Exciting first season sire, Bushranger (below), has heralded his imminent arrival on Aussie shores with a sensational book of mares at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.
Covering over 160 mares – virtually unheard of in the Emerald Isle for a debutant – Bushranger’s harem includes 22 dams of Group and Listed winners; 10 Group and Listed winners; 23 daughters of Group and Listed winners AND; 109 full or half sisters to Group and Listed winners.
Tally-Ho principal, Tony O’Callaghan, while obviously flattered by the response to his home-bred stallion, was somewhat staggered by both the quality and quantity.
“Clearly he (Bushranger) was going to be popular. After all, he was Champion 2YO in England and Champion 2YO in France, became a track record holder when capturing the Middle Park Stakes-G1 at Newmarket (beating Oasis Dream’s time) and won the Prix Morny-G1 in record time too.
However, we simply could not have hoped for a better book of mares to kick off with … we stood in his sire, Danetime, and he wasn’t afforded the same opportunity as Bushranger. And look what happened with Danetime (Champion UK First Season Sire)!
“Indeed, a number of the mares Bushranger has covered have produced successful progeny by Danetime, with their owners obviously hoping to capitalise on such a proven source.”
A cross section of the mares covered include half sisters to English and Irish Oaks winner Sariska, Rahfa (French Oaks), Ballingarry (Criterium Saint Cloud and Canadian International), Starborough (St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot), Airwave (Cheveley Park Stakes who was also beaten a half length by Choisir in the Golden Jubilee), Virtual (Lockinge Stakes), Ardross (dual Ascot Gold Cup winner), Braiswick (EP Taylor); daughters of Flamenco Wave (Moyglare Stud Stakes) and Pure Grain (Irish Oaks); plus the dams of Lennox Stakes winner Tariq and Look Busy (Temple Stakes).
Bushranger will stand his first season at Eliza Park at a fee of $11,000 (includes Live Foal Guarantee and no payment of service fee is required until 31 March 2011).