Bushrangers popular in Ireland

Eliza Park shuttler Bushranger (Ire) topped Day 2 of the Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale with a colt from USA bred mare Clever Day (Action This Day).

Emerald Bloodstock’s Pauline Marterer bought the bay colt for 75,000 euros from Torard House Stud.  That eclipsed the 64,000 euros paid for a Pastoral Pursuits colt on Day 1.

Bushranger (Danetime) was a G1 winner of the Prix Morny at Deauville and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2008.  He began shuttling to Eliza Park in 2010 after the Victorian based stud bought 50% of him from Tally Ho Stud.

His Wednesday session-topper was initially sold for 12,000 euros at Goffs in February.  His dam is an unraced half-sister to Mavoreen (Sir Cat) who won 7 races including the LR San Jose Stakes at Bay Meadows.  She was also runner-up in the LR California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

A dozen Bushrangers changed hands over the two days.  The filly out of Ribbon Glade (Zafonic) made 40,000 euros to the bid of Longfield Racing and the filly from Lilakiya (Dr Fong) cost 32,000 euros when purchased by David Redvers.

A colt from the first crop of NZ shuttler Mastercraftsman was next best on the Day 2 leader-board at 55,000 euros.

Tattersalls Ireland reported 413 lots sold over the two days and they grossed 4.81 million euros.  The average of 11,666 was up 7% and the median of 9,500 euros increased 18%.  The clearance rate was 87%.

“For the third consecutive year, the September Yearling Sale has experienced growth in terms of turnover, average and median despite this been the smallest catalogue in recent years,” Tattersalls manager Roger Casey said.

“Whilst we were optimistic of a strong renewal of the sale we have been absolutely thrilled at the number of buyers in attendance this week.  The diversity of purchasers and the excellent demand witnessed from start to finish this week reaffirms to vendors the strength of the market at Tattersalls Ireland.”

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