Team en­joy­ing their Bull­rush

Matamata Chronicle - - Backyard Banter -

Mata­mata’s big­gest thor­ough­bred nurs­ery.

It’s all about a race­horse of the same name that is de­vel­op­ing a fol­low­ing well be­yond the Tower Road farm where he was bred and reared.

Last Satur­day in Sydney Bull­rush took his record to five wins from as many starts with a plucky per­for­mance at Rand­wick.

The four-year- old geld­ing has a long way to go to match the achieve­ments of his cham­pion sire O’Reilly or close re­la­tions such as in­ter­na­tional Group One win­ner Star­craft, but he’s al­ready do­ing a lot for moral and teamwork back at home base.

Bull­rush be­gan life on De­cem­ber 1, 2011, one of the last born that year in the Waikato Stud foal­ing pad­docks.

His late ar­rival meant he was too back­ward to be pre­pared for the Karaka year­ling sales and after a cou­ple of in­jury set­backs, stud boss Mark Chittick de­cided to share him with his core staff team.

‘‘He re­ally was a long term project and so many of our team have put their heart and soul into get­ting him to the stage of be­ing a race­horse that I thought the right thing to do was to have ev­ery­one here in­volved in his own­er­ship,’’ Mark ex­plained.

‘‘He’s a horse that has touched ev­ery staff mem­ber at Waikato since he was born as so many of them have had some form of in­volve­ment with him along the way.

‘‘So one morn­ing I an­nounced to ev­ery­one that we would be giv­ing a 10 per cent share to the staff and it couldn’t have worked out any bet­ter.’’

Bull­rush be­gan his racing ca­reer with a trial plac­ing in late 2014 and he was then sent to Hawkes Racing in Sydney.

His first race­day start wasn’t un­til last Au­gust but the wait was worth it for the keen team back home.

He won on de­but at the provin­cial Goul­burn track and after a break he re­turned in De­cem­ber with an­other win at Wy­ong.

A mid­week dou­ble at Sydney’s Can­ter­bury track was the plat­form to take on stronger Satur­day class at Rand­wick last week­end and his fifth-straight win took the stake-earn­ings on his clean slate past the $100,000 mark.

‘‘He’s a horse that has touched ev­ery staff mem­ber at Waikato since he was born as so many of them have had some form of in­volve­ment with him along the way.’’

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