Ken Bridge sires have Tasmanian yearlings
BRIDGE has been breeding horses for over fifty years, starting off
with a farm in Nepean river country near Penrith, conducting a stud
farm under the name of Castlereagh near Denman in the Hunter Valley
and more recently quietly following his love of the thoroughbred in
the Tasmania’s Launceston region.
He currently owns two sires, but they stand at
Paisley Park, a nearby stud operated by one of Tasmania’s leading
horsemen, Garry Dawkins.They are Seventh Reason (bay, 2005), a John
Singlegton blueblood who won a 1900m event at Canterbury by 2.5
lengths, and Hectorr (chest, 2006), the last grandson of the
awesomely prepotent Biscay to go to stud.
Unraced and used as a sire for the first time in
2014, Hectorr is by the speed prepotent Dieu d’Or (Biscay – Donna
Nook (GB), by Relko) and from Whirling Star (NZ), a half-sister by
Star Way to Ma Chiquita, the best 2-year-old filly in New Zealand
in1984-85 and later winner of the AJC George Main Stakes and runner
up in the Epsom Handicap.
Seventh Reason is one of the best bred sires at
stud in Australia, being bred by Singleton using Sadler’s Wells in
Ireland and Sunday Joy, a southern hemisphere produced daughter of
Sunday Silence and Joie Denise, by Danehill ex Denise’s Joy.
Seventh Reason has a colt in the Tasmanian
yearling sale out of the More Than Ready producer Southern Storm,
intriguing breeding. Singleton’s great racemare More Joyous is a
half-sister to Seventh Reason and Sunday Joy is a half-sister to
Tuesday Joy and Deedra, a Zabeel mare who went to More Than Ready
and produced Up and Coming Stakes winner and Breeders Plate second
A Blue Gum Farm sire, he has four first crop
yearlings in the Tasmanian catalogue. It also has three lots listed
by Hectorr, including a filly, lot 13, inbred 3x4 to Biscay.
They are in a nice quality catalogue of 133 lots
assembled by Magic Millions for theTasmanian Yearling Sale to be
held at Launceston on February 16. Every one of the yearlings
could compete at the $10million
race day at the Gold Coast.
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