Victorian stud manager Malcolm Boyd has waited 27 years to find a horse that could put his Bullarook Park Stud on the map, but if the reports about the progeny of European stallion Lucas Cranach continue, that wait could soon be over.
To date, Boyd's best performed stallion has been Monde Bleu, the sire of 197 winners, three stakes winners and nine stakes placegetters including Oceanfast, the dam of champion filly Alinghi.
"He did a terrific job at stud but I've got a feeling Lucas might be able to exceed that record," Boyd said.
Boyd started Bullarook Park just outside the western Victorian town of Camperdown in 1989 before relocating the operation to its current base in Avenel in north-east Victoria in 2002, buying the somewhat run-down Glen Appin Stud and restoring it to a working thoroughbred farm.
"He was an exceptional racehorse, a super athlete."
"The area around Avenel and Nagambie is proving to be the best thoroughbred country in Victoria, it made sense to make the move even though there has been a lot of work involved in it. It's been a real journey over the last 14 years but it might be about to pay off," Boyd said.
Much of Boyd's confidence is hitched to German-bred stallion Lucas Cranach, a horse that burst onto the Australian racing scene lik...