Majestic Man has now won five on end for Phil Williamson and his large group of owners.

Trotting enthusiast Neil Bennett has raced some pretty good horses over the years but Majestic Man is looking like easily the best of them.

A winner of the G2 Sires Stakes 2YO Trotting Championship and presently his last five races on end, the latest in the G2 Southern Lights last Saturday where he clearly out pointed Kings Landing, the four-year-old Majestic Man is now setting his sights on the Rowe Cup.

The latter is a race won by Majestic Man’s third dam Gee du Jour in 1991 and there will be no surprises if the gelding adds his name to the honour roll.

Fair to say though the family’s been through some ups and downs between Gee du Jour and Majestic Man and Bennett needed a bit of faith to stay in and get to where he is today.

Majestic Man, a half-brother to a good but unsound trotter in Sol Invictus, is the fifth foal and fourth winner from Love Hate Revenge, a daughter of Holdonmyheart who won just the one race from 57 starts.

She was the first foal from an exceptional youngster in Gees Pride, an unbelievably disappointing broodmare with four winners from 11 foals with the best of them being two-time winner Notre Dame.

There would have been some optimism when Bennett got involved in the syndicate which secured Love Hate Revenge from the Inter Dominion yearling sale in 2003, but the more that time went by, the more that hope would have turned to disappointment and scepticism.

Love Hate Revenge turned things around with her first foal proving to be Sol Invictus, but there wasn’t much encouragement from the family in the decade between her purchase and the first win by him.

The family really has been full of surprises and most of them have not been good.

There were no real surprises when Gee du Jour proved a top trotting mare.

She was by a son of Meadow Skipper in Plat du Jour, but he was from a trotting-bred mare and he sired 66 trotting winners from a total of 250 New Zealand-bred performers.

Gee du Jour was also from a nice trotting mare by Johnny Gee in Geena, who won six races for Pat O’Reilly jnr, while also coming from a maternal line of mares by trotters Court Martial (by Light Brigade), Highland Kilt (U Scott), Wrack (Peter The Great) and Guy Parrish (Guy Axworthy).

This was very nice trotting blood indeed and Geena would also produce a handy trotting mare in Miss Whizz (4 NZ wins), who wound up in Australia and produced I Didn’t Do It (25 Aus wins, $455,000).

The latter was a four-time Group 1 winner including the Grand Prix where he downed Sundons Gift.

Geena was also a half-sister to Gamena (6 NZ wins), who was sold to America where he trotted in 1.59.2 in the 80s, while a bit further back in the maternal line was another solid trotter in Ingenuity (6 NZ wins).

This was not a very well known family but it was late getting started and very light on numbers at the point when Gee du Jour came along.

She also produced a good sort in Montrose Kid (5 NZ & 14 Aus wins, $155,000), but two other daughters were of little account on the track and at stud.

Gees Pride was the first foal from Gee du Jour and she had tongues wagging when she won her debut at Addington by seven lengths in New Zealand record time in February.

Three months later Gees Pride lowered that record by four seconds when she won the Trotting Stakes by three lengths over Solar Fire and Cabaletta.

She won the Sires Stakes Trotters Championship in Auckland the next year, but the career of Gees Pride was in a downward spiral and by the time the dust had settled on her broodmare career, the situation had become quite distraught.

Following Love Hate Revenge, Gees Pride produced two colts by Sundon and Dream Vacation and a filly by Muscles Yankee.

They are all raced but couldn’t win one, and it took Love Hate Revenge four seasons and 38 attempts to finally win one herself at Winton.

So Gees Pride had been given her chances as a broodmare and the situation never really improved.

Towards the end, Sheldon Murtha and Michael House pretty much gave Gees Pride away and they were no doubt rather pleased to see the backend of her.

“I actually wound up sort of buying Love Hate Revenge three times,” recalls Bennett.

“I was in the syndicate run by Mike Gourdie when she was bought from the yearling sales, and when that was wound up, I formed the Second Chance Syndicate to buy her.

“I did wonder at times if Holdonmyheart was going to be a weak link, but Love Hate Revenge has turned out to be the best daughter of Gees Pride.”

“She won a race for them when Regan Todd drove her for trainer Brendan McLellan after a stint with Andrew McPherson following on from House.

“Later she was trained by Eric Ryan for a syndicate which included his nephew.

“She would often run a place and we kept going all that time in the hope she could win one eventually.

“She’d looked quite promising as a two-year-old and we went to Auckland for the Sales race (won by Thanksgiving over One Over Kenny), but she flipped a palate there and that breathing issue never really went away.

“I did wonder at times if Holdonmyheart was going to be a weak link, but Love Hate Revenge has turned out to be the best daughter of Gees Pride.”

The first surprise about Gees Pride was that she was such a precocious early talent given she was by Pernod Eden.

He sired another top juvenile in the colt Our Super Force, but he was from an imported Super Bowl mare, and the rest of Pernod Eden’s best winners were older performers such as So Long Eden, Kipper Dee, Flakey Jake, Liberator, Meander In Eden and Rona’s Jewel.

Gees Pride had shown freakish early talent and in being from a top mare, the expectations that she would be at least a good broodmare as well were quite reasonable.

Instead she was a complete disaster.

Her Muscles Yankee daughter in Ms Universe wasn’t any better and no foals were bred from three other daughters of Gees Pride.

Love Hate Revenge has been good however and now Bennett and his fellow syndicate members are sitting on a filly foal from her this season which is a sister to Majestic Man.

Sol Invictus went through to open class with seven wins for Bennett and the syndicates and trainer House, the last of them at Addington where he downed Clover Don and Quality Invasion.

But he then went amiss while in Auckland for the Rowe Cup and wasn’t sighted for a year, which was a brief comeback and then he wasn’t sighted again for another two years and five months.

“When he did make it back again he was still on a pretty tough mark and racing off long handicaps, so Michael wound up taking him on his Manawatu sojourns.

“After some of those we said ‘can you get someone else to take him home please’ and he arranged his lease to Jay Abernethy while up there.”

The now 10-year-old Sol Invictus has won three times for Abernethy including one in Auckland for a good stake where he paid $51 last May.

Most recently he was third at Stratford from a 40m handicap and now Abernethy is looking at doing a deal to continue racing him in Australia.

Love Hate Revenge then had fillies in the unraced Somebody To Love (Monarchy) and Bet Pray Love (Sundon), who won twice.

Somebody To Love had a hock issue but her first foal is a “beautiful” grey three-year-old filly by Monkey Bones who is much liked by trainer Brad Mowbray and the second is a yearling colt by Windsong Espoir.

Bet Pray Love is also the dam of a yearling filly by Windsong Espoir, a son of Kadabra which House stood at stud before he died having produced just five live foals.

Love Hate Revenge then produced a speedy wee filly by Bacardi Lindy in Daiquiri, who won twice for Greg and Nina Hope before a 50/50 deal was done with Brad Williamson and she won two more.

Daiquiri was then sold to Queensland where she won three more races last year.

Majestic Man followed but a now three-year-old colt by Angus Hall didn’t work out so well and has been leased and a filly by Windsong Espoir was lost as a foal with a throat issue.

Love Hate Revenge’s filly this season by Majestic Son has already been named Majestic Love and Bennett is understandably quite excited by that one.

The now 17-year-old mare was left empty this season and now Bennett is tossing up the options of sending her back to Majestic Son, going to Love You or perhaps What The Hill.

“The Majestic Sons don’t seem to be that commercial when we could be looking at a colt for the sales, but What The Hill is a son of Muscle Hill quite closely related to Majestic Son.”

Majestic Man hasn’t exactly been plain sailing either having gone winless as a three-year-old, but things have turned right around with his form lately and the arrival of a sister.

“When he won the Sires Stakes at two it was a massive performance but it really flattened him.

“Then he got sick when he was coming back as a three-year-old and then he got injured while staying with Tony Herlihy in Auckland, so he was underdone going into those G1s up there.

“It was just one of those campaigns or seasons where nothing quite went right.

“It wasn’t a complete write-off as he was second in the Northern Derby and Sires Stakes and third in the Derby down here, earning almost 40k without winning a race, but it was still a season you wanted to turn the page on.

“It was a bit of a surprise when Phil (trainer Williamson) said he was going to turn him out for a freshen up after he’d won the FFA at Omakau and seemed to be going so well.

“But Phil was looking at the big picture and there’s a reason he’s been so successful.”

Majestic Man has been faultless this season and would have won his last six races but for being runner-up to Kings Landing on Show Day when he was trapped away on the fence and late clear.

He turned the tables in that respect at Ascot Park and is clearly now going from strength to strength.