25 March 2019

The Botha family’s Benmarne Stud, a farm situated between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, was purchased by the late Ben Botha in 1985.
The farm is named to honour each of the Botha family – as Arne said in an interview with Robyn Louw for Sporting Post, “The name is ‘Ben’ (for my father) M (for my mother, Marie, who is still involved with the farm) and Arne for me. It was named before I got married and one day my wife (Elaine) asked but where’s her part in the name and my father said ‘see that ‘e’ on the end? That’s yours!’ I’m so grateful – otherwise I’d never live it down!”

From a relative small number of mares, Benmarne has produced some top class gallopers –notably 2016 G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Querari Falcon, and the hugely talented Monks Hood.
Now plying his trade in Hong Kong, Monks Hood (a R375 000 buy from the 2016 National Sale) won or placed in each of his 8 South African outings, recording wins in both the G2 Gauteng Guineas and G2 Dingaans in the process.

The farm will be offering two quality colts, headed by a half-brother to Monks Hood, at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

Irontail (Lot 28) is a  Pathfork colt out of the stakes placed mare Amber Bouquet –which makes him a half-brother to aforementioned millionaire Monks Hood. To date, Amber Bouquet, a three time winner up to 1400m, has been represented by four winners- from as many runners. This is the family of the multiple G1 winning champion Star Effort –among others.

Benmarne are also offering a colt (Lot 338) from the first crop of Galileo’s multiple graded stakes winning son Global View, whose relatives include none other than the breeding shaping sire Storm Bird. Global View has already made his mark with his first yearlings having already made up to R1 300 000.

This colt, already named Cochise, is a half-brother to several multiple winners, and he is out of the five time winning mare Don’t Blink. The latter, a full-sister to G3 Champion Juvenile Stakes winner Chinaka, and further back this is the family of top German performer Andrea II.