Kubrick wins the inaugural Bondi Stakes in a rail-hugging victory ridden by Brenton Avdulla (Lisa Grimm)
Bloodstock authority Henry Plumptre got it right when he first laid eyes on Kubrick as a yearling.
Inspecting horses for Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds during the 2018 Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne, Plumptre marked the colt as a standout.
Plumptre noted: “Strong, attractive colt with great scope. Athletic. In my view the colt of the sale”.
Good looks aside, Kubrick needed all of that athleticism to turn defeat into victory in the inaugural Bondi Stakes, a $1 million race for three-year-olds over the famous Randwick mile.
Rebounding from a Caulfield Guineas run where nothing went right, Kubrick had to squeeze through a narrow opening on the fence to give second-season sire Shooting To Win his most significant winner.
Kubrick was bailed up behind the leader and appeared certain to stay there before jockey Brenton Avdulla turned a half-run into a proper one.
What a ride by @BrentonAvdulla – no rescue required! Kubrick and @cwallerracing caught the million-dollar wave to take out the inaugural Bondi Stakes @royalrandwick today… wow! pic.twitter.com/q0f9RZz8e8— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) October 26, 2019
The three-year-old did the rest in a manner that confirmed what the team at Two Bays Farm on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula knew all along.
“That is just the horse. He is tough and honest. You place him where you want to put him and he would run for you,” Two Bays manager Rob Carlile said.
“It was the same thing with us walking around the farm, there was nothing he would baulk at.”
Acting on Plumptre’s appraisal, Star Thoroughbreds went to $250,000 to secure Kubrick for trainer Chris Waller.
It was more than double the colt’s reserve but as the winner of $825,000 in stakes with the promise of much more to come, Kubrick is already well on his way to being the syndicator’s latest poster boy.
He becomes Star’s third winner of a $1 million race this year, joining stablemates Invincibella and Fiesta in that select club.
Kubrick’s win also capped a memorable month for Two Bays as the breeder and vendor of runners in the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas from a 2018 draft of seven yearlings.
Owned by Melbourne businessman Ross Ferris, Two Bays is gradually upgrading its broodmare band with a simplistic approach to horse husbandry.
“Basically Ross wants everything organically done and we try to keep to those principles as best we can … bring it back to nature a bit,” Carlile said.
Among the broodmares domiciled at Two Bays are the dam of stakes winner Military Zone and the granddam of the brilliant West Australian-owned Arcadia Queen.
The signs are promising but Carlile says they need to be to keep the operation on a commercial footing.
“The way the market is today if you are not in that top twenty to thirty percent of any sale you go to you can get left behind now,” he said.
“You’ve got to place yourself in that position because we are only a small farm.
“If you have a loss of a foal or a yearling it changes a lot on the books.”
Kubrick is the first winner from Alcatraz, bought privately after a limited racing career as a three-quarter sister by Fastnet Rock to stakes winner Chic Choice.
Her family includes three Group One winners – Fairy King Prawn, Easy Rocking and Cosmic Endeavour.
Alcatraz has a yearling filly and a colt foal by Written Tycoon and has been covered by Lonhro, who stands alongside Shooting To Win on the Darley stallion roster.
Winner of the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, Shooting To Win’s stocks are improving as his progeny mature.
A half-brother to Newgate Farm stallion Deep Field, Shooting To Win is yet to have a stakes winner.
Kubrick went close in his juvenile when narrowly beaten in the Group One JJ Atkins during the Brisbane winter carnival and it seems only a matter of time before his sire has black-type success.