Rubick to Target 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes

December 9th, 2014

Securing several commendable results over the 2014 Australian racing calendar, trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed talented three-year-old Rubick will return to training over the coming week in preparation for a 2015 Autumn Carnival preparation likely to be geared towards the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) in early April.

Rubick is likely to target the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes upon returning to racing. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Rubick is likely to target the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes upon returning to racing. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing three impressive race wins over just five competitive starts so far, Rubick charged home to beat talented open company to the line in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) first-up in spring, and while jumping as a leading contender in the featured Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on November 1st, was unable to match the late pace of runaway champion Brazen Beau; fading late to finish a forgettable 12th.

Confident the Encosta De Lago colt simply got lost in what was his maiden appearance in a straight race in the Coolmore Classic, Ryan told Racing Ahead Rubick has put on noticeable weight since returning to the paddock and is likely to return a new, revitalized horse in 2015.

“He comes back Friday,” Ryan said.

“He is a good horse and he spelled really well.

“Looking at him yesterday I would say that he has grown and he looks really well.

“He will race solely in Sydney in the autumn and I reckon he looks really good.”

Securing an impressive race win in a strong barrier trial at Rosehill prior to his racing debut on January 7th, Rubick announced his racing arrival when charging home to win the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) first-up on January 25th; making a successful transition to black type racing when charging home to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 8th and returned to the paddock following a credible fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.

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