TBNSW Breeders Update Spring_Summer_2018 - Page 17



Striking It Rich!
“There will always be a
good reason for the cross.
I spend months looking at
the pedigree and studying
the stallion before I send
the mare away.”
- Howard Blight
“I use G1 Goldmine and other methods to look back through all
of the horses in the pedigree, about five generations. I see if I find
good horses in there that those crosses have produced,” he said.
“You’ll find that in most of the crosses I’ve got, there are good
horses, but it might be the second sire that matches rather than the
sire.”
“There will always be a good reason for the cross. I spend months
looking at the pedigree and studying the stallion before I send the
mare away.”
Sesar the best of Bendaree
Blight’s Bendaree Park at Appin, south-west of Sydney, is not quite
the hive of activity it was a few years ago. He has gone from 14
broodmares to around five as he simplifies things.
“Because our numbers are smaller, I don’t do the sale prep anymore
and I send them up to the Hunter (Valley) and prep them up there,”
he said.
Sesar would be the best horse he has bred, but Bendaree Park
alumni include G2 WA Oaks winner Superior Star (Nothin’ Leica
Dane) as well as multiple Hong Kong winner Flagship Shine (Tale of
The Cat {USA}) and the promising Flying Murty (Murtajill) who won
three of his four races in Victoria before being recently sold to Hong
Kong.
But he also has a high opinion of Birdy, the Dawn Approach (Ire) filly
sister to Sesar and Doubt Defying, who will be raced by Newhaven
Park with Brad Widdup.
“I haven’t been able to keep a filly out of Sarthemare. I would have
loved to be able to keep that Dawn Approach filly, but when you’ve
only got a few horses every year to make your money out of it, it
was necessary for me to sell her to keep paying the bills,” he said.
“That pedigree is a marvellous pedigree. That should be a good
racehorse because there are some wonderful crosses in that
pedigree. She’s a really lovely horse, I’d be surprised if she doesn’t
do something at the racetrack as well.”
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