Trainer Gerald Ryan has confirmed his promising colt Rubick returns to work early next month in preparation for an autumn return targeting Sydney’s The Galaxy 2015 in late March.
A lightly-raced son of Encosta De Lago, Rubick flopped in his latest start when beaten 11 lengths to run 12th behind the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
Atonement for that failure could be on the cards this coming Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival however with Ryan looking at the $400,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) as an early target for the Group 2 winner.
Rubick won his opening two career starts as a juvenile including the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) back in February before being stepped up to Group 1 company for the first time.
Ryan ran him in the Blue Diamond Stakes but he was disappointing, grabbed by his rivals at the 200m and only running evenly to the line three lengths off the winning filly Earthquake.
He spent the next eight months on the sidelines before returning at Caulfield on October 11 for a tough first-up win over Platelet in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) one run before the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Victoria Derby Day, November 1, at Flemington.
Ryan confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph this week that the galloper will return to work on December 12 before staying on in Sydney for the autumn riches.
“There is good money here, the races here suit him,” he said.
“He can go first-up into the Challenge Stakes and then The Galaxy. We will play it by ear after that.”
The $175,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) runs at Royal Randwick in mid-March a fortnight before The Galaxy.
Following those races another possible option for Rubick should he be travelling well enough is the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) back at Randwick on Australian Derby Day in April.
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