Sunset years kind to Eternity Range

Former Mungrup Stud sire Eternity Range bobbed up with more black-type when El Rijes won the Listed Perth Stakes at Ascot last weekend.

Eternity Range (USA) was expected to slowly fade into the sunset in 2009 after being relocated to Don Hammarquist’s Walkaway property when he was rising 17.  He had arrived in Australia a decade earlier and his only stakes winner in that time had been WA Guineas winner Moccasin Bend.

Contrary to the sunset scenario, the change of scenery boosted his black-type tally with Listed winners Sunrange (2010 Kalgoorlie Cup), Rocky Range (2011 Ascot Gold Cup) and Waterman’s Bay (2011 Placid Ark Stakes).

El Rijes (2g Eternity Range – Special Kiseki by Special Bond) made it four and he can convert that Listed victory into a Group 2 when the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate is run and won at Ascot on March 31.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Mungrup Stud’s Ann Croucher said this week.  “Eternity Range had to make way with new stallions being added to our roster in recent years.

“Good luck to Don.  El Rijes is a very promising type and looks a good chance in the Karrakatta.”

Eternity Range can add more black-type this Saturday with Watermans Bay in the LR Raconteur Stakes at Ascot.  The Peter Giadresco trained gelding is coming off a close second in the LR WA Breeders’ Classic at Bunbury earlier this month.

Eternity Range (Majestic Light) is from a half-sister to champion sire Miswaki (Mr. Prospector).  He won at Saint-Cloud and was G1 placed at Longchamp before transferring to the USA to win the LR Big Shot Stakes at Santa Anita.

Hammarquist owns several properties in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region and he stands Eternity Range for a $1,100 service fee.