Inside Knowledge Helped Joe O'Neill Find Rubisaki
Media Release - Thursday February 13

When Joe O’Neill from Prime Thoroughbreds attended the 2018 Classic Yearling Sale – the first ever sale at Riverside stables – he did so with a cunning plan.

O’Neill had an unraced Sizzling filly out of Senro Kisaki in his stable that was due to have her first public barrier trial that week but such was O’Neill’s opinion of the filly, he wanted to keep her away from the public eye in the hope of purchasing her Rubick half sister that was being presented at the Classic Sale by Edinburgh Park as lot 619.

Joe O'Neill and Billy Egan celebrate Rubisaki's $1million Inglis Sprint victoryO’Neill got his way, purchasing the Rubick filly for $85,000.

She now races as Rubisaki and today she won the $1m Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm.

It was her fifth win from seven starts for the Patrick Payne-trained filly, career statistics that have come as no surprise to O’Neill.

“I say to my clients ‘we’ve got to buy athletes, not show ponies’ and this filly is an athlete who I always thought would go early and she has,’’ O’Neill said.

“We go out to buy athletes and to be honest we’ve had a lot of success doing that.

“At Classic two years ago, we knew what we were doing. We knew this filly was in the sale so we held the other one back from trialling until after the sale so we could buy Rubisaki at a more reasonable price.

“We liked the look of her and it’s all fallen into place.’’

Rubisaki was buried in the back half of the field today and looked to be in trouble upon straightening but a masterful ride from Billy Egan saw her secure a comfortable win in the end, defeating Rari and True Detective.

“It’s a fantastic thrill for me and the owners, for Patrick Payne, Billy Egan, the breeder Ian Smith and everyone involved,’’ O’Neill, who purchased four horses at this week’s Classic Sale, said.

“We buy horses at the sales, we work to a budget and to have an $85,000 filly come and do what she’s done – she’s won five from seven now, close to $1m in prizemoney, it’s fantastic.’’

Rubisaki as a yearlingIan Smith of Edinburgh Park, who bred and sold Rubisaki, always thought she would be an early running type.

“The dam throws really nice foals and Rubisaki really was a nice foal,’’ Smith said.

“Edinburgh Park are well regarded in the industry because our horses run. It’s been proven time and again and Rubisaki is another example of that.’’

Rubisaki may now target the G1 Surround Stakes at Randwick on February 29.

Should she win that, she would become the seventh G1-winning Inglis 3YO this season.



Inglis Sprint 1200m
Warwick Farm Track: Heavy(9) Time: 1:11.80
T: Patrick Payne J: W Egan 54
3f Rubick (AUS) x Senro Kisaki (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $85,000
V:Edinburgh Park, Wingham
B: Prime Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
T: G D Hickman J: N Rawiller 56
3g Sizzling (AUS) x Elusive Air (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Hickman Racing
True Detective
T: C J Waller J: G Boss 56
3g Shamus Award (AUS) x Girls Rule (AUS) (Geiger Counter (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Moobi Farm, Scone
B: Performance Genetics LLC
Roman Wolf
T: G Portelli J: Rachel King 56
3g Deep Field (AUS) x Exhibit (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Portelli Racing
T: Bjorn Baker J: J R Collett 54
3f Rubick (AUS) x Jadana (AUS) (Jade Hunter (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Carramar Park, Grose Wold
B: Henderson Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
Condo's Express
T: Richard Laming J: J B Mc Donald 56
3g Rubick (AUS) x Braided (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $3,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: Laming Racing
T: C J Waller J: G Schofield 56
3g Brazen Beau (AUS) x Ready As Elle (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Waller Racing
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 56
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Danish Spy (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $750,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: China Horse Club / Newgate Farm / WinStar Farm
T: Joseph Pride J: A Hyeronimus 56
3g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Redhandedjill (AUS) (Mull Of Kintyre (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Goodwood Farm, Murrurundi
B: Tricolours Racing & Syndications Pty Ltd
T: Brooke Somers J: Jean Van Overmeire 56
3g Wandjina (AUS) x Tiffinco (AUS) (Zeditave (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold
B: B Summers
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: T Marquand 56
3c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Norzita (NZ) (Thorn Park (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $660,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds, Burradoo
B: Aquis Farm / Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
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