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Eliza Park Buys 50% Of European Gr1 Star Bushranger
Dual Gr1-winning & dual record-setting 4YO stallion Bushranger (Danetime-Danz Danz, by Efisio) will shuttle from Ireland's Tally-Ho Stud to stand in Victoria this spring following Eliza Park's purchase of a 50% interest in the Champion 2YO of England & France. As a juvenile in 2008, Bushranger notched 4 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts for the Coolmore-Ballydoyle trio Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor, including an extraordinary track record in the UK Gr1 Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket (a 2YO breaking the mark of current boom European sire Oasis Dream on one of the world's most historic courses) & a race record in the French Gr1 Darley Prix Morny (1200m) at Deauville (an event 1st staged in 1865 & previously won by champion sires Blushing Groom, Irish River, Machiavellian & Zafonic). Bushranger also won 2008's Irish Gr3 Anglesey Stakes (6 furlongs) at The Curragh & placed in both Ireland's Gr1 Phoenix Stakes (6 furlongs) at The Curragh & the UK Listed Windsor Castle Stakes (5 furlongs) at Royal Ascot. Tally-Ho principal Tony O'Callaghan enthused: "Bushranger is clearly the most exciting prospect going to stud in Ireland this year & I've never seen so much demand for a new horse." Bushranger's sire & ill-fated former Western Australian Alwyn Park Stud shuttler Danetime (European Champion 1st-Season Sire) covered just 3 crops in Australia, but produced 18 stakes-horses & 71%-winners-to-runners; despite his relatively short time at stud, Danetime would produce 27 stakes-winners (3 Gr1-winners) & 46 stakes-horses overall. Bushranger will stand for $11,000 & Eliza Park general manager of operations David Somers declared: "It's hard to go past a Danehill-line sprinter these days & it's unlikely that any Champion 2YO coming to Australia - and a Newmarket track record-holder at that - has stood at such a lucrative fee."