Faith's Gust published: 06 Aug, 2014

JOHN MESSARA has always been one to think outside the square and perhaps that is one of the reasons the Arrowfield Stud principal has been so successful. A few years ago he took the bold step of sending superbly bred mares from Australia and Europe to Japan's super sire Sunday Silence (USA) and had them covered to southern hemisphere time between 1998-2001.


Street Cry's sons published: 14 Oct, 2014

BRIAN RUSSELL reviews Street Cry’s contribution to the thoroughbred breeding industry around the globe following the stallion’s death in mid-September and looks at his young sons who are gearing up to follow in his footsteps.


California Chrome published: 09 Jun, 2014

SYNCHRONICITY? Kismet? Or coincidence? Most media outlets have already related the story of how Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest trainer ever to saddle a Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 winner when California Chrome galloped off with the 140th renewal of the great race, had made his last trip to the Twin Spires as exercise rider for Cal-bred Swaps, the Kentucky Derby hero of 1955


I Am Invincible published: 10 Nov, 2014

GIVEN that, for all his merits in Europe, Invincible Spirit (IRE) (Green Desert-Rafha by Kris) was rather a disappointment in Australia, it came as a pleasant surprise to see his son, I Am Invincible (ex Cannarelle by Canny Lad) gallop away with the Champion Freshman Sire crown last season.


Australia published: 15 Jul, 2014

Federico Tesio, who many would regard as the greatest thoroughbred breeder of all time, once famously stated that 'the thoroughbred exists because its selection has depended, not on experts, technicians, or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby. If you base your criteria on anything else, you will get something else, not the thoroughbred.'


Multidimensional Cross published: 12 Aug, 2014

WHEN one thinks of the fine art of thoroughbred breeding, the word ‘India’ doesn’t readily come to mind. Yet this emerging economic giant has a well-established racehorse industry, with some intriguing lessons for breeders in other parts of the world.


Allegretta Founded a phenomenal modern family published: 10 Feb, 2015

With the news that Galileo has collected his sixth European sires’ championship in 2014 with progeny earnings of $US18.6m for the year, LES YOUNG takes this timely look at the remarkable record of his dam Urban Sea and second dam Allegretta.


Shortlisting published: 12 May, 2014

Watching the purchasing process that buyers undertake when they are at yearling sales is as much an observation of human prejudice and paranoia as it is of true risk/loss aversion.


Duporth & All American published: 08 Jul, 2014

DAVID BAY takes a look at two young sons of Red Ransom (USA), Duporth and All American, who created quite an impression with their first runners in 2013-14, as well as a grandson, Shrapnel, whose first yearlings will be offered at sales in 2015.


Identifying Sires published: 21 Apr, 2015

MOST leading broodmare sires of today were prominent sires of winners in the recent past and some are still active. 


Female factor published: 14 May, 2015

In recent articles in Bluebloods, I’ve written about the importance of the female line in thoroughbred breeding, most notably through the Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to superior females within five generations) and the work of Floyd Oliver.


Young broodmare sires published: 14 Jul, 2015

Evaluating broodmare sires is a precarious business at the best of times. Even more challenging is spotting a good one early enough to be able to act on the information.


Classic contests dominated by Pharoah published: 27 Jul, 2015

THE American Triple Crown fell to American Pharoah in 2015 and he became the first horse since Affirmed, 37 years ago, to achieve this feat. While he claimed the spotlight in the US, the European classics for three year-olds were certainly not a one horse race, although the dual Guineas winner Gleneagles certainly caught the eye.


Hallowed Crown, crowned prince of the Street Cry line published: 27 Jul, 2015

THE late Street Cry (IRE) (Machiavellian-Helen Street by Troy) only just missed heading the Australian sires’ table a few years back, and he has been in phenomenal form recently. 


Northern champions were shuttle visitors to Coolmore published: 27 Jul, 2015

THE shuttle system has been a great boon for Australian breeders, allowing access to some of the world’s great racehorses and sires. 


Exciting colts look destined for southern duty published: 07 Jul, 2015

WITH the calendar year only just over halfway through, it already appears that four of the year’s most exciting colts are destined to be at stud for the coming northern season. Golden Horn and American Pharoah, who is believed likely to shuttle to Australia for 2015-16, are currently the world’s highest rated racehorses. Gleneagles is the world’s leading three year-old turf miler and Brazen Beau, who will cover his first southern mares in 2015, is the world’s top rated sprinter. 


The Unenviable Role of the Egghead published: 31 Aug, 2015

In my considered opinion, eggheads get a bad rap. Some would say it’s not surprising I would want to bring that up for consideration. Yes, the shape of my head has been mentioned on occasion, but, like our President Obama when his signature Affordable Care Act was ridiculed as “Obamacare,” I’ve learned to embrace it. The credit goes to Sid Fernando, who would remind me about it from time to time after he took over as CEO of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants. We joke about it now. 


Cox Plate heroes from Sadler's Wells line published: 31 Aug, 2015

EVER since it was first run at Moonee Valley in 1922, the weight-for-age Cox Plate, a race carrying $3m in prizemoney and run over 2040m in late October, has been a stage for great racehorses and excellence at stud. Coolmore sires Adelaide (IRE) and So You Think (NZ) are Cox Plate winners from the Sadler’s Wells male line, but they each took a different path to the race before etching their names on its honour board of great performers.


The rise of DUBAWI published: 31 Aug, 2015

Whichever way you analyse it, there is no getting away from which sire is dominating proceedings in the northern hemisphere. With eight Group 1 winners so far this year – double that of his nearest rivals – Dubawi is without doubt the one to beat in 2015.


Marvellous Treve published: 04 Sep, 2015

ON June 28 at Saint-Cloud Treve took a major step towards the completion of a remarkable historic feat. 


First winner for turf star Gio Ponti published: 02 Sep, 2015

A first winner for turf champion Gio Ponti has prompted DAVID BAY to take this look at his sire Tale of the Cat’s young sons at stud in Australia.


Pedigrees prove the winning difference published: 01 Nov, 2015

AS SOMEONE who checks the pedigrees of metropolitan winners in Sydney and Melbourne each weekend, I have long thought there is something special about this time of year. The bloodlines become more interesting. 
  As the nation’s best horses return to the track for the Spring Carnivals, it seems to coincide with greater creativity in pedigree structures and strategies. In many cases, this is the winning difference: clever breeders who have got the genetics right in developing Group-level runners. Writing in the week leading up to the Cox Plate, here are my pedigree notes on some of our star performers.


Father, Son have first southern yearlings published: 01 Jan, 2016

IN A somewhat unusual twist father and son Dalakhani (IRE) and Reliable Man (GB) qualify as first crop sires with yearlings at Australasian sales this year. Both are French Derby winners and while Dalakhani was already a major international success before beginning shuttle duties to Cornerstone Stud in SA in 2013, Reliable Man began his stud career in the same year at Westbury Stud in NZ.


Capitalist strengthens Tycoon's line of credit published: 01 Feb, 2016

THE success of unbeaten juvenile star Capitalist and his sire Written Tycoon have revived memories of one of the first, and best, shuttle sires Last Tycoon (IRE). He was our Champion Sire in 1993-94 when his brilliant son Mahogany was at the height of his powers.


Beau Pere, where the legend goes wrong published: 01 Sep, 2016

ANY year, then or now, where a stallion is represented by winners of such races as the Caulfield Cup and The Metropolitan as well as 11 quality weight-for-age contests in Sydney and Melbourne including the Craven Plate, W.S. Cox Plate, L.K.S. Mackinnon Stakes and Rawson Stakes is going to be a very good year for that stallion.


Gr1 Double highlights Choisir's value published: 31 Mar, 2017

CHAMPION sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Great Selection by Lunchtime (GB)) has always been one of the quiet achievers on the Coolmore roster and his stud fee has never climbed beyond $35,750 (2009, 2010). Which is remarkable, given his exceptional stud record as the sire of more than 900 winners of $88m, 77 of them, or 5.4% of his starters, stakes winners.


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