Victorian sprinter Moss ‘N‘ Dale is making a...
Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) is one of five Group One races running at Rosehill this Saturday, attracting a capacity field of 14 sprinters plus three emergencies.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Rubick is one of those 14 confirmed runners, set to atone for his unlucky third placing in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 7.
Rubick resumed in the race following a three month spell as the $3.30 favourite. He was evenly away to settle three and a half lengths fourth back on the fence behind a breakneck early tempo. The colt was kept in the pocket on the fence into the straight before finding himself held up for a run and suffled back to fifth by 250 metres. He was checked abruptly off heels with 200 metres to go but got home well thereafter to finish two and a half lengths off winner Miracles Of Life but just a short half-head behind runner-up Va Pensiero.
It was an unlucky run for Rubick, who will face both Miracles Of Life and Va Pensiero in the 2015 Galaxy. The three-year-old colt enjoyed a public workout at the course proper on Tuesday, impressing many regular track watchers.
“He worked very well as I expected and I was very pleased,” Ryan told Sky Racing.
“He got caught on the fence last time and just couldn’t get out.
“He’s drawn barrier four again on Saturday so I hope it doesn’t happen again.
“But that’s Kerrin McEvoy’s problem. There’s nothing I can do.”
Rubick is the market mover of The Galaxy betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, seeing his price shorten from $6.50 to $5.50, making him second favourite behind Deep Field ($4.40).
The colt has drawn well in barrier four with Kerrin McEvoy to ride, an advantage he has over his rivals. Race favourite Deep Field will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate with Challenge Stakes rivals Miracles Of Life ($6.50) and Va Pensiero ($21) will jump from barriers 14 and 11, respectively.
Coolmore owns a share in Rubick but a stud deal has not been done yet. Ryan understands they are waiting for a Group One win, which will increase his stud value. The trainer is hoping he can deliver it in The Galaxy.
“It’s important for any colt that you buy as a potential stud prospect to win a Group One,” Ryan said.
“It’s very important to me that he wins one and hopefully that’s on Saturday but there is no pressure from Coolmore.”
“They own a share but they are happy to race him. There is no stud deal in place.”
Rubick won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in February last year but finished outside the placings in fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) two weeks later.
The colt then won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) on October 11 but gave nothing over the concluding stages in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) three weeks later, finishing 11 lengths behind winner Brazen Beau in 12th place.
To back Rubick to win his maiden Group 1 in the 2015 The Galaxy, open your Ladbrokes.com.au betting account today. Bet against the Best Tote or SP + 20% to receive an additional 20% on your winnings!
Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.