His name is Latest Bentley but perhaps he should be called Last Bentley.
The gelding pushed his prize money just past the $100,000 mark with his fifth win for Kyneton trainer Neil Dyer at his home track last week.
The seven-year-old is the last horse out of Dyer’s handy race mare Mrs.Bently (Euclase x Truepenny) which raced 85 times for 13 wins, 17 seconds and 13 thirds to finish her career in 2003 with nearly $400,000 in prizemoney.
Dyer bred nine horses from the mare with the best of them being Pot Black (Bel Esprit) which won nine races. Bentley Tycoon (Written Tycoon) won four races and was placed 10 times in 49 starts.
Dyer explained that he made a mistake with the spelling of Latest Bentley when he named the gelding when inadvertently adding an “e” to Bently.
“Latest Bentley is the last one of out of Mrs. Bently and she is still producing winners which is good,” Dyer said.
“She won at Moonee Valley (five times) and won the Kyneton Cup twice but lost it once on a technicality and she has been the only local horse to win it in 120 years.
“It’s been a good story really.”
After finishing first over the post in the 2000 edition of the Kyneton Cup, Mrs. Bently was disqualified after she tested positive to hydrocortisone.
“I thought it was a water based product but it was part of the cortisone family,” Dyer said.
“She was six then and ran eighth the following year in the cup but then as an eight-year-old she won it again, thank goodness.”
And Dyer still has Mrs. Bently, now a 26-year-old, and says she is going well and it’s good to see her last foal winning.
“He has done well and won at Ballarat last time in work and won at Kyneton this time and if there was an Adelaide race we could get to, I would probably look at heading over there,” he said.
“The trouble is we can’t go.”
Dyer can’t recall why he selected Host (CHI) as a partner for Mrs. Bently and suspects he was standing locally. Host (Hussonet x Colonna Traiana) died earlier this year.
“I have got another mare down here and she is a five-year-old by Host and hasn’t even had her first start yet but I’m quietly encouraged now that Latest Bentley is winning as an older horse,” he said.
“The mare did a tendon in her early days with another trainer at Mornington. She will be coming back shortly.”
Dyer said he still breeds the occasional horse but says it’s becoming more difficult to combine it with training.
But he admits it was satisfying to breed winners from a mare he’d raced.
In a twist, he said all the geldings out of the mare had combined to win multiple races, while the two fillies were a little bit cranky and didn’t win a race.
“The fillies were well bred – God’s Own and Testa Rossa,” Dyer said.
Dyer said they were concerned with Mrs. Bentley’s health several months ago when the capeweed was flourishing and she became extremely sick and blood tests revealed it was toxic poisoning which he put down to eating capeweed.
“We just kept treating her and treating her and now she is as fat as anything,” he said.
Dyer bought Mrs. Bentley at the Adelaide sales for $22,500.
“I bought a tried horse called Gently Bently (Kind Music x Truepenny) for $10,000 and he was only a three-year-old and he’d already won an open race in Adelaide and it virtually made him a class five or six horse straight away,” he said.
“So the people were happy to sell him as they’d lost a lot of opportunities to race.
“We bought him and he won that good listed sprint race (1993 Adelaide Casino Stakes) over the carnival at Oakbank. Dwayne Dunn rode him.
“When they next one come up out of Gently Bently’s dam, True Penny (True Statement x Toolern Gold), I thought I’m going to buy her and it became Mrs. Bently.”
Dyer estimates Mrs. Bentley raced at Moonee Valley 30 times and says she was probably in the money 23 or 24 of them.
“She loved The Valley,” he said.
“I wish I had her racing now.”
Dyer only recently retired Pot Black and is looking for a home for the gelding.
And he is regular visitor to the Darwin as he escapes the cold Kyneton winters.
He already has a horse – Chris Waller reject Kaonic – for next year’s cup, a race Dyer has won three times.