An emerging partnership between Morningside and James Harron Bloodstock will see multiple Stakes winner Rubisaki head to Nagambie to begin her new life as a broodmare.

Rubisaki (Rubick x Senro Kisaki), who amassed more than $1.2 million in prizemoney for Prime Thoroughbreds’ John O’Neill and fellow owners, could be sent to Australia’s reigning champion sire Written Tycoon in her first season.

After stumping up $1 million, Harron and the Rowsthorn family who run Morningside will discuss their options in the coming days but regardless of which stallion she is served by, there’s little doubt Rubisaki will prove a very valuable addition to Victoria’s expanding band of quality broodmares.

The highlight of her career came in a purple patch at the start of 2020, when she notched six straight wins including back-to-back victories in the big-money Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm and the Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington.

A pair of Group 3 wins at Randwick swiftly followed, and whilst that was the last time she saluted the judge the mare did add an all-important Group 1 placing to her CV with a valiant third behind Instant Celebrity in the 2021 Robert Sangster Stakes.

“It’s really exciting to take a mare of her quality back to Victoria with us,” said Morningside’s General Manager, Will Rowthston.

“The association with James [Harron] is pretty new but we’ve already bought two mares together, so hopefully it’s just the start of a long and successful partnership.

“We haven’t confirmed the plans just yet but I think Rubisaki will probably go to Written Tycoon, which would be a great result so we’re very excited to see what the future brings.”

O’Neill, one of Victoria’s more prolific syndicators having raced more than 300 horses in his Prime Thoroughbreds colours, felt a mixture of pride and relief when the bidding reached seven figures for Rubisaki.

“Some of the bigger farms were bidding which is always a good sign, and when we got to $800,000 I was pretty confident we’d make it to the million mark,” he said.

“We were hoping to get to $1 million because the interest in her had been strong, but it’s difficult to predict the strength of the market and you never want to get too far ahead of yourself.

“It’s a fantastic result for the owners, the mare deserved it because she’s got a great pedigree and a fantastic temperament. We only paid $85,000 for her so it’s an incredible return for the ownership group, who are a great bunch. It’s a big relief, and hopefully she can go on to enjoy a great career as a broodmare.”

Later in the day, Morningside and Harron again teamed up to purchase Glistening (Zoustar x Beethog) for $775,000.

The Michael Freedman-trained filly won the Group 2 Riesling Stakes in March 2021, when the beaten brigade included Swift Witness (who sold for $1 million). Glistening subsequently put more Black Type on her pedigree page with victory in the Listed Moomba Plate at Flemington in March.