A loyal and committed member of the Victorian breeding landscape, Rangal Park Stud’s Eric Buttler is looking forward to another busy season breeding season ahead at his historic Euroa nursery.
Having stood the champion sires Keltrice, Palace Music, and currently Danerich, he certainly knows a thing or two about stallions.
Therefore, it is a great compliment to Woodside Park Stud that he has invested in Tosen Stardom as a shareholder to be a successful stallion in the future.
Buttler has become a great advocate of Tosen Stardom, who humbly states, that not only does he like the horse, but he feels that he has all the key ingredients to be a successful sire.
“He is a wonderful outbreed, and suits so many of my mares and their female line. It gives me plenty of room to move, rather than being caught in the Danehill / Northern Dancer trap. Tosen Stardom allows me to break out of that circle and introduce different and unique international bloodlines into my broodmare band, Buttler said.”
“There no doubt that there is plenty of substance and guts in his breeding, and the Deep Impact effect is well and truly felt all over the world. He is a global sensation.”
“I loved Tosen Stardom as a racehorse and what he achieved on the track, but I admit I really stood up and paid attention to him when he became available at stud. When I looked at his pedigree and his dual group 1 success, my ears pricked up.”
Buttler hand-selected five mares from his prosperous broodmare band for Tosen Stardom’s first season at stud.
“I confidently jumped-in in the first year with some of my best mares, and I am optimistic that they will produce the results I am hoping for.”
“They are a great bunch of mares. Either they are stakes-producers, stakes-winners themselves or young mares that have come from black-type pedigrees.”
“As I believe in the horse, I gave him mares capable of producing yearlings that the tough judges at the yearling sales will take notice of. Yearling that will be well received when they are offered through the ring.”
Among the five is the proven producer and homebred Keltrice mare, Seven Year Itch. With four runners for four winners, her progeny includes Punt Club, Seven Year Reward, stakes-winner Scratchy Lass, and Rich Itch, who has been nominated for the upcoming Lighting Stakes.
The Flying Spur mare, Aquada, who has also had three runners for three winners including the recent impressive Caulfield winner Turn The Tide for Cindy Alderson and The Astrologist, who after his outstanding Flemington win, will be targeted at Group races in the spring.
Rounding out the group is the young Fastnet Rock mare, Miss Haystacks, who’s first yearling by Rubick was sold for $170,000 to Mick Price, the Lookin At Lucky mare, Lucky Direction who is a half-sister to Jacqueline Rouge, from the G3-winner Northeast Sheila, and the maiden Savabeel mare, Savroyal, who is from the stakes-winner, Royal Sonata.
And not wasting any time, Buttler has already reserved three black-type related mares heading to Tosen Stardom this spring.
Sister Angel, the full-sister to a stakes-winner Heaven’s Angel, the Pins mare, Held Together, who is out of stakes-winning mare Stage Doll and the Savabeel mare, Cross The Ditch out of Rangal Park’s homebred black-type mare Sheila’s Star.
“It is great to see Woodside Park Stud investing with so much commitment and optimism into the Victorian breeding industry, and I know by being involved with their stallions, and supporting them with my finest mares, that they will, in turn, support me.”
“They have reinforced Tosen Stardom’s start at stud with high-quality mares from their private broodmare band as well as ensuring service fees are realistic and affordable for commercial Victorian breeders, Buttler said.”
“Along with the VOBIS incentives on offer, this supports us as breeders with quality stock heading to the major sales, and in time, onto the racetrack, giving breeders the best chance to achieve a positive return on their investment.”