Multidimensional Cross

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.

Female factor

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.

Pedigrees prove the winning difference

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.