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Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service 67 Brecht Street, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333, Australia

Phone (02) 6543 3051, Fax (02) 6541 1033 Email  FEBRUARY 5   2017

Ken Bridge sires have Tasmanian yearlings

KEN 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 War.

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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