Benham has been training standardbreds since December 1992, and rated Hurrikane Special as one of the nicest three-year-old fillies he had conditioned.
“She has a few tricks but adjusts well when taught, I sent her down to Donny Smith’s for a month so she could be trained on the Redcliffe track,” Benham said.
“When I used to take her there she would charge at the entry to the track like a bull at a gate, then Donny took that bad habit away from her.
“She’s only three and has a really nice future; like I said she’s strengthened up nicely and learns quick.
“I think I will win a few more races with her, I’ve got eight horses, including four racehorses – and she’s the best of them.”
Benham received a $1,000 QBRED bonus for Hurrikane Special’s triumph, and said post-race that he thought his filly would go close after her previous couple of runs.
“She’s seldom far away, and has had so many fourths and fifths but she’s now learning to kick on from that,” Benham said.
“She ran a good fourth at Redcliffe last start, and then then before that she had the race shot to bits when clearly in front at the top of the straight.
“Then she switched off and let them past her, and she finished fourth - that run told me she wasn’t far away.
“Perhaps Taleah’s (McMullen) drive was the difference; all the McMullen’s are very good in the bike but Taleah nursed the filly around the track real well - she really ran for her.”
Hurrikane Special drew three and her gate speed saw her in front after 50 metres.
That’s where she remained, pacing the 1,780m mobile in 2:15.6 (mile rate 2:02.6), with sectionals of 31.5, 32.4, 30.7, and 29.7.
Benham has trained three winners this season and 152 in a hobby career spanning 28 years.
He said the best horse that he and his younger brother Michael had trained was the 2001 Fake Left 15-win pacer, Slithering.