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November 3, 2021

[Published Bluebloods Jan/Feb 2021]   One of the undoubted highlights of last season in Europe was the performance of first-crop sire Mehmas, who ended the year with no fewer than a record-smashing 56 winning two-year-olds.  TO put that achievement into perspective, the previous record holder, Darley’s Iffraaj, amassed 38 in his first season over ten...

November 3, 2021

[Published Bluebloods Nov/Dec 2020] The autumn in Europe has been very wet, with racecourse surfaces turning soft or even heavy. There is no doubt that soft underfoot conditions change the complexion of racing, not all for the better. Good horses defect from good races and those that stand their ground are frequently compromised to one...

October 25, 2021

[Published Bluebloods Nov/Dec 2020]  As one might expect there are relative few examples of horses bred in Denmark exerting an influence on international racing. There are, however, some notable exceptions. One from the latter part of the last century, the mare Rossard, was not only bred in Denmark, but was by a Danish stallion (Glacial, a...

October 18, 2021

[Published Bluebloods Sept/Oct 2020] GENETIC COMPATIBILITY BREEDING the thoroughbred racehorse remains an inexact science, despite interesting genetic research by professional companies. Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud since 1992 for Lord and Lady Webber, stated in an interview: “If you have the greatest stallion in the world and the best mare in the...

September 1, 2021

[Published Bluebloods March 2020] ONE of the most interesting developments with regard to genetics and the thoroughbred is the establishment of female lines sorted by Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), mitochondria being genetic material that exists outside the nucleus of the cell, and is passed on exclusively through the female line. The mitochondria have numerous vital functions,...

August 3, 2021

[published in Bluebloods JulyAug 2021] Designing Statistics: Sires Organized by year of first foals Ordinarily, consumers of data assume the statistical tables they’re looking at contain information which is both accurate and meaningful. After all, professionals working in this business want to know who the leading sires are not out of some vague or academic interest...

June 21, 2021

The champion mare who put Wilkes (FR) on the map   NEWHAVEN Park stud master John Kelly certainly hit the jackpot when his first crop sire Wilkes (FR) had a winner with his first runner in the spring of 1959. The juvenile in question was Wenona Girl and she opened her account with a 2.5...

August 18, 2020

CHAMPION sire Fastnet Rock’s nick with Zabeel daughters and with mares carrying strains of the three-quarter brothers Nureyev (dam sire of Zabeel) and Sadler’s Wells (particularly his son Galileo) is well known, but there’s another cross that has produced two Gr.1 winners. This is with daughters of Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 hero Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) who shuttled...



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