Master horseman Greg Bennett’s new South East Queensland breaking and pre-training operation has been entrusted with the handling of Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ latest crop of yearlings.
Greg is best known for his highly successful training career out of Scone, but in early days he was a horse breaker extraordinaire and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva was just one of thousands of horses he broke in.
These days he is establishing a breaking and pre-training operation at Canungra in the hinterland outside the Gold Coast and three yearlings from Ontrack Thoroughbreds this week began their breaking in under his experienced eye.
“Greg’s arrival in South East Queensland will be a major boost to resources available to owners and trainers in the region,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“He is a great horseman and his experience and skills will ensure young thoroughbreds get the best possible start to their racing journeys.
“Arguably, the breaker is the most important component in the process of preparing a young horse to be a racehorse, and Greg has few peers when it comes to the art of horse breaking.
“He's broken in thousands during his 30-year career. As well as Makybe Diva, Golden Slipper winner Ha Ha was broken in by Greg, and his other better graduates have included Typhoon Tracey, All Silent, Danni Martine, Bollinger, Royal Code, Storm, Chuckle, Stylish Bow and Zephyrz.
“We have sent our yearlings by Spirit of Boom, Epaulette and Dissident to Greg and they’re flying through the breaking process,” said Grant Morgan.
Greg Bennett has leased a Canungra property and will break in and pretrain for a number of Queensland and New South Wales stables.
“I broke in thousands of horses when I was fulltime breaking in horses and the training side started when a lot of horses that I had sent to Sydney or Melbourne stables were being returned to me when they didn’t measure up.
“In total I trained nearly 500 winners from my Scone base and I was keen to get back working with young horses when this property became available.
"It is getting back to where I started – educating horses, which I love. I really only fell into training and it has been good to me.
"I will be working closely with trainers, and the most enjoyable part will be working with the horses and getting the best out of them before they go racing,” said Greg Bennett.