Peter, Judy, Craig and Renee Judd have been breeding and racing standardbreds with great success for more than 15 years, taking over the former ‘Lynrose Stud’ in 2007 and renaming it Benstud Standardbreds.
Peter oversees the day-to-day operations of the property, while Craig and his wife Renee are both qualified A.I. technicians and are responsible for ensuring the mares get in foal, along with preparing the yearlings for the forthcoming sales.
Craig is also heavily involved in the breaking in, pre-training and jogging-up of the horses on the well-appointed property. To complete the family involvement, Peter’s wife Judy attends to the paperwork of operating such a progressive professional business.
The Judd’s are no ‘Johnny-come-lately’ name to this business. At the 2009 Melbourne Yearling Sales, this father-son team had the unique distinction of selling both the top priced colt along with the top priced filly in the sale, then followed that up in 2010 fetching $51,000 for their Art Major colt out of one of the farm’s notable mares -- My Liberty Belle. The colt is now racing as Philadephia Man, winner of the Group 1 Vicbred 3YO Final and rated one of Victoria’s leading pacers.
In the ensuing years Benstud Standardbreds has been at the forefront in the yearling sales arena at both the Melbourne and Sydney Australian Pacing Gold sales.
In 2013 Benstud Standardbreds achieved the second highest sale average, and we prepared a colt which sold for $106,000, while in 2014 we sold the top priced lot at $120,000 at the Melbourne Yearling Sales, a colt by Art Major from another of our resident mares, Morgan Abby. We also prepared the second highest priced lot at the 2014 Sydney Yearling Sales in the Art Major colt out of Alldatglittersisgold which sold for $145,000.
The list of top performers bred or raised at Benstud Standardbreds reads like a classics date book. They include:
Fly Like An Eagle – NZ Derby, 3YO Breeders Crown, 2YO Harness Jewels, Kaikoura Cup, $756,092
Bling It On – 2YO Breeders Crown, Queensland Derby, NSW Sapling, Queensland Nursery, Queensland 3YO Futurity, Aust. 2YO mile record, 2YO & 3YO Colt of the Year, $726,822
Bellas Delight – Vicbred 3 & 4YO Finals and 3YO Breeders Crown, 3YO Filly of the Year, $394,505
Soho Valencia - Bathurst Gold Crown and Gold Chalice, $332,782
Philadelphia Man – Vicbred 3YO Final, $219,341
The Jamaican - $178,620
Eljaykay Phoenix – 2YO Breeders Crown, Vicbred 2YO Final, The Redwood, Tatlow, 2YO Trotter of the Year, $169,622
Niki No No – Vicbred 2YO Final, $111,615
Yrubla – Bathurst Gold Crown, $93,746
Schindler – $112,649
Benstud Standardbreds also own the top flight filly Bamako Mali, which they selected at the 2013 Sydney Yearling Sales. The filly has won nine races so far highlighted by the NSW 2YO Breeders Challenge and Pink Bonnet and $198,644 in stakes and was adjudged the 2014 NSW 2YO Filly of the Year.
Success breeds success. So to get that winning feeling, you too should become involved with Benstud Standardbreds to enjoy a short-cut to success no matter which of the major Australian yearling sales you support as a vendor.