Henderson’s Persistence With Polska Prevails

David Henderson didn’t enjoy success on the racetrack as a part-owner of Polska but his persistence with the mare is now bearing significant fruit.

Polska is the dam of Catch A Fire, winner of the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday, and Seaburge, a talented two-year-old on target for the Sires Produce Stakes at Flemington.

Henderson bred both Catch A Fire and Seaburge and recently sold their full-sister to Tony McEvoy for $100,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

“Polska didn’t win her maiden with Gai Waterhouse but she was by Encosta De Lago out of a Group 1 winning mare (La Volta) and I wanted to have a try at the breeding game and thought she would be a good starting point,” he said.

Henderson was a lucky part-owner of Golden Slipper winner Sebring, his main reason for trying his arm at breeding.

“I’ve always been a racing enthusiast but had I not been involved with Sebring, I probably wouldn’t have been looking to buy mares,” he said.

“I have the services (to Sebring) so I thought I may as well make the most of it.”

Polska and Demanding, the dam of Washington Heights and Supply And Demand, were the first two mares Henderson purchased.

That number has grown to 10 and while not looking to over extend himself, Henderson is continuing to look to increase his mares.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying being involved with the breeding aspect of racing,” he said.

“I was up at Widden Stud recently looking at Sebring and the foals he has on the ground.

“It is quite a satisfying experience and one that I’m looking to continue.

“I purchased four mares last year and will be going to the sales again this season looking to grow my numbers organically.

“I’ve got no ambition to get too big, just keeping it at a number that is comfortable and works for me.”

Polska has a Not A Single Doubt filly on the ground at the moment and will be sent back to Sebring this year after missing to Hallowed Crown last year.

The Power of Passion