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US Ranger - 11/07/08

US Ranger: the son of Danzig hails from the family of Dynaformer

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Sprint ace US Ranger to shuttle to Australia

GROUP 1-placed sprinter US Ranger is to shuttle to Independent Stallions in Victoria, Australia, from the 2010 southern-hemisphere breeding season.

The six-year-old son of Danzig is currently standing his first season at Pauls Mill Stud in Kentucky at a fee of $10,000. He will shuttle to Independent Stallions' base at Nagambie for three seasons.

Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, who had shuttled between Pauls Milland Independent Stallions in recent seasons, will stay in Kentucky this year before returning to Australia in 2011.

One of the last star sons of Danzig, US Ranger was unbeaten in three races in France at two for Jean-Claude Rouget.

Rouget also saddled him to win the Prix Djebel and finish second in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, after which he was transferred to be trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.

He developed into a high-class sprinter, finishing a head second to Marchand D'Or in the July Cup at four and also finishing third behind Paco Boy in the Prix de la Foret.

US Ranger's dam, the Roberto mare My Annette, is a three-parts sister to Dynaformer and to the dam of last year's leading American first-season sire Offlee Wild.

US Ranger will stand in Australia at a fee of A$11,000 (£6,630, €7,460, $10,130).

Independent Stallions' Mike Becker said: "He had the speed factor at top-level racing that appeals to Australian breeders, is an outstanding individual and carries a great stallion's pedigree, top and bottom line. What more could we want?"




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