|Breeder||Ray Orloff (Oamaru Stud)|
|Owner||David, Rod and Mark Baylis|
|W S Cox Plate (1987)|
Futurity Stakes (1987)
Underwood Stakes (1987)
Mackinnon Stakes (1987)
|Last updated on 10 February 2010|
Rubiton (18 October 1983 – 25 November 2005) was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse of the mid-1980s.
He was bred by the Oamaru Stud in Victoria. Rubiton's name was a combination of "Ruby" and "ton", a colloquial term for 100 runs in cricket.
In his four-year-old season, he won his first four starts, dominating at weight for age in the Manikato, Memsie, Feehan and Underwood Stakes. He was then defeated by Drought and Fair Sir in the Caulfield Stakes after overexerting himself in trackwork.
Rubiton atoned for the defeat at his next start by winning the 1987 Cox Plate in track record time of 2.02.9, beating (Our) Poetic Prince, Fair Sir and Vo Rogue. He won a week later in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. Having then gone out for a spell, he never returned due to a tendon injury. He was retired to stud with earnings of A$1,360,330.
An outstanding sire at stud, Rubiton is one of only two stallions (the other is Heroic) to win and sire the winner of Australia's greatest weight-for-age race, the Group 1 MVRC Cox Plate.
Rubiton's progeny include 38 stakeswinners for 102 stakeswins. Besides Fields of Omagh, twice winner of the Cox Plate (2003 & 2006), Rubiton is the sire of sprinter Rubitano (Newmarket Handicap), Adam (Stradbroke Handicap), Flavour (Victoria Racing Club Stakes), Patezza (Doncaster Handicap), Dilly Dally (T J Smith Stakes), and Monopolize (Hong Kong International Bowl twice).
He is also sire of sprinter Lucky Secret, winner of 14 of 23 race starts, including, respectively, the Group 2 MRC Schillaci Stakes, MVRC A.J. Moir Stakes and MVRC Stanley Wootton Stakes. Lucky Secret narrowly lost the Group 1 rated MRC Oakleigh Plate, pipped at the post by Swiss Ace. A$220,000 yearling, winner of over $950,000 in prizemoney, Lucky Secret is trained at Caulfield by Tony Vasil.
Melbourne Racing Club have long honoured Rubiton with his own race, the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, run in February.
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- ASB - Rubiton Retrieved on 2009-6-18
- Rubiton - Profile of a Champion
- Rubiton Remembered
- Thoroughbred Heritage: Family 4 - Layton Barb Mare
- Bloodlines.net: Family 4 - Layton Violet Barb Mare
- Bloodlines.net: Family 4L - Golden Grove