Budding superstars Rubick and Eathquake have enhanced their reputation as the horses to beat in the Blue Diamond Stakes, with ultra-impressive wins in identical times at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Peter Snowden trained Earthquake dominated the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies, winning by 2 and 3/4 lengths from Eloping and Lumosty.
After wobbling around the home turn, Earthquake finished off her race strongly, and Snowden believes her best is to come.
“She has got talent,” Snowden told TVN.
“I was a bit surprised she wobbled around the corner. She had her ears pricked and wanted to lay out a bit.
“She has got natural ability, she will take a lot from the run. The benefit of being around here will be a big plus here in a fortnight.
“I know there is a bit more there.”
TAB Fixed Odds has elevated Earthquake to a $2.40 favourite for the Blue Diamond, with Rubick the second pick at $2.70.
Rubick dwelt at the start of the colts and geldings prelude, forcing jockey Brenton Avdulla do use more energy than he would have liked to find the front.
The son of Encosta De Lago kicked on strongly in the straight, holding off Jabali and Chivalry.
“He’ll improve off it” trainer Gerald Ryan told TVN.
Both horses covered the 1100m in 1.03.71, but tellingly for Rubick, the horses who shared the early lead with him wilted in the straight, adding merit to the performance.
Ryan is toying with the idea of spelling Rubick after the Blue Diamond, bypassing the riches of the Golden Slipper.