California Chrome

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

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.


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.'

Classic contests dominated by Pharoah

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

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. 

Exciting colts look destined for southern duty

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. 

Marvellous Treve

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

Can Pharaoh found a dynasty Down Under?

THERE was very little time between the announcement that American Pharoah (USA) would be shuttling to Australia for the 2017 breeding season, and the news that he was fully booked. That’s scarcely surprising, given that he is the first horse to capture the US Triple Crown in 37 years, and the first horse ever to land the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic-Gr.1.

Pierro providing classic outcross for Danehill

While the 2017/18 second season fall into what might be a predictable order, perhaps the most interesting trend is, just as with So You Think and third crop sires, that the leader is a horse who is providing a classic outcross for Danehill.