While we eagerly await the first runners of Bushranger here in Oz, the Champion 2YO is well on his way in Europe with another pair of juvenile winners over the past two days.
The odds on pick, Ben Hall, got the ball rolling with a three panel romp in the Piper Heidsieck Champagne Stakes over 1000m at Haydock Park, while last night, Langavat, repeated the dose in the Brian Yeardley Continental 2YO Trophy at Beverley.
Making all the running at Haydock, Ben Hall lived right up to his short odds and put the issue well and truly beyond doubt over the final furlong.
Trained by leading English mentor, John Gosden (below), Ben Hall – named after one of Australia’s most famous bushrangers – is the first runner for King’s Best (by Kingmambo) multiple winner, Saasy Girl.
While 5/4 favourite, Langavat didn’t have the same buffer at the wire, it was an equally impressive performance by the youngster.
Debuting for the powerful Richard Hannon stable at Ascot last month, Langavat ran on well for third and was on the second row of betting a fortnight later at Goodwood, but unfortunately lost his rider.
Talking about favourites … Bushranger is well on target to capture the English First Season Sires’ title, particularly following on from the barnstorming finish for second by Riverboat Springs in last week’s Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom.