Team enjoying their Bullrush
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.’’