A week after Eliza Park welcomed VRC Newmarket Hcp winner Wanted, the Kerrie based stud has announced another Group 1 winning sprinter will join its roster for 2010.
The exciting stallion prospect Bushranger will head to Victoria this spring following Eliza Park’s decision to purchase a 50% interest in him with Ireland’s Tally-Ho Stud.
Bushranger is a son of Danehill sire Danetime and he broke the race record for the prestigious G1 Prix Morny at Deauville. Vinery shuttler Myboycharlie is another son of Danetime on the Prix Morny honour-roll along with Champion Sires Blushing Groom, Irish River, Machiavellian and Zafonic.
Bushranger followed up that G1 triumph in Normandy with a G1 victory in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. He broke the six furlong (1200m) race-record and the track record eclipsing the times clocked by the likes of Oasis Dream, Stravinsky, Royal Academy, Green Desert and Anabaa.
Not surprisingly, Bushranger was crowned Champion 2YO of England and Champion 2YO of France.
“Bushranger is clearly a most exciting prospect,” Tony O’Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud said earlier this year. “I’ve never seen so much demand for a new horse. He’s certainly as popular as Danetime at his peak and breeders see real value in this stallion.”
Although Bushranger made his considerable mark on British and European tracks, his sire Danetime, who also shuttled from Tally-Ho, is certainly no stranger to local racegoers.
The Champion First Season Sire of Europe, Danetime covered just three crops in Australia, but produced 18 stakes horses and a massive 71% winners to runners. Only last week, his Group 1 winning son Megatic won the LR Grandstand Stakes in Perth.
Despite his relatively short time at stud, Danetime has produced 27 black type winners and 46 stakes horses overall.
Eliza Park General Manager David Somers is convinced the stallion can pick up where his sire left off. “Bushranger had a very similar racing action to Danetime. The way he stretched out – especially when challenged – is indicative of his big heart and ability.”
Bushranger will stand this season at a fee of $11,000 (inc. gst) with a live foal guarantee and no payment of service fee until 31 March 2011.