Performing well over just three starts through his maiden racing preparation in the late summer/early autumn of this year, trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed his is pleased with the ever-growing form of exciting colt Rubick ahead of a spring campaign geared towards the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1st.
Stamping his claims as one to watch from his very first appearance on course, Rubick has not been seen at the races since fading to finish a disappointing fourth in the featured Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd; a race for which he jumped outright favourite.
Forced into only light training when struck down with a virus in early august, Ryan confirmed the son of Encosta De Lago is back to full health however is yet to be set on a specific path leading into the 2014 Stud Stakes.
“He looks terrific. It was only a minor thing,” Ryan told AAP.
“It just means we have had to change his early program but the Coolmore Stud Stakes at the end of the carnival has always been his target.
“He had 12 days in the paddock followed by eight days on the water walker so the fitness is there.
“I’m not sure yet whether we start him off in Sydney or Melbourne.”
Charging home to win the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) by close to three lengths on debut in January 5th, Rubick stamped his claims as a serious black type contender when comfortably beating home a talented field in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) on February 8th.
Jumping from the gates well in the Blue Diamond Stakes, the colt out of Sliding Cube found the final straight at Caulfield in the clear and appeared to be in winning position, however was unable to sustain a strong sprint; passed by eventual winner Earthquake, Jabali and Cornrow in the final 200 metres.
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