Higherthananeagle and Father Judge, who were impressive winners on Shepparton Cup night (January 12), were both born and raised at Benstud Standardbreds.
Higherthananeagle, bred by Harvey Kaplan, led throughout in a slick 1:54.8 (last 800 in 55.4) to notch his 10th win from 27 starts. He has earned almost $90,000. The talented four-year-old is out of Three Eagles, a very good producer by Falcon Seelster.
Father Judge, who was bred by Brendan and Anne James, rated 1:57.8 over 2190 metres and has now won three races this season. The four-year-old gelding is from the Christian Cullen mare Rebekah NZ, who has left four sub 2:00 winners from five foals of racing age.
By Peter Wharton