good support so far covering 205 mares first season and 175 in the second.

The Encosta de Lago sireline is in very healthy territory thanks to the Northern Meteor branch of the sireline ( read more here), but Rubick’s royale female lineage may well see him play a significant role going forward.