The Next Good Tact?

The Next Good Tact?

Bruce Stewart

24th July 2020

The ‘Tact’ breed has been active in Southland for a long time and it looks like the next good horse from the breed developed by the late Derek Dynes has arrived.

At Ascot Park yesterday, Tact Fergie  was taken straight to the top from Barrier Three by driver Brent Barclay and there he stayed, winning by a length from Tres Chic with plenty in hand .

Tact Fergie winning at the Winton Trials

“I think a bit of him. We sold the brother (Tact Major) for good money but I always thought this horse had more potential. He always felt as though he had a lot of ability,” said trainer Trevor Proctor.

Tact Fergie is owned by Proctor and partner Diane Dynes, and today’s win was special for the Dynes family. Proctor said all the horses are named after Derek’s grandchildren.”

“We named him after Fergie who’s four tomorrow. He was up at Starship Hospital with his sister Charlotte who’s eight and undergoing fifteen months of treatment. The Auckland Blues were there, Beauden Barrett and a couple of others.  Fergie managed to get the camera off them. He didn’t know who the Blues were initially. He took about two hundred photos in a short space of time and he was walking around saying ‘I work for the Blues.”

That is why,  offers from Sydney based trainer Tim Butt have been turned down to date.

“I said to Tim that I was struggling to let him go because he was named after a family member. He does touch a knee and he’d be better off over there. The farrier here has finally got him right but on a big track like Menangle and with Tim training him I imagine he’d improve.”

Tact Fergie winning with Brent Barclay – Photo Monica Toretto

The horse has also received a strong endorsement from the normally conservative Brent Barclay.

“Barclay doesn’t often say he likes horses but he said he liked this one. He should have said that about Tact Tama. I would have kept him round for a few races (laughter).”

Diane’s sister Elaine daughter Hayley had breast cancer last year.

“And now Hayley’s daughter Charlotte (Fergie’s sister) is in Starship. They set up a Give a Little page and it’s raised $100,000.  Hayley can’t work because she has to be in Auckland and she has two other little children, Fergie and Maggie,” said Diane.

Tact Fergie is out of the New York Motoring mare Tact Hayley who’s proved to be a broodmare gem for the the Dynes family. She’s the dam of Tact Hayley Jane (10 wins), Tact Lizzie (10), Spectactular (8) and Tact Major (14).

Meanwhile the long established Southland based syndicate The Southern Oddfellows Syndicate are looking for new members.

The syndicate has a rising two year old by A Rocknroll Dance out of the unraced Washington VC mare Judes VC.  Judes VC is out of the nine win Soky’s Atom mare Highview Jude.

The gelding, named VC Rock is in training with Ascot Park trainer Murray Brown.

Some of the Southern Oddfellows  Syndicate with Winton winner Miss Waikiwi

If you’re keen to join this well run syndicate contact Neil Popham of 027-229-5122.