Thursday, October 11, 2012


The buzz around Eliza Park ‘shuttler’, BUSHRANGER, is deafening and the Champion 2YO of England and France has well and truly captured the imagination of the world’s leading buyers.
Last night, at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Bushranger’s first crop son (from the Polish Precedent mare Polish Belle, below) was knocked down to leading trainer, Jeremy Noseda (right), for 220,000 guineas (approx. $362,000) and follows hot on the hoof of other strong sales in the past month.
(The underbidder was Darley front man, John Ferguson, who purchased a Bushranger colt for €125,000 (approx. $A158,000) last week at the Goffs Orby Sale in Ireland, saying: “he was a fantastic specimen and looks a ready made 2YO”).
With a further session remaining at Tattersalls, Bushranger is already averaging over 50,000 guineas.
Ferguson’s view is shared by many: at the recent Doncaster Yearling Sale, Shadwell Stud snapped up a Bushranger for £90,000 (approx. $A140,000) prompting Shadwell’s Angus Gold to comment: “He just looked uncomplicated. He looks like – and his pedigree also suggests – that he should be a 2YO and he’s by a sire who is really stamping his stock.”
Another leading scout in Ross Doyle has long been a fan of the Bushrangers and was quoted at Goffs saying: “They (Bushranger progeny) look to be the physical standouts at present … they have Royal Ascot written all over them”.
Another who is more familiar with Bushranger’s stock than most – certainly from a dual hemisphere perspective is Eliza Park’s Phil Marshall, who inspected Bushranger’s Tatts topper as recently as Sunday: “a typical Bushranger ... he could walk all day long and definitely a 2YO in the making”.

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