Benstud Standardbreds have been going from strength to strength in recent years and co-owner Craig Judd is confident that will once again be evident at this year’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale.
“We have been breeding and selling yearlings for a number of years, but things have really taken off since we took over the former ‘Lynrose Stud’ in 2007,” explained Judd.
This year Benstud Standardbreds have 12 yearlings set to go under the hammer at the Melbourne APG Sale on Sunday February 2, while they also have four yearlings engaged in the Sydney Sale.
“It is without a doubt the strongest crop of colts we have ever had,” said Judd. “In the past we have had two or three standout colts, whereas this year we have about five of them,” he explained.
Among them, are a Rocknroll Hanover half-brother to All Eyes On Us, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Mendelico colt, and an Art Major colt out of the smart mare Morgan Abby.
The first of those to go under the hammer on Sunday is the Rocknroll Hanover – All Eyes On Me colt (lot.53), and Judd describes him as being “absolutely flawless.”
“He is a very nice type with perfection confirmation,” said Judd of the half-brother to last season’s APG 2YO Colt & Geldings Final runner-up All Eyes On Us.
Another who is sure to grab the intention of plenty of buyers is lot 168, a stunning colt by Art Major out of 10-win mare Morgan Abby.
“He is a sensational colt with a bit of the X-factor,” enthused Judd. “Last season I said All Eyes On Us was the nicest colt we had ever put through the sale, and this fella reminds me a lot of him.”
When watching the videos on the Benstud Standardbred website, I thought lot 157, a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of 17 win mare Mendelico, was an absolute standout, and Judd was quick to agree.
“He is a tremendous colt with all the attributes needed to be a top-liner,” said Judd. “He is big and strong and has a super pedigree to boot, he really is the full package,” he added.
But, while Benstud Standardbreds has a stellar draft of colts, they also have a few cracking fillies, including a Mach Three full-sister to multiple Group One winner Fly Like An Eagle and an Art Major three-quarter sister to Victorian Cup winner For A Reason.
“They are a couple of really nice fillies, with super breeding, so I am expecting very big things from them as well.
When asked if there were was a ‘smokey’ in his draft that could slip under the radar of buyers and offer some value for money, Judd said that it could be lot 9, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of Sassy Gert.
“Her dam was unraced because she fell off the float at the yearling sales and injured herself badly, but she is a half-sister to top mare Sassy Sarah ($445,866).
“And the yearlings out of La Bella Rufus (half to Young Rufus) and My Spirit Of Tara could be in a similar boat.”
“They both had two-year-old go nicely in the Trialling Sale at Menangle in Decemeber.”
Other yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds will offer at the Melbourne APG Sale include an Art Major – Tika Filly, a Rocknroll Hanover – Bendall Rose (10 wins) colt, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Monica Stride filly, and a Sportswriter half-sister to South Australian superstar Come On Frank.
Meanwhile, Judd is also excited about a couple of yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds are offering at the Sydney APG Sale.
“We have an Art Major half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling and star three-year-old Bling It On, as well as a Rocknoll Hanover half-brother to Rocknrolla.”
Of the 13 yearling that Benstud Standardbreds offered at last year’s APG Sale, 9 of them have already won a race or a trial.
“It’s pretty good going when you consider we are only two months into the two-year-old season, said Judd, in what was a huge understatement.
“I’m just hopeful the yearlings this year will do a similar job.”
Smart types Benstud Standardbreds have produced in the past include Philadelphia Man, Soho Valencia, Bellas Delight, Fly Like An Eagle, Come On Frank, All Eyes On Us, and of course last season’s star two-year-old Bling It On. The only question is who will be the next one?
Judd said that all the yearlings being sold at the Melbourne APG Sale will be at the Inglis Sale Complex tomorrow and everyone is welcome to go and view them.
To View pictures and videos of the yearlings on offer visit the Benstud Standardbred website.
By Mitchell Robertson
3189 Labuan Road, Katunga, Victoria. 3640
(30 mins. north of Shepparton)
Telephone: (03) 5865 8273
Fax: (03) 5865 8238
Peter Judd 0419 320 062 or Craig Judd 0458 658 273
25th January 2014
A week out from the sales and the inquiries are starting to increase, I’m anticipating that it will be a good sale but have been disappointed before. We are ecstatic with the condition of all of our yearlings and the feedback from the videos has been fantastic. I thought the TALE OF THE TAPE might be of interest to everyone. At the start of the yearling prep we weighed and measured all of the yearlings and I’ve found it interesting to watch their progression …The 1st weigh in was on the 1/12/13 and final was 21/1/14
ALL EYES ON ME
WAS: 15 HANDS/370 KG
NOW: 15.1 HANDS/404 KG
GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/34 KG
WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/360 KG
NOW: 14.3½ HANDS/402 KG
GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/42 KG
LA BELLA RUFUS NZ
WAS: 14.2 HANDS/366 KG
NOW: 15 HANDS/397 KG
GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/33 KG
WAS: 15½ HANDS/378 KG
NOW: 15.1 HANDS/411 KG
GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/33 KG
WAS: 14.2 HANDS/374 KG
NOW: 14.3 HANDS/410 KG
GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/36 KG
MY SPIRIT OF TARA NZ
WAS: 13½ HANDS/307 KG
NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/357 KG
GAIN: 1.1 HANDS/50 KG
WAS: 13.3½ HANDS/301 KG
NOW: 14.1 HANDS/346 KG
GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/45 KG
WAS: 14.2 HANDS/333 KG
NOW: 15 HANDS/367 KG
GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/34 KG
WAS: 14.1 HANDS/325 KG
NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/372 KG
GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/47 KG
WAS: 14.1 HANDS/286 KG
NOW: 14.2 HANDS/329 KG
GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/43 KG
WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/378 KG
NOW: 15 HANDS/419 KG
GAIN: 0.7½ HANDS/41 KG
WAS: 14.3 HANDS/354 KG
NOW: 15 HANDS/401 KG
GAIN: 0.7 HANDS/47 KG
The colts had an average weight gain of 38 kg & fillies gained an average of 42 kg… which is an average gain of .9 kg per day.