Bay 2011 15.3½ hh (1.58 m)
Encosta De Lago – Sliding Cube
Distance won over: 1000m. to 1100m.

The highest-rated 2yo colt of his generation & the most precocious son of Encosta de Lago

Fee for 2017: $17,600

Brilliantly Fast & Beautifully Bred

The most precocious son of Champion sire and proven sire of sires ENCOSTA DE LAGO

Out of Sliding Cube, a Group winner over 1000m and ¾-sister to Champion sire REDOUTE’S CHOICE

Timeform’s highest-rated 2yo colt of his generation

Rated equal to Encosta De Lago’s star sire son NORTHERN METEOR at 3 years

First yearlings have already sold for $470,000, $420,000$350,000, NZ $320,000$290,000$260,000$250,000, $250,000$200,000, $200,000, $200,000, $200,000 etc.

Rubick is the fastest horse I’ve raced and one of the fastest two-year-olds ever to run at Randwick. His progeny look fast too, so we have bought three of them so far.” Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing, purchaser of three Rubick yearlings including the Our Songbird colt for $470,000

I see lots of him in his progeny and both of my purchases were very athletic but most importantly had great temperaments.” Justin Bahen, purchaser of two Rubick colts including the Maevemoo colt for $350,000 on behalf of Orbis B/S

The first Rubick yearlings were among the top echelon by freshman sires on offer at the Gold Coast. I’ll be surprised if I don’t add more Rubick’s to the shopping basket over the next few months – he’s definitely got my attention!” Paul Moroney, purchaser of the Euro Chic colt for $260,000

We really liked what we saw of the Rubick’s on the whole. He was an incredibly fast two-year-old himself and our purchase was a running colt that looked like he should be a two-year-old.” Guy Mulcaster, purchaser of the Queen for Ninedays colt for $200,000

First Foals for Rubick

August 10, 2016

Brilliantly fast, blue-blooded sprinter Rubick was a popular pick with broodmare owners last spring covering 217 mares and his stunning…

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A son of Champion Sire Encosta De Lago, Rubick is a tail female line descendant of the very influential TORPENHOW.  He is most closely related to Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and class stallions Al Maher and Manhattan Rain. He also carries fellow TORPENHOW family member Nijinsky II through daughter Dancing Show. Rubick would benefit from the presence of other TORPENHOW family members in mares, such as TRY MY BEST (sire of WAAJIB and LAST TYCOON – sire of O’REILLY, TOWKAY, MARJU and BIGSTONE), FAR NORTH, THE MINSTREL (sire of PALACE MUSIC, BAKHAROFF and MASTERCLASS), AL MAHER, HURRICANE SKY, XAAR, UMATILLA, FREE AMERICA, RULER,  NEW REGENT, EL GRAN SENOR (sire of RODRIGO DE TRIANO), SPINNING WORLD and GIELGUD.

Rubick’s dam Sliding Cube is a three quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice. While mating mares by this sire to Rubick creates inbreeding which is possibly too close, granddaughters of REDOUTE’S CHOICE by such sons as SNITZEL, STRATUM, NOT A SINGLE DOUBT, NADEEM, BRADBURY’S LUCK and BENETEAU should suit.

Sex balancing Nijinsky II is also a positive way to reinforce the TORPENHOW family. Mares carrying sons of NIJINSKY II such as ROYAL ACADEMY (sire of BEL ESPRIT), WESTERN SYMPHONY, CAERLEON (sire of BLETCHLEY PARK), WHISKEY ROAD, YEATS and SERHEED create this pattern.

Encosta De Lago’s sire Fairy King is a brother to SADLER’S WELLS and TATE GALLERY and a three quarter brother to NUREYEV, all of whose female descendants are great candidates for matings with Rubick. Damsires such as STRAVINSKY, SPINNING WORLD (and son THORN PARK), GALILEO, HIGH CHAPARRAL, MONTJEUSOVIET LAD (and son STARCRAFT), PEINTRE CELEBRE and CARNEGIE are suitable, amongst many others.

A member of the GOODY TWO SHOES family, Fairy King will also appreciate reinforcement from broodmares carrying other sires from this line, such as THATCH and his son THATCHING, LORENZACCIO, YEATS, INFLATE, TOPSIDER, FESTIVAL HALL, WINDSOR SLIPPER, FOX MYTH, REFORM and OPEN DAY.

Encosta De Lago is from the FANFRELUCHE family. Other members include FLYING SPUR, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, KHELEYF, D’ACCORD and L’ENJOLEUR (who appears in the pedigree of sires ST. REIMS and KITTEN’S JOY).  Flying Spur is working very well with Encosta De Lago’s sons. Northern Meteor is the sire of Gr. 2 winner SPEAK FONDLY and Listed winner ATMOSPHERICAL and Manhattan Rain is the sire of Gr. 2 winner MOONOVERMANHATTAN on this cross.

The presence of five lines to Northern Dancer suggests other ALMAHMOUD family members such as HALO (sire of DON’T SAY HALO and grandsire of MORE THAN READY), ORPEN, WAY OF LIGHT, MACHIAVELLIAN (sire of STREET CRY and VETTORI), ESPERERO, EXIT TO NOWHERE, CANNONADE, CATRAIL, EL MOXIE, YOUTHFUL LEGS, L’EMIGRANT and ARCTIC TERN.

The SIR TRISTRAM line is a highly successful cross for Rubick’s close maternal relation, Redoute’s Choice.  He has an Average Earnings Index of 3.86 with mares carrying Sir Tristram. Rubick’s sire Encosta De Lago has produced Group 1 winners PRINCESS COUP, APERCU and DELAGO ROM out of Sir Tristram line mares. Rubick carries two daughters of Sir Ivor, so introducing Sir Tristram, a son of Sir Ivor, sex balances this ancestor. Daughters of descendants such as GROSVENOR, LONHRO, KAAPSTAD, SOVEREIGN RED, MARAUDING, EL QAHIRA, DON EDUARDO, HULA TOWN, MILITARY PLUME, SAVABEEL, OCTAGONAL, ZABEEL and DR. GRACE are desirable.

Mares from the MR. PROSPECTOR sire line are also attractive for Rubick, as several key elements in his pedigree are known to work well with him. Already carrying a daughter of this influence (second dam of Encosta De Lago), mares by sires including FUSAICHI PEGASUS, HUSSONET, RHYTHM, KINGMAMBO (sire of HENRYTHENAVIGATOR), STRAIGHT STRIKE, STREET CRY, E DUBAI, DISTORTED HUMOR, THUNDER GULCH, VETTORI, UNBRIDLED’S SONG or carrying WOODMAN, FAPPIANO, GEIGER COUNTER or MACHIAVELLIAN are appealing.


The highest rated 2yo colt of his generation

1stMRC Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G)-Gr.3, 1100m, Caulfield, defeating Jabali and Chivalry by 1 length and 0.8 lengths.
1stATC 2yo Plate, 1000m, Randwick, defeating Twirl and Valentia by 2.8 lengths and 4 lengths.

4thMRC Blue Diamond-Gr.1,1200m, Caulfield, beaten 2.8 lengths by Earthquake.

Rated Equal at 3 to Star Sire Northern Meteor – Defeated Gr.1 Sprinters at WFA at 3

1stMRC Schillaci Stakes-Gr.2, 1000m, Caulfield, defeating Platelet and Overreach by 1 length and 0.3 lengths.
3rdChallenge Stakes-Gr.2, 1000m, Randwick, beaten 2.4 lengths by Miracles Of Life.

MRC Schillachi Stakes-Gr.2

MRC Blue Diamond Prelude Stakes-Gr.3

ATC 2yo Plate