We are only 9 days into MAY but BENSTUD BORN & RAISED horses are on fire .


MODERN VILLE ..MISS DEVILLE / MODERN ART continued her good form with a solid 2nd at WARRAGUL.

Ballarat on the 4th was a great day for BENSTUD & clients with TARA ROYAL’S  1st foal recorded her 2nd win from 5 starts for the powerful AIKEN stable . In the same race MARYLEBONE ran a solid 2nd , she out of DAZED & CONFUSED the winner of $177k Marylebone is a ½ sister to GLORY DAZE & ROLL WITH IT. PERFECTLY IMPERFECT nearly made it a race to race double for the AIKENS . (STACEY ) as she’s affectionately known is the 2nd foal of APG Group 1 winner MACH AND ME we purchased this filly at the Melb APG sales last year and continues to improve with every start . These 3 fillies will now lock horns on Friday nights VICBRED PLATINUM HOME GROWN CLASSIC .ITZ SPORTZ TORQUE the 1st foal of TORQUE OF LIFE continued his good form running 2nd.

BENDIGO on the 5th was a day to remember . SOMEBEACH SHADOW ran a sensational 2nd in his 1st start and looks to have a future . The enigmatic and often frustrating HADRIANS PHOENIX trotted perfectly and was very unlucky not to bring home the chocolates for new trainer Bradley Barnes .The FINLEY butchers shifted the bold striding gelding over to the BARNES stable after the success they’ve enjoyed with VERUKTE PHOENIX a sister to HADRIANS and it looks like both horse and trainer are happy .ROCKSTAR ANGEL is the 4th winner of her dam ARTY ALICE a ½ sister to CHRISTIAN CULLEN . BENSTUD bred ALL IN YOUR HANDS had to settle with 3rd in the very fast 1.54 race . MR FREEZE.. TRAMMELL / ART MAJOR  beat the very impressive GARY QUINLAN trained gelding  STAROFSAHARA …SAHARA MISS / FOUR STARZZZ SHARK both horses look to have a huge futures and will also be racing on this Friday night in the colts VICBRED PLATINUM HOME GROWN final.STEVE CLEAVE finished the night off winning the last with BLUE SUEDE HOOVES he too is a homebred horse .

WICKED NIGHTS a beautiful ART MAJOR ½ sister to FLAMING FLUTTER $623K was desperately unlucky to not record her 1st win after doing all the work out of gate 7 to lead at Cobram , running a solid 1.57 she was pipped on the post. (KATIE) has improved lengths since joining WAYNE POTTER who’s horses are flying.

ROCKABELLA STARZ was the 6th winner of 100% producer BELLA AURORA , if she ends up nearly as good as older sister BELLA’S DELIGHT. ROB AUBER and his loyal owners are going to have a lot of fun with her.

MELTON on Friday night saw often maligned gelding MACH DORO win his 2nd race since a let up from injury. MILLY PEREZ was extremely unlucky in the GROUP 3.. MAKE MINE CULLEN.

MILLY PEREZ  ½ sister CHARISSA TEE  won her 1st race on the same weekend.


Pictured here is my gorgeous daughter EILISH with her favourite horse HECTIC. I was asked to clean the heavily pregnant and often cranky mare for EILISH because she wanted pictures with her before she headed off to her DEBUTANTE BALL .Doesn’t she look amazing? Eilish looks ok too.










The Princess tops ton

Group 1 winning filly Princess Phoenix, who was foaled and raised at Benstud Standardbreds, pushed her stake earnings over the $100,000 mark when she won the Shepparton Trotters Oaks Trial on Saturday (April 30).

The filly led from the outset and trotted a career-best 2:00.7 over 2190 metres.

Princess Phoenix is one of four winners produced by the broodmare Dodo Rocket.

Congratulations to Ash Haynes and the Payne family.

Tarin Kowt wins in 1:56


The highly promising Tarin Kowt, who was bred at Benstud Standardbreds for our clients Brendan and Anne James, came from absolute last to notch his fifth win in the Vicbred Platinum Country Series Final at Shepparton on Tuesday (March 22).


The 4YO gelding rated a career-best 1:56 for the 1690 metres with the last 800 in 58.7.


Tarin Kowt is out of the Artiscape mare Arty Alice, who has produced four foals of racing age for four winners - all inside 2:00.


ARTY ALICE IS A ½ SISTER TO CHAMPION CHRISTIAN CULLEN $ 1.25 million . Arty alice is a 100% producer having already left Beach shack $104k , earth angel $80k & rockstar angel $40k









AUSTRALASIAN PREMIER TROTTING SALES                                                13th  of  MARCH.
















SYDNEY APG Yearling Sales 27th FEBRUARY


Lot 219 Bay colt

Art Major-Im A Happy Girl

By champion juvenile sire Art Major. The 1st colt of Raith Memorial winner Im A Happy Girl 1:55.6 ($137,005). 1st 4 dams all race winners. Family of Harold Park winner Golden Gosling

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/XAaB3TEVnt0




Lot 224 Bay filly

Art Major-Indigo Breeze NZ


A daughter of leading sire Art Major. The 2nd foal of a Falcon Seelster mare. Grand-dam a half-sister to NZ Horse of the Year Elsu , Revonez ($264,670), Falcor 1:53 ($212,008) and to the dam of NZ and Vic. Oaks winner Copper Beach. Closely related to Breeders Crown winner De Lovely ($613,355)

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/dViUryk0kMg





Lot 260 Brown colt

Sportswriter-Magic Nights


By 2014 leading first-crop 2YO sire. Three-quarter brother to Hes Magic Red 1:56.5 ($116,212). Grand-dam Larrakeyah Lady Aust, Broodmare of the Year, dam of Safe And Sound ($995,606), Gold Rocket 1:51 ($393,387), Massarua ($282,692), The Good Times 1:54.4 ($200,639), etc. Closely related to NSW Derby winner Major Secret, Beauty Secret and Exciteusinthecity

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/O47YaAE69hE?







Lot 293 Brown filly

Mach Three-Princess Niffe


Daughter of champion sire Mach Three. Out of dual Vicbred heat winner Princess Niffe 1:58.4, a half-sister to 6 in 2:00 incl. The Quiet Village 1:51.6 ($417,494), Vicbred Final winner Maggies Son 1:54.4 ($368,604), October Son 1:55.5 ($158,707 and Bold Nello ($128,253)

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/iE5H-GM8sT4?



Lot 333 Bay filly

Bettor’s Delight-Tara Royale NZ


Daughter of world’s leading sire Bettor’s Delight. 2nd foal of 15-time winner, multiple Group 1 placegetter in 1:52 Tara Royale 1:56 ($125,294), a half-sister to Tia Tara 2:00 ($87,882) and Stormy Tara 1:58.6 ($64,080). Grand-dam Lena Dillon, a half-sister to Kelly Mota 1:53.1 ($265,301) and Hijack Harry ($116,392). Family of Fremantle Cup winner Power Of Tara and Sammy Maguire (Bendigo Cup)

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/_drpDPhAv7s





Lot 355 Bay/brown filly

Art Major-Arkabar

By champion sire Art Major. 1st foal of Qld classic placegetter Arkabar 1:59.6 ($81,189), a half-sister to 9 2:00 winners including Atomic Ark 1:54.1 ($435,113), Arkamigo 1:56.2 ($293,474), Arkareena ($130,305). Grand-dam Aust. Broodmare of the Year Ark Maree

Go Pro jogger vision: https://youtu.be/d3Xn0cH0s3M?







Melbourne APG Yearling Sales

Top priced filly at Melbourne APG


The Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale proved an unqualified success for Benstud Standardbreds.


Team Benstud prepared 18 yearlings for the sale, of which 15 were sold for an aggregrate of $613,500, an average of $40,900.


Undoubtedly the highlight was the stunning homebred Somebeachsomewhere-Art Shadow filly which realised $125,000, the leading price paid for a filly on the day.


The Art Major-Flying Pocketlands colt, prepared by Benstud for Adam Wilkinson and Partners, made $75,000, while the Somebeach-Arctic Fire filly, and the Mach Three-Three Eagles colt, both bred by Harvey Kaplan, fetched $70,000 and $67,500 respectively.


Another four of the Benstud draft sold above the sale average of $30,000.











Melbourne APG Yearling sales 7th February

Yearlings are now ready for inspection.

Please view our yearling page or click on the links below for further details.




Lot 10

By NZ champion Changeover, this filly ranks as a half-sister to three sub 1:58 winners including Aust. Pacing Gold heat winner Readyforreign (1:56.4). Their dam, Kaseba, is a sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Hexus 1:55 ($555,144). From the immediate family of WA Derby heat winner Winforus, Dream Team and Red Vee Hanover

PREPARER’S COMMENT:  1/2 sister by Courage Under Fire was sold at recent Ready to run sale for $50k she recorded a 26.6 final quarter . Relaxed easy going filly Very correct 







Lot 42

A daughter of Top 10 sire Courage Under Fire, this filly is a half-sister to two winners including Tas. Blue Bonnet winner Tanamay. The dam Montana Melody is a half-sister to five inside 2:00 including Delectable Dolly 1:56.7 ($136,788) and Deputy Dan 1:54 ($125,666) and to the dam of millionaire For A Reason


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Neat filly should make a 2yr old









Lot 59

A Courage Under Fire colt out of the metropolitan winner Presidential Ball mare Presidential Night, a half-sister to eight winners including six in 2:00 and four $125,000+ earners including The Quiet Village 1:51.6 ($417,494), Maggies Son 1:54.4 ($368,604), October Son 1:55.5 ($158,707) and Bold Nello 1:57.4 ($128,253)


PREPARER’S COMMENT:  Long athletic colt out of a very successful family







Lot 92

By Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major, this colt is a brother to the Breeders Crown placegetter Art Shadow 1:57.5 ($114,488) and a half-brother to the Bray Cup winner Christian Shadow 1:53.7 ($119,676).  Their dam Spitfire Shadow is a sister to SA 2YO of the Year and Southern Cross and Vicbred Finals winner Adams Rocket 1:53.8 ($287,784)

PREPARER’S COMMENT: Has got ART MAJOR stamped all over him , clean , athletic colt loves his work & food




Lot 106

By leading sire Mach Three, this colt ranks as a brother to the Breeders Brown, NZ Derby and Harness Jewels winner Fly Like An Eagle 1:53.9 ($699,419) and Vic. Sapling Stakes winner Mach Doro (1:57.1). Their dam, Three Eagles, is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Anvil Vance 1:57.8 ($450,729) and is closely related to Chokin, Changeover, Chuin, etc.


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Stunning colt incredibly athletic , fantastic nature and will mature into a really special type






Lot 117

A filly by the 2014 leading first season sire Sportswriter from an American Ideal half-sister to six in 2:00 including the George Johnson winner Ruffle My Feathers 1:57.7 ($189,063) and Mighty Aslan 1:58.8 ($130,978). From the family of the 2YO and 3YO of the Year Rip Van Winkle


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Clean going , free legging filly ( look at Go Pro Vision ) covers the ground like a good horse . Don’t dismiss




Lot 122


A Sportswriter colt from the Australian Pacing Gold placegetter Von Rita, the dam of smart Tasmanian mare Licinia 1:56.9 (1o wins from 23 starts to date).  The grand-dam Jarita 1:56.9 won 12 races and was placed in the WAQ Pearl and at the stud has left five winners including the APG Final placegetter Sterita 1:55.9 ($145,241) and the Vicbred Final placegetter McRita (1:56.3). From the family of top juvenile Von Trap and Fremantle Cup winner Sandy Bay


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Strong colt that is a clone of his dam . Big powerful shoulder & tough head . Will make 2yr old there’s something about this guy .





Lot 126

A son of champions sire Mach Three, this colt is a half-brother to the promising Zoey’s Boy (1:54.6). Their dam is a Fake Left half-sister to the Qld Nursery winner Two Eye See 1:52.4 ($306,703) and the NSW Breeders Challenge Final placegetter Oh Eye See 1:54.5 ($101,705). The third dam Jasmarilla was 2YO of the Year


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Kind , easy going fella that looks like a Mach Three . Powerfully build , enjoys his work hasn’t missed a trick from day 1







Lot 127

The only Christian Cullen in the sale, this filly is the second foal of a race-winning Badlands Hanover mare. She belongs to the family of the NZ Sapling winner Sir Clive, Posh Jaccka 1:51 ($486,380), Kaikoura Cup winner Franco Whisper, etc.


PREPARER’S COMMENT: This filly has developed more than any other filly during the yearling prep . Medium size with a huge appetite . Was very hot to handle when weaned but has come to hand beautifully .





Lot 134

By siring sensation Somebeachsomewhere, this filly is the first foal of the outstanding racemare Arctic Fire 1:51.6 ($394,262), she a three-quarter sister to the NZ 2YO of the Year Classy Filly 1:57 ($200,890), dam of Classic Line 1:51.6 ($513,816). From the immediate family of dual Breeders Crown champion Bit Of A Legend







Lot 137

A Somebeachsomewhere filly from an Art Major mare, Art Shadow who won 12 races, $114,488 and took a record of 1:57.5.  The dam ranks as a half-sister to the Bray Cup winner Christian Shadow 1:53.7 ($119,676). Closely related to the Derby winner Henschke and SA 2YO of the Year Adam’s Rocket


PREPARER’S COMMENT:    FLAWLESS . clean gait , powerfully build , fantastic temperament . I absolutely love this filly





Lot 139

A Sportswriter half-sister to the speedy Animated (1:54.8), this filly is from an Armbro Operative half-sister to six winners including the NSW Christmas Gift winner Barney Armbro. From the family of Ballarat Cup winner You Wish, Nature’s Boy (Edgar Tatlow) and Vicbred champion Lisdon Boy


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Big filly , good attitude may take time . Very similar to her brother ( Animated )




Lot 143

A colt by premier Australasian sire Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the smart racemare Bendall Rose 1:59.4 (10 wins), the dam of Run For The Roses (1:58.4).  Bendall Rose ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Sires Stakes Final placegetter Roses For Tash 1:59.4 ($115,188). The third dam Lochinvar Girl was one of the top mares of the Harold Park era


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Easy going , huge stride , covers the ground . Benny has a big powerful hind ¼ and fantastic shoulder




Lot 155

A Courage Under filly from an unraced Art Major sister to the NSW Country Championship winner Man Of Art (1:54.4) and half-sister to Its Girl Power (1:57.5). The grand-dam was a half-sister to eight winners including Blake Castle 1:53.2 ($265,498), champion trotter La Coocaracha, Coalmine Creek and Rivertalk.


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Really classy filly , fantastic temperament and moved outstandingly in paddock vision .




Lot 169

A Shadow Play half-brother to three winners including the exported Our Cullens Crown 1:52 ($422,987), Attorney Stride (1:57.5) and NZ Westport Cup winner Falcon Crown.  Their dam, a Western Hanover mare, is a half-sister to seven winners highlighted by Franklin Cup victor Attorney General 1:48.4 ($323,098), the Vic. Derby heat winner Crown Bromac 1:54.1 ($139,878) and the Vic. Youthful Stakes winner Cullen Bromac 1:55.1 ($131,616).


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Neat , correct colt out of an outstanding family worth a look




Lot 174

A Shadow Play half-brother to last year’s three-year-old winner La Force (1;59.9), being out of a half-sister to the Caduceus Club Cup winner Watchmefella 1:56.8 ($193,397). The third dam, Varney Hanover (by Albatross) ranks a sister to successful sire Vanston Hanover. Closely related to good Albion Park winner One Eyed Terror, Victoria Oaks winner Vixen Hanover, Gilgamesh (1:53.2), etc.


PREPARER’S COMMENT:1st colt out of the dam and comfortably the best type , very alert with a fantastic body





Lot 184

By the champion racehorse and sire Art Major, this colt is the only foal of the Group 1 winner and placegetter Fling Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423). By Badlands Hanover, Flying Pocketlands is a half-sister to five sub 2:00 winners including Mighty Flying Thomas 1:54.6 ($208,373) and Mighty Flying Mac 1:58 ($194,670). From the immediate family of Baby Bling, Bling It On and co.


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Absolute fire cracker , this guy is outstanding type & nature . Can’t wait to watch him race .




Lot 200


A colt by leading first crop sire Rock N Heaven, this youngster ranks as a half-brother to the Stakes placed House Hunter. The grand-dam Kathian Princess left the Hobart Cup winner The Grouse 1:55.4 ($188,340) and the talented Hank Stanley 1:57.5, while the third dam For The Future was responsible for the former star Tasmanian juvenile Not John and the Hobart Cup winner Future Wipe. The colt belongs to the same family as Beautide, Chip And Gale and so on.


PREPARER’S COMMENT: Powerful , colt with an alert eye but easy to handle he’s very correct conformation














Harness Racing Charity Football/Netball day

Well the Benstud crew were off to Strathfieldsaye on the 27th of September, for the annual Harness racing Charity Football/Netball day, who were proudly  supporting the Debra,CAH &NF-CTF foundations. They put on a great day with netball, football matches & plenty of activities to keep the kiddies entertained.

Benstud filled their very own netball team this year, who had a great day out making it into the semi finals,to only lose by two. With a mix of younger and slightly older players,it was a great sight to see,mums playing with their daughters. we all enjoyed a great day out, raising money for the kids & the Debra foundation which is very close to the Benstud family.

                                                                  Benstud Netball Team.






I cant forget to mention the exceptional three players (of various ages) we had represent in the Football match's and also the legends match. The boys played great and had lots of fun,not to mention their may have been some sore bodies for the next couple of days.

                                                         The three Amigo's.












                 Beninjurd/Well Said                                                           Flair for life/American Ideal



              Imahappygirl/Art Major                                                             Morganabby/Artmajor



       Our Southern Rose/Bettors Delight                                 Presidential night/Courage under Fire


           Three Eagles/Machthree                                                          Von Rita/Sportwriter


 Waltons Babe/Rocknrollheaven



               Arkabar/Art Major                                                              Hectic/American Ideal


  Art Shadow/Somebeachsomewhere                                              Indigo Breeze/Art Major

                      Princess niffe/Mach Three

         Tara Royale/Bettors Delight                                         Princess Niffe/Mach Three


  Arctic Fire/Somebeachsomewhere                                             Upton/Sportswriter

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