Rubick Colt Wins Record Breaking $14million Everest
The world’s richest race on turf, the $14million Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday proved a triumph for Coolmore, who part own the winner Yes Yes Yes (3c Rubick x Sin sin Sin, by Fantastic Light) and also stand his sire Rubick, the heir apparent to Coolmore’s much missed champion sire Encosta de Lago.
The only three year-old in the field, Yes Yes Yes was selected by his trainer Chris Waller to take his stable slot for the Everest after earlier selection Enticing Star failed to come up to expectation.
A Group II winner last season at two, Yes Yes Yes was second to Bivouac in his seasonal return in the Group II ATC Run to the Rose and then was beaten narrowly by the same colt in the Group I ATC Golden Rose over 1400m on September 28.
That tough run over a slightly longer journey than the Everest trip, no doubt helped to season the three year-old for the pressure cooker of the Everest and with blinkers added and a perfect ride from Glen Boss, he scored a half length win over Santa Ana Lane with Treking in third place.
The world’s best sprinters sizzled over the 1200 metres clocking 1:07.32 seconds, which was a new track record.
The victory justified Waller’s decision to give Yes Yes Yes his chance in what is now the premier sprint race in the world.
"There is so much at risk. You have to go to the owners in Coolmore plus the original owners as he wasn't my horse,” Waller said.
“You have to suggest it can win an Everest, you can't say you're going to run second and third. Then you have to go to the slot-holders to choose it."
Glen Boss is in hot form and was delighted to claim another big race win.
"This is huge. What a feeling!" Boss said.
"This takes me back to 05 (Makybe Diva's 3rd Melbourne Cup).
"Thanks to Chris Waller for putting his faith in me.
"He is quality. I galloped him last week. He gave me goosebumps last week and today he has given me electric shocks. I couldn't believe the electric turn of speed he showed.
“When I peeled out three wide and asked him, his turn of speed was of Group 1 quality only. Jeez he sprinted quickly. His sectionals will say that he did."
A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase for Darren Weir Racing/John Foote Bloodstock from the Kitchwin Hills draft, Yes Yes Yes runs for a big syndicate of owners with Coolmore joining the party last season prior to the Golden Slipper in which he finished seventh.
Yes Yes Yes might not be a Group I winner yet, but there is little doubt that honour will come in due course with his overall record now standing at four wins and three seconds from eight starts with prizemoney of $7.1 million.
“Our family have been racing horses for years, but for me this is the biggest thrill I’ve ever had,” said Tom Magnier.
“We are fortunate to be involved in the sport and we are so thankful to Chris Waller and his team and Glen Boss. “We are delighted to be a part of it, my wife might dispute this, but it could be the best day of my life!”
Bred by Arlington Park, Yes Yes Yes carries the Kitchwin Hills brand and is the third winner from as many to race out of the Wellington Boot winner Sin Sin Sin, a half-sister to dual Group III AJC The Shorts winner Hot As Hell, the Listed Carrington Stakes winner Flaming Hot and the Hong Kong stakes-winner Craig's Dragon.
This is the famed Vista Anna family nurtured by the Cobcroft family that has also produced current dual Group I winner In Her Time and juvenile stakes-winner Harlem River.
Yes Yes Yes was the first winner for his sire Rubick and his first stakes-winner and as an Everest winner will now hold top honour as his highest stakes earner for quite probably many years to come.
A Group II winning sprinter from the family of Redoute’s Choice, Rubick is a horse that Coolmore have supported heavily as the heir to Encosta de Lago and his success is extremely satisfying.
Rubick was the busiest sire in Australia last year covering 263 mares at a fee of $17,600 and this year has had his fee increased to $38,500 on the back of burgeoning racetrack success.