Encosta Colt Sparkles on Debut

It’s a family that has given us superstars like Redoute’s Choice and Manhattan Rain with rising star Rubick (2c Encosta de Lago x Sliding Cube, by Rock of Gibraltar) living up to his bloodlines when scoring a stunning debut win at Randwick on Saturday.

The Gerald Ryan trained colt signalled his potential with a facile barrier trial win on January 7 and was sent out a short priced favourite for the 1000 metre open juvenile event.

Partnered by Brenton Avdulla, Rubick stalked the early leader Pink Perfection before zooming clear to beat the strong finishing Lonhro filly Twirl by two and three-quarter lengths with Magic Millions sale-topper Valentia a further four lengths back in third place.

The son of Encosta de Lago clocked a slick 56.35 seconds for the trip which was class record time and shaved quite a margin off the previous record held by boom filly Earthquake, who clocked 56.94 seconds when winning on debut on November 9.

“He’s a really nice horse and has plenty of improvement in him,” said Gerald Ryan.

“He was a bit keen early, but came back and relaxed.

“Every time you show him something, he might be a bit dumb the first time, but he picks it up quickly the second time.

“He has attitude, action and ability.”

Rubick will now head to Melbourne for the Group II MRC Blue Diamond Prelude in two weeks time and then a tilt at the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes on February 22.

“He’s done plenty of galloping the reverse way at Rosehill, so that will hold no fears for him,” Ryan added.

A three-quarter brother-in-blood to Group I winner Manhattan Rain, Rubick is the third foal of Group III winner Sliding Cube, a three-quarter sister to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice and Platinum Scissors and half-sister to Manhattan Rain, who is of course also by Encosta de Lago.

While most of this family has been retained by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, Rubick was consigned to the sales under the Vinery Stud banner and was sold at Magic Millions last year to David Raphael for $460,000.

He runs for a partnership that includes Stallion Racing, managed by David Raphael, Damien Flower’s Jadeskye Syndicate and Teeley Assets, whop elected to retain a share.

The first two foals from Sliding Cube are also by Encosta de Lago, two fillies in Rex is a Star and Drifting Cube. The first of them is a winner and now retired to stud, while the latter was placed twice last year at Geelong.

Champion sire Encosta de Lago has 20 yearlings for Inglis Premier in Melbourne and seven for the NZB Premier Sale starting on Monday.

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