Rubick favourite to be leading freshman sire in 2018-19
CrownBet go 2-1 on the son of Encosta De Lago to field most winners
Rubick has been installed as favourite to be leading first-season sire in Australia by number of winners in the 2018-19 season by CrownBet.
The Coolmore stallion certainly has the pedigree to excel as a sire of two-year-olds as he is by Encosta De Lago out of Sliding Cube, a Group 2-placed Rock Of Gibraltar half-sister to the great Redoute's Choice and Manhattan Rain (also by Encosta De Lago), source of Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign.
Winner of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude and fourth in the Blue Diamond itself, Rubick has a first crop of 158 and his debut yearlings made up to A$470,000 at auction.
Rubick is CrownBet's 3.00 market leader – 2-1 in British and Irish terms – which puts him just ahead of Newgate Farm resident Deep Field on 3.20, or 11-5.
Deep Field is a son of the late Northern Meteor, as is the 2017-18 Australian champion first-season sire Zoustar, and he was a Group 2-winning sprinter on the track.
He has more foals than Rubick – 190 in all – and his yearlings sold for up to A$675,000.
Deep Field is a brother to Caulfield Guineas winner and fellow freshman sire Shooting To Win, who has a first crop of 118.
Shooting To Win, whose first yearlings sold for as much as A$340,000, is rated at 9.00 or 8-1 in the market.
Darley's cross-hemipshere shuttler Brazen Beau, a son of the outstanding I Am Invincible, is a 5.00 or 4-1 shot to field the most winners.
Although he has a relatively small first crop of 86, his yearlings were in strong demand at the sales, fetching as much as A$700,000.
Dissident, a five-time Group 1 winner over 7f to 1m at three to four, is the only other sire available at single-figure odds – 7.50 or 13-2.
The Newgate Farm-based son of Sebring showed useful form at three, when a Listed Blue Diamond Preview winner on debut, and he has a first crop of 152.
Current and former shuttlers from Europe or the US priced up in the market include Toronado (17.00/16-1), Zebedee (17.00/16-1), Hallowed Crown (26.00/25-1), Olympic Glory (26.00/25-1), Sidestep (26.00/25-1), Charm Spirit (67.00/66-1) and Verrazano (81.00/80-1).
CrownBet Australian first-season sire betting
(by most individual winners in the 2018-19 season)
Deep Field 3.20
Brazen Beau 5.00
Shooting To Win 9.00
Better Than Ready 17.00
Hallowed Crown 26.00
Olympic Glory 26.00
Sacred Falls 51.00
Time For War 51.00
Charm Spirit 67.00
El Roca 101.00
Jimmy Creed 101.00
The Brothers War 101.00
Hampton Court 201.00
The Wow Signal 251.00
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