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Bushranger - Newmarket - 3 October 08

Bushranger: the son of Danetime was a 100,000gns yearling purchase

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Australian stud buys half share in Bushranger

ELIZA Park Stud in Victoria, Australia, has purchased a 50 per cent interest in dual Group 1 winner and Tally-Ho Stud new recruit Bushranger.

He will shuttle to the stud for his first southern-hemisphere breeding season later this year.

Bushranger was bred by Tally-Ho Stud in County Westmeath, where his sire Danetime stood. The operation sold him as a foal for €15,000, and the following year he was resold to John O'Byrne for 100,000gns.

Trained by David Wachman for Coolmore, Bushranger was crowned champion juvenile in Britain and France after winningthe Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes.

He returned to his birthplace to take up stud duties this year, at a fee of €7,500. His first Australian fee has been set at A$11,000 (£6,621, €7,644).

Danetime, who died aged 12 in 2005, also shuttled to Australia, leaving only three crops. He enjoys a good reputation in the country, thanks to a 71 per cent winners-to-runners strike rate and his Group 1-winning son Megatic.

Eliza Park Stud general manager David Somers said: "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.

"It's hard to go past a Danehill-line sprinter these days and it's unlikely that any champion two-year-old coming to Australia – and a Newmarket track record holder at that – has stood at such a potentially lucrative fee."





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