Bushranger (Ire) became the first of this year’s European freshman to sire a winner after his daughter Outback Lover opened her account at Wolverhampton on Wednesday.
Outback Lover (2f Bushranger – Lady Thyne by Mujadil) made all to win by almost two lengths from first-timers Memory Styx (Clodovil) and Far Gaze (Balmont) in an all-weather maiden over 1000 metres.
Outback Lover had finished fifth on debut at Lingfield three days earlier. She was bred by Christopher Maye and cost trainer Stan Moore a bargain-basement 800 euros (AUD 982) at a Goffs second-tier yearling sale in October 2012.
Bushranger (Danetime) claimed Group 1 victories in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes before shuttling between Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland and Eliza Park in Victoria.
Bookmakers made Bushranger an 11/8 favourite for the first-season winners’ premiership in Europe. “It’s been all one-way money since we opened the betting last Friday,” a Stan James spokesman claimed. “He’s been the only stallion backed into any significant degree in the prize-money list, from 8/1 into 6/1.”
Bushranger stood for an $8,800 fee at Eliza Park last year. His first Australian yearlings have sold to $48,000 (Adelaide Magic Millions) and $35,000 (Melbourne Premier). There are another two colts and two fillies catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold yearling sale on April 28 & 29.