Rubick could be the next stallion for Ryan and Flower

Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
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Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

It is becoming increasingly expensive to find a stallion prospect for trainer Gerald Ryan and owner Damion Flower.

The pair have a good record of finding the right horse at the right time, identifying Snitzel as yearling and paying $260,000 for him.

“It was from the money we got from Clangalang [an Australian Derby and Epsom winner],” Flower recalled. “Gerald looked at him [Snitzel] and said he will be a stallion and he was right. Look at what he did on the track and what he is doing at stud. Now we are paying [for] his sons and they’re not cheap.”

Flower was part of the team that paid $1.8 million for a Snitzel colt out of champion mare Alinghi on Wednesday. It will be sent to Ryan, as has become the norm over a couple of decades. The relationship between Ryan and Flower is one of good mates but they have proven lethal in the bloodstock sense.

Rubick, which runs in the Arrowfield Stakes at Randwick, is another example of their teamwork. “Gerald was driving off the farm after seeing Rubick and rang and said ‘have a look at this one, he is our next stallion’,” Flower said. “He hasn’t let us down and gets his chance on Saturday to win at The Championships.”

It took $460,000 to secure him at the Magic Millions sale a couple years ago but he has already been earmarked for a career after racing, with a share sold to global giant Coolmore as a two-year-old.

He won the Schillaci Stakes against the older horses in the spring before being drawn on the wrong side of the track in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

He returned in the autumn with the Arrowfield in mind and has again looked a group 1 sprinter in the making. He ran third in the Challenge Stakes when held up for much of the straight before charging late, then failed in the Galaxy.

“He is back to his own age and this race will determine the best colt of the autumn,” Flower said. “We have been confident he would prove himself that for a while and we will find out on Saturday. It will be a group 1 race before long and it is very important.”

Ryan has been delighted with the way Rubick has come on in the three weeks since his last run.

“He has bounced back and this is the best he has been,” Ryan said. “He has the ability to win a group 1 and I’m confident it will happen. He is going to be very hard to beat on Saturday because he is flying.”

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