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Danbird Switch To Liverpool Farm
Due to the quarantine delays at Sydney's Easter Creek, previously Victorian-based Eliza Park stallion Danbird (whose 6 wins included 3 stakes headed by the Gr2 Pago Pago Stakes) will stay in NSW & stand this season at Murrurundi-based Liverpool Farm in the Hunter Valley. Danbird (Danehill-Fitting, by Marscay) was due to return to Eliza Park following a Northern hemisphere shuttle to Beechwood Grange Stud in the UK. Eliza Park general manager Shane McGrath confirmed: "Due to the uncertainties arising from the equine influenza outbreak & the logistical problems in bringing Danbird to Eliza Park, we decided to stand him in the Hunter Valley before he again returns to Beechwood Grange. Danbird is extremely popular & has put some lovely foals on the ground again this season, so it's disappointing for Victorian breeders that he won't be returning this spring. However he's much too good to leave on-the-shelf & standing him in the Hunter Valley makes good sense." Danbird was a $1.1 million yearling at the 2002 Magic Millions Sale & is a full-brother to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner & ill-fated sire Catbird. During the past 2 seasons at Eliza Park, Danbird has covered 190 mares & his 1st yearlings will be offered in 2008.