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B R E E D I N G & R A C I N G M A G A Z I N E BREEDING RACING I S S U E 1 0 0 O C T N O V 2 0 1 1 ISSUE 100 OCT NOV 2011 ISSN 1444-4593 PP 255003 05323 RRP AUST 15.95 (incl. GST) NZ 17.95 (incl. GST) BREEDING RACING SPECIAL ISSUE key contacts at breeding&racing editor-in-chief Gary Knowles gknowles breedingracing.com editor-at-Large Renee Geelen dekabat optusnet.com.au advertising Manager Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 hotmail.com staff Writer Merissa Borg art director Helen Fong designers Louise Summerton Luke Gover Stephanie Blandin de Chalian chief Photographer Steve Hart Photographers Mark Gatt & Bruno Cannatelli Production Manager Victoria Hordern adVertising inQUiries Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 hotmail.com Ph 0413 112 020 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 editoriaL distribUtion & sUbscriPtion Gary Knowles gknowles breedingracing.com Ph 61 2 8204 1007 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 ProdUced & PUbLished by gadFLy Media ABN 86 066 598 427 Level 1 579 Harris Street Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia Managing director David Hickie Reproduction in whole or in part is not permitted without the written authorisation of the publisher. All reasonable efforts have been made to trace copyright holders. 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The publisher and the authors do not accept any liability whatsoever in respect of any action taken by readers in reliance on the recommendations set out in this magazine. 2012 Thoroughbred Website & Industry Directory www.breedingracing.com.au For FREE Daily Industry News Updates 4 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.bREEDINgRacINg.com TraDITIonal WeIghT myThs challengeD clImaTe s Influence on racIng performance E PAGE 6 E PAGE 10 DefyIng gravITy global sales soar ausTralIa s super gr1s The marquee evenTs E PAGE 14 E PAGE 20 reverse engIneerIng DeconsTrucTIng champs bevy of beauTIes classIc 3yo fIllIes E PAGE 30 E PAGE 42 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.bREEDINgRacINg.com 5 exposed Weight Myth Sprinters fare better with added weight Conformation expert Ross Brunt argues that it s time to review traditional weight myths. Ross Brunt. Analyst Racehorse Conformation and Biomechanics. Horsegears.com 6 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com R acing is bound by tradition and myth and much of the knowledge is passed exclusively down through family generations and stables. Valued information tends to remain under raps which can leave the average owner or punter in the dark. In this article we look at the subtly obscure theory of handicapping weight and assess its real effect on racehorse performance. Traditional 1.5kg per length The origin of weights handicapping is credited to England s historic Jockey Club steward Admiral Henry John Rous . He conducted trials with horses of varied ability and carrying varied weights and formulated a system that added a weight handicap to the best-performed horses. This allowed horses weight has more impact in staying races of varied ability to race on even terms. Roughly he estimated this testing than those originally used for the trials by Admiral Rous in as being 1.5 kg per length (depending on distance age etc). Along Europe. similar lines this was also promoted by the late 1970s punting 4. During the Eighteenth Century and during the Admiral Rous guru Don Scott and it retains its popularity among the majority of trials jockeys rode with the old-fashioned long stirrups and straight current day amateur rating punters and owners. back style. Soon after American jockey Tod Sloan introduced the So did Admiral Rous come to the correct conclusion that 1.5 kg modern style to the English. The great majority of English jockeys generally equated to a length and what s its relevance to modern day followed suite. Within a short timeframe and unprecedented in Australian racing Despite claims from American racing race times improved by 6% across the handicapping experts since horses are not magical board. This represents almost 100m per every creatures that defy the laws of gravity and extra 1600m. weight does have a negative effect on galloping In-depth scientific studies (Thilo Pfau THe TypiCAl speed. It is likely Admiral Rous a respected race Andrew Spence Sandra Starke Marta Ferrari handicapper was close in this estimation of the modeRn dAy RACe Alan Wilson Royal Veterinary College at the weight effect under the conditions at the time. University of London) indicate the motion of the oveR 1600m SeeS But the figure of 1.5 kg per length certainly modern style of riding and its effect on weight appears to be outdated and below I offer four moST HoRSeS RACing distribution during critical phases of the stride points of reasoning. provides the great wiTH CoveR unTil is what ultimately about by the jockeyadvantage. This was brought rising and 1. The Admiral conducted most of these tests AT leAST THe lAST falling in time with the horse s stride therefore in based on one on one or two horse trials. It is part isolating his own weight from the horse and 600m... reasonable to assume this format was likely to have restricting the dead weight of the straight back resulted predominately with the horses racing rider. without cover. Racing into the breeze increases This importance of reducing the weight force the workload meaning any weight variation while the horse is air born during the recoil will also have a greater effect. To appreciate how this translates to phase is paramount as any extra downward force at this time takes modern racing in Australia the typical modern day race over 1600m extra relevance as the horse remains un-supported by the surface. sees most horses racing with cover until at least the last 600m or The jockey riding in the modern style drops in the saddle during thereabouts consequently this is the only time the majority of horses this phase greatly reducing the weight load. The jockey rises in the are being fully tested by racing into the breeze. This effectively makes saddle only when the horse s forelegs are supported by the ground the races shorter and less taxing endurance wise. effectively transferring part the weight force from the horse to the 2. The modern day thoroughbred must have improved since ground. the days of Admiral Rous through improved breeding training Other factors that may work to the advantage of the modern rider and nutrition etc and is likely to now to be further efficient and includes improved airflow balance and reduced bouncing in the powerful. saddle. The racehorse being ridden in the modern style can gallop 3. Australia s generally flat and firmer tracks are likely to be less faster and have greater endurance by carrying less weight force . For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com 7 weighT myTh exposed (conT) modern take on weight The modern riding style certainly reduces weight force while the other factors may collaborate to make modern racing significantly easier especially from an endurance viewpoint. Consequently the effect of allotted weight must be lessoned meaning greater weight will be required to effect the same result. This supports the reasoning that 3.0 to 5.0 kg equating to a length rather than 1.5 kg may now be closer to the mark in the majority of races. For the sake of simplicity let s use the 4.0 kg per length as the modern mark. Those working off the 1.5 kg per length formula may be consistently backing horses with losing form under the false pretence that improvement is expected as the handicapper lessons the weight of horses lacking form (class considered). The effect of using either 1.5 or 4.0 kg per length can be dramatic for the ratings punter owner. All being equal the 1.5 kg punter owner may rate a horse 3 lengths or 4.5 kg from the top rated horse where as the punter owner using the 4 kg formula will rate the same horse 12 kg from the top rated horse. That s a rating variance of over 7.5 kg. weight scale by distance and age It is generally accepted that the influence of weight increases as distances increase. This may be due to sprinters possessing further strength traits such as levering and muscle mass that counter weight force and of course the longer you carry a weight the heavier and greater its effect. Therefore an overall sliding scale of weight and distance comes into play. The scale may also allow for the growing racehorse s increased strength as it reaches peak maturity. The following table may be used as a guide. distance Age sliding weight scale distance 900m 1000 1100m 1200m 1400m 1600m 2000m 2500m 2800m 3200m mature 6.5 kg 6.0 5.5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2.25 2 early 3yo 6 kg 5.5 5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2.0 1.5 1 2yo 5.5 kg 5 4.5 3.5 3 2.5 2 - Beware of the back-marker Although horses racing on the pace into the breeze and with improving fitness may be expected to show significant improvement this may not necessarily be the case for horses having easier runs off the pace. In a 1600m race a horse that comes from 8 lengths off the pace at the 600m and runs home strongly losing by 4 lengths may have appeared to have put in a promising run. But consider horses usually race in the same style each start. Pace will often have a bearing but all being equal at its next start with the horse again racing off the pace it will have to find an additional 4 lengths over the last 600m to match the winner. This required improvement over this THe effeCT of shortened distance of 600m takes extra relevance for weigHT undeR THeSe the back-marker when one [RAin-AffeCTed] considers that a racehorse has a maximum top end TeSTing CondiTionS speed. This means it may be a physical impossibility for mAy SignifiCAnTly the last start fast finishing inCReASe... back-marker to gallop any faster over the concluding stages regardless. This again significantly reduces the likelihood of the back-marker s potential improvement. Compare this to the on pacer who last start raced on the pace before eventually tiring and finishing 4 lengths from the winner. Next start the on pacer s improvement can be spread over the full 1600m meaning it has the full 1600m to find 4 lengths which only requires a slight increase in top-end speed every 100m. Alternatively the on pacer racing while lacking fitness may have further scope for improvement as racing on the pace generally requires early pressure and at times racing without cover either of which takes an extra toll on the unfit horse. In effect the on pacer may not even be required to increase its top-end speed. Rather only maintain its pace for a longer duration (home straight) which can be accomplished through increased fitness etc. These factors indicate that the likelihood of the on pacer s potential improvement may significantly increase especially if it s also better off at the weights . There will always be exceptions and acceleration is also a factor in gate speed. However when summing up the average type of back marker considering they generally show less natural galloping speed out of the gates all being even and especially in sprint races why would they necessarily be expected to show more speed at the end of a race Furthermore one may wish to vary the weight length formula depending on the horse s racing style reducing the figure for on pacers and increasing the figure for off pacers. Of course diligently factoring in the effect of pace covering ground interrupted runs course conditions and so on will increase rating accuracy. wet tracks and testing conditions As rain-affected going results in a dour going and the often associated windy conditions in an increased workload the effect of weight under these testing conditions may significantly increase. Therefore it may be reasonable to consider taking 25 to 50% off the kg per length formula. Using the table and taking 25% off the 4.0 kg per length over 1400m the formula adjusts to 3.0 kg per length. Understanding weight margins and odds over distance With distance in mind let s look at two horses of equal ability carrying 58 and 52 kg respectively. Based on the above table for the horse carrying 58 kg this results in varied losing margins of 1.0 length over 1000m and 3.0 lengths over 3200m as weight has an increased effect THe [ACCepTed] on margins as distances figuRe of 1.5 kg peR increase. However despite the increased losing margin lengTH CeRTAinly over 3200m it is reasonable to conclude that the odds of AppeARS To Be the higher weighted horse ouTdATed... overcoming the handicap and winning remains similar. The RoSS BRunT reason being that not only margins but form variance (and its increased effect on margins) simultaneously increase with distance. Therefore to an extent the increased form variance neutralizes the effect of the increased margins over distance and its relevance to which horse ultimately wins the race. h 8 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com I world class nutrItIon I world class results I Sustained Power is a unique scientifically formulated non-grain energy booster. Equi-Jewel is a high-fat stabilised rice bran supplement with added vitamin E selenium and calcium designed to support the nutritional requirements of elite equine athletes. A cool energy source for controllable power Enhanced with vitamin E selenium and calcium for rapid muscle recovery A unique low-starch high-fat formula to reduce the risk of tying-up and colic Research proven to reduce lactic acid accumulation for explosive sustainable race strength Feeding Directions For a 500kg horse feed between 500g -1.5kg of Equi-Jewel per horse per day in combination with current feeding program. 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Melbourne Cup Winners 2001-2010 Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 Winner AmericAin (USA) 2005 Shocking (AUS) 2005 Viewed (AUS) 2003 efficient (nZ) 2003 deltA BlUeS (JPn) 2001 mAkyBe diVA (gB) 1999 mAkyBe diVA (gB) 1999 mAkyBe diVA (gB) 1999 mediA PUZZle (USA) 1997 ethereAl (nZ) 1997 for dAily indUStry newS UPdAteS ViSit www.breedingracing.com ypically when talk turns to Melbourne Cup-type horses more often than not it is the New Zealand-bred horse that comes to mind. In recent times the NZ-bred horse has won only 2 of the last 10 Cups (2001 - 2010) but this does not stop them gathering favour with punters or trainers. Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has had plenty of success with tried New Zealand stayers for example Te Akau Nick Hula Flight Electronic Coco Cobanna Descarado and Herculian Prince. Her husband and well-known racing identity Robbie (who specialises in form assessment) has a strong belief that it is the colder climate in NZ that produces horses more suited to stamina contests. Quoted in the UK s Racing Post after Royal Ascot Rob Waterhouse says Australian sprinters are so outstandingly good because of the environment in which they develop. Australia s climate is conducive to the production of sprinters. Across the Tasman in the cooler climes of New Zealand development is slower hence that country s high reputation as a producer of stayers. Waterhouse also declares I contend that the view that Australian breeders have developed sprinting bloodlines and New Zealanders staying ones is flawed. In fact New Zealand breeders have been forever trying to inject more speed into their bloodlines. Along the same lines Kiwi breeders avoid acquiring dour mares. By contrast Aussie breeders would love the horses they produce to stay more most of Australia s valuable Group races are middle distance and staying tests. Among Australian breeders Oaks10 nce ma i stayer Efficient is a superb Kiw But can this idea of climate affecting stamina be quantified First we need to see if there is a correlation between race-winning distance and place of birth and then investigate further to see if the correlation lines up with the Waterhouse prediction of stamina and colder climes. As many Australians purchase staying stock from New Zealand there is an element of pre-selection in regards to their performance in staying races in Australia. Similarly many New Zealand trainers buy their 2YOs and sprinters from Australia providing some further fuel for the sprinter vs stayer idea. By combining the racing across both countries this should eliminate this pre-selection as much as possible. The use of stakes races will remove the complication of ability from the equation. Arion Pedigrees provided Breeding&Racing with all the stakes races sTakes-raCes bY DisTanCe CaTeGories location Distance 1799m and under Australian Stakes races 1800m total 1799m and under new Zealand Stakes races 1800m total 1799m and under All Stakes races 1800m total Gr1 85 55 140 32 14 46 117 69 186 Gr2 151 36 187 24 22 46 175 58 233 Gr3 182 72 254 46 24 70 228 96 324 l 481 139 620 108 30 138 589 169 758 Total 899 302 1201 210 90 300 1109 392 1501 % 75% 25% 100% 70% 30% 100% 74% 26% 100% Europe super-imposed over Australia for dAily indUStry newS UPdAteS ViSit www.breedingracing.com 11 climate s input into performance (cont) oriGin of besT raCe Winners distance 1799m & under 1800m plus total nSw 461 110 571 Vic 131 31 162 Qld 116 17 133 wA 83 34 117 SA 49 18 67 tAS 22 6 28 nZ 235 159 394 Act 7 3 10 nt 2 2 4 gB 0 2 2 ire 0 8 8 SAf 2 0 2 USA 1 2 3 total 1109 392 1501 aCTual versus expeCTeD resulTs distance 1799m & under 1800m plus total nSw 81% 19% 100% Vic 81% 19% 100% Qld 87% 13% 100% wA 71% 29% 100% SA 73% 27% 100% tAS 79% 21% 100% nZ 60% 40% 100% expected result 74% 26% 100% Just by looking at the number of races split into two distance major stud farms in each state and using climate data from the categories there is already a difference between the two countries. Australian Bureau of Meteorology B&R could determine some basic In Australia 75% of the stakes races are run at 1799m or less while climate figures for each state. The NZ climate data comes from the in New Zealand this figure is 70%. Interestingly the New Zealand New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Gr1 races retain the 70 30 split while in Australia our Gr1 races shift (NIWA). towards the stamina side of the equation with only 61% of the best WA s results are almost bang on average (71 29 compared to races being run at 1799m or shorter. 74 26). Thoroughbred Breeders Australia Honorary Treasurer and With a base established the Arion data was sent to the Australian WA representative Sally Oakes says the studs there are quite widely Stud Book who provided the place of birth of all 922 winners. The distributed within a five hour drive of Perth. Mungrup Stud is the accuracy of the place of birth data only goes as far as the state not biggest stud in WA and is probably the furthest away down south in the postcode but this should provide enough information to make a cooler climate at Narrikup near Albany. Oakes has horses there and some generalised conclusions. The postcode of birth was only brings her young ones north towards Perth in August so they mature introduced by the Stud Book after the faster for the sales. Heytesbury Stud Equine Influenza crisis of 2007 so is near Perth while to the north in the majority of horses in this data set warmer regions are Yarradale and It would be more accurate are too old to have this level of detail Durham Studs. This spread of studs to state that the dIfferent recorded about them. and respective climate differences Of the 1501 races only 29 went to dIstance preferences of progeny is presumably why the WA figures horses born in the ACT Northern reflect the expected result. from [australIa & nZ] are In spIte NSW Victoria and Queensland Territory England (GB) Ireland South Africa and America (USA). and their bias towards sprinter of the pedIgrees rather than Drawing a conclusion from such production all have higher because of them. small numbers is difficult so the next temperatures as well as longer daily phase of this investigation will look sunshine hours (and less wet days). only at the states (plus New Zealand) Queensland breeder Basil Nolan that have sufficient winners to provide the possibility of connection says it is economic suicide to stand a staying sire in Queensland between climate and stamina. the only time anyone wants to own a stayer is Melbourne Cup day The expected result is the percentage of races available at the two Nolan couldn t rule pedigree out of the equation but he concedes that different distance measurements. This table shows how the results for climate has an impact as well and it is hard to single one out over the each location of birth differ from the expected result . The majority of other. There is also the possibility it is more a training issue as the states in this table show a move away from the expected result with only WA and SA being near enough to say that they produce stakes winners in line with the ratio of stakes races. New Zealand shows a fairly strong swing towards the stamina (1800m plus) races which is notable since the data includes their entire domestic stakes racing. Queensland on the other side of the coin shows the strongest swing towards producing sprinters. NSW and Victoria also show a bias towards producing sprinters over stayers. And while Tasmania s figures show the same trend their raw numbers are too low to draw any decent conclusion from their percentages. So yes there does appear to be a loose connection between place of birth and stakes-winning distance. Let s take this idea further by looking at the climate data from each region most keen weather observers will tell you that the climate within each state is quite varied and after all each state does cover a large piece of land. With such vast areas of land to cover and many different microAustralian studs a sprinter-producing bias climates on offer there had to be some compromise on determining the climate for a state. By taking the localised region around the 12 for dAily indUStry newS UPdAteS ViSit www.breedingracing.com Crack NSW sprinter Northern Meteor reGional TeMperaTures Statistics mean maximum temperature ( c) mean minimum temperature ( c) mean annual rainfall (mm) mean daily sunshine (hours) mean wet days ( 1mm) nSw (Scone) 24.1 11 645.1 7.3 65.3 Vic (euroa) 21 9.4 650 5.9 81 Qld (Beaudesert) 26.5 12.6 905.4 7.4 70.4 wA (narrikup) 20.1 9.4 729.2 6.4 101.3 nZ (waikato) 18.8 8.6 1190 5.5 129 hotter climate at the main metropolitan training tracks in Queensland that it is cheaper to develop a stayer in NZ. Martin observes Rob means horses can t be worked as hard and thus trainers can t get Waterhouse has done well buying late 3YOs and early 4YOs from New them to stay. Further to this the warmer climate does seem to have a Zealanders who have put the required patience into them for him positive effect on racehorses that spend the winter and thus given a horse much needed time that spelling in Queensland as these horses appear to the lower cost may not have the same chance in Australia s more have an advantage during Victoria s spring carnival. expensive environment. of traInIng and On the other hand New Zealand s Waikato While it is difficult to draw concrete conclusions region (home to Cambridge Stud Windsor Park agIstment means from quite generalised data there appears to be Stud Waikato Stud etc) is cooler wetter and has enough evidence that Rob Waterhouse s theory that It Is cheaper on climate has some validity. In general horses a lower daily sunshine hour figure and a higher than expected ratio of horses that win over stamina to develop a stayer born in colder climes have a tendency towards trips with a 60 40 sprinter stayer split compared to better performance at the longer race distances. In new Zealand. However there are many further variables that may 74 26 opportunity. NZTBA s Michael Martin told B&R that he impact on this including where they were raised thinks climate and feeding regime are linked and feeding may also where they are trained what they eat their pedigree and even what the have an effect on precocity as much as climate. He acknowledges that people are like. The art of breeding a racehorse is not a simple thing Australian horses get a kinder climate but he thinks they are also fed and many factors go into the end result. more and it is the combination that produces an earlier type. It is Every location we looked at was capable of breeding both stayers kind of like growing an Oak tree it takes longer in New Zealand and and sprinters while we haven t proven that climate conclusively Martin says this patience translates into the people as well. Further impacts on distance aptitude the above analysis does offer food for to that the economic situation in New Zealand allows horsemen to thought in any event there is already a pre-existing perception that be more patient. The lower cost of training and agistment means it s horses for courses- irrespective of the reason h for dAily indUStry newS UPdAteS ViSit www.breedingracing.com 13 defying gravity Editor Gary Knowles looks at global thoroughbred sales results that appear against prevailing economic sentiment to have defied gravity and the likely implications for local sales next year. Fasig-TipTon rose 15.9% 14 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com TaTTersalls 2.805 million sale-Topper alfway through 2011 many breeders and owners were wondering if they should find another career or at least a different outlet for their passion. Confidence was shot. Period. Let s face it if anybody had suggested at the beginning of July that international sales across the board were shortly to do an aboutface from their seemingly endless retreat it would have brought out calls for the straight-jacket. And nobody would have dared put Japan forward as the location to start a bloodstock resurgence. History supports the notion that bloodstock purchases by and large tend to gyrate in tandem with stock markets. That s not surprising breeding and racing horses is ostensibly a luxury pastime. At the very least it requires discretionary funding and often lots of it. What started as an out-of-kilter sale in Japan last July has continued unabated all this despite bourses grappling with the ever-present threat of sovereign debt issues in Europe a US deficit that simply boggles the mind and high unemployment on both sides of the Atlantic. While Keeneland September appeared to have over-corrected to the Global Financial Crisis it is now headed in the right direction however it is Tattersalls October 1 Book that is truly eye-opening. Even allowing for increased production costs and continuing high profile success of graduates Tattersalls October has left the UK s Footsie (FTSE 100) index in its wake and then some... With Australia likely to experience a rate cut or two in the months ahead and an economy far healthier than our Western counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere there is much to be optimistic about for local breeders and vendors. Pending important court case judgments cloud the issue somewhat however if local sales take their lead from overseas which seems likely then our own summer might give us all something to smile about. Here s a recap of how events unfolded since mid-July Japan wiTnessed new sales records Katsumi Yoshida s Northern Farm. (The previous highest price for a yearling at the sale was 250m in 2007 while last year s top yearling was 66m.) Also eclipsing the old record was the 250 million (US 3.048m) for a colt by Neo Universe (out of Alzao mare Wind In Her Hair) during the closing session. The colt (also consigned by Katsumi Yoshida s Northern Farm) is a 3 4-brother to dual Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year Deep Impact. Despite the incredulity of many in the thoroughbred sector at the result and the understandable hypothesis that Japan was an aberration 5 weeks later that too was put to the test when the annual Fasig-Tipton New York Yearling Sale delivered an even more stunning result. H UNITED STATES Fasig TipTon new York Yearling sale Overall on Day-1 at Saratoga 49 yearlings sold for US 16 155 000 (up 9.5% on last year s 58 sold for US 14 750 000). The average of US 329 694 was up 29.6% (last year US 254 310) & the median of US 285 000 was up 25.3% (last year US 227 500). Following the opening session of the 2-day sale in a media statement Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning enthused It would probably be the understatement of the last 5 years or maybe the last 10 years of my sales career to say that we re pleased with the sales results tonight. Despite the adversity that we ve all seen (in world Leading agent nobutaka tada s gLobaL equine ManageMent paid a new JRHa saLe RecoRd of 360 MiLLion (us 4.39M)... financial markets over the last week) it demonstrates the resiliency of the thoroughbred industry the eternal optimism & the desire to own the very best horses in the world. We ve put on a brave face all week. Part of the job of the sales company is to provide confidence in the marketplace. We were certainly concerned but we did have confidence in the horses that we had here on the grounds. Headlining Day-1 s purchases Sheikh Mohammed s bloodstock agent John Ferguson paid top price of US 1.2 million for a colt by multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia D Oro (out of triple-winning 16-year-old A.P.Indy mare Supercharger). The colt (already named Superfection) was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency & is a halfbrother to 2010 Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Again acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Ferguson also paid US 1.2 million for a colt by triple Gr1-winning shuttler & US For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com 15 JAPAN Japan racing Horse associaTion sale The record reflects that Japan didn t just rebound it also created some unexpected new records with the 2-day Japan Racing Horse Association Sale of foals producing a new sales record a 33.2% increase in gross from 161 horses sold and a 11.7% average increase over 2010. On Day-1 leading agent Nobutaka Tada s Global Equine Management paid a new sale record of 360 million (US 4.39m) for a filly by dual Horse-Of-The-Year Deep impact (the 9th foal out of fellow Horse-Of-The-Year & Gr1 Japanese Oaks-Gr1 Tenno Sho winning Tony Bin mare Air Groove). The filly was consigned by DEfyINg grAvITy (coNT) keeneland s sales rose 18% Eclipse Award-winning stallion Bernardini (out of triple-winning The true litmus test would invariably be Keeneland s September 13-year-old Carson City mare Easter Bunnette) during the closing Sale if no other reason that the sheer quantity of yearlings on offer session at the 2-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale. The colt spread over 2 weeks of selling would settle the issue one way or (consigned by Mill Ridge Sales as agent) is a half-brother to this year s another. Gr1-winner Havre de Grace. Fittingly to borrow from US parlance from the git-go it was In the wash-up at Fasig-Tipton s Saratoga Select Sale 103 yearlings apparent that the buying bench had turned up to buy horses and to had sold for US 32 892 000 (up 1.16% on last year s 118 sold for pay what it took to acquire their targets. US 32 515 000). The final average of US 319 340 was up 15.9% (last Among the sale-toppers to make a million or more (stretching as year US 275 551) & the final median of US 250 000 was up 4.17% deep as Day-5) were a half-dozen youngsters. (last year US 240 000). In addition the buy-back rate dropped to Agent Bob Feld (acting on behalf of a Californian partnership 22% (from 28% in 2010). that includes long-time clients John & Jerry Amerman & Robert Summing up post-sale Boyd Browning declared I would describe Shel Evans) paid top price of US 1.4 million for a colt by former it as a damn good horse sale. We re very pleased not US Horse-Of-The-Year A.P.Indy (out of Deputy only for what it means for Saratoga in 2011 & in the Minister mare Malka). The colt (consigned by Hill i wouLd descRibe n Dale Sales Agency) is from the family of Gr1 future but also because it came at a very good time for all of our overall industry. Hopefully this will it as a daMn good Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver & graded help propel future yearling sales in 2011 which will stakes-winners Rhythm & Brethren. HoRse saLe. we Re lead to stronger November sales which will lead to Frank Stronach s Adena Springs paid US 1.35 increases in the 2YO market next year. All of our million for a colt by Awesome Again (out of veRy pLeased... markets are interrelated & strength & confidence are winning Unbridled mare Legs Lawlor). The fasig-tipton important to any marketplace particularly in the colt was consigned by Bill & Carole McAlpin s world that we ve been living in. Greenwood Lodge Farm & his dam Legs Lawlor pResident Perhaps even more encouraging than the Select is an Irish-raced half-sister to US 1997 Horse-Ofboyd bRowning Session (above) were the final figures from the The-Year Favorite Trick stakes-winner Cold N Preferred Session primarily because they reflected Calculating & Gr1-placed Medieval Hero. the depth of the sale s buoyancy in a lower tier section. Miami-based health care executive Benjamin Leon s Besilu Stables Cumulatively during the 2 days of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred paid 1.3 million for a filly by former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Preferred Yearling Sale 124 lots sold for US 6 725 500 (up 83% on Unbridled s Song (out of Storm Bird mare Lady Of Choice) consigned last year s 94 sold for US 3 676 000). The final average of US 54 238 by Gerry Dilger s Dromoland Farm as agent. The filly is a half-sister to was up 38.7% (last year US 39 106) & the final median of US 35 000 multiple Gr3-winner & Gr1-placed Multiple Choice. was up 16.7% (last year US 30 000). The final clearance rate was San Francisco businessman George Bolton paid US 1.2 million 67.8% (improving from last year s 66.2%). for a colt by Gr1 Dubai World Cup-winning shuttler Street Cry (out of Gr2-winning & multiple Gr1-placed Unbridled s Song mare keeneland sepTember Yearling sale Forest Music) consigned by Gainesway as agent for Stonestreet Notwithstanding the bounce the industry had witnessed at both Thoroughbred Holdings. the JHRA Sale in Japan and the Fasig-Tipton Sale in New York Benjamin Leon s Besilu Stables also went to US 1.2 million for continuing gyrations on global stock markets still left most pundits a filly by triple Gr1-winning shuttler & US Eclipse Award-winning sitting on the fence and doubtful that we were witnessing a genuine stallion Bernardini (out of graded stakes-winning Smart Strike mare sales recovery. Silk n Sapphire).The filly (consigned by Catherine Parke s Valkyre 16 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com KEEnEland vs dow-jonEs Keeneland Sept 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Stud) is a half-sister to 2010 Gr1 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account & the US 1.2 million price is the most paid for a yearling filly at public auction in North America this year. Florida-based Whisper Hill Farm s Mandy Pope paid top price of US 1 million for a filly by former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Unbridled s Song (out of unraced Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan). The filly (consigned by Hill n Dale Sales Agency) is a half-sister to Gr1-winning sires Roman Ruler & El Corredor plus Gr3-winner Silver Tornado. When all was done and dusted and the barns swept up the overall figures suggested that this recovery is real. Kentucky s 13-day September Yearling Sale concluded with 2 921 lots sold for US 223 487 800 (up 12.7% on last year s 3.059 lots sold for US 198 254 900). While the final average of US 76 511 was up 18% (last year US 64 810) even more pleasing was the final median of US 30 000 up 20% (last year US 25 000). Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson summed up Last year s September Sale created a sense of stability in the market which carried through the international sales community this year & really manifested itself here these past 2 weeks. There has been an optimistic energised feeling throughout every session of this sale. And Bill Farish of Lane s End Farm (who sold 335 yearlings for US 27 437 000 to be the sale s leading consignor) added We are very pleasantly surprised by the market being up pretty consistently throughout the sale. The decrease in (the size of) the foal crop lower production costs & lower stud fees have given buyers a new sense of confidence. With the buy-back rate down for the second consecutive year it was hard to hide the confidence and upbeat of some of the particpants. l Brent Fernung (Journeyman Stud) It hasn t been easy to buy it has been very competitive. It s an amazingly resilient market. You look at the numbers & all the numbers are up. You can almost feel the different vibe in this place. There is a lot more enthusiasm here. It all looks good for the future. There is a demand that s very vibrant right now. The supply is going to continue to contract & if the demand stays up it has got to be good news. l Ron Blake (Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services) It has been a 71 850 92 389 96 411 108 420 112 427 101 318 90 988 60 734 64 810 76 511 Dow Jones Sep 10 913 11 188 10 187 11 235 15 098 13 562 12 043 12 025 11 345 9 502 strong sale. There has been a lot more traffic (in the sale barns) than there was last year. I ve seen people who normally left after Book Three who are still here for Book Five. l Doug Cauthen (Kentucky bloodstock manager) There are definitely a lot more horses trading & there are a lot of buyers at all levels but I think you can still buy a really good horse for reasonable money. There are a lot of new different people here... l Francis Vanlangendonck (Summerfield) Last year or the year before you would bring horses in here that maybe had some issues & you couldn t give them away. But now there s somebody here to buy those horses. You re not going to get rich selling them but at least you can move them. And to me that s great. We ve been busy busy busy. We showed horses in the rain. People were actually standing in the rain looking at horses. I ve never had that before. People who have been in the business are feeling more comfortable with what s happening. They know that the horse they buy for X amount isn t going to be worth X minus next year or next week. That s because the market is leveling out & stabilizsing. It s not going to fall much further & people are ready to get back into the business. EUroPE arqana arc sale So far so good. But now the pendulum swung to Europe where protracted and ongoing concerns over sovereign debt issues have loomed as a cloud over bloodstock confidence. Even though tiny numbers are hardly indicative of a trend Arqana s annual Arc Sale (held in conjunction with the world s most famous weight-for-age event) continued the bullish sales market run. The 29 horses sold were headlined by Oceanic Bloodstock s Michel Zerolo (acting for Andreas Putsch who owns Haras de Saint Pair in Normandy) paying m1.7 million (A 2.329 million) for this year s French stakes-winning & dual Classic-placed 3YO filly Glorious Sight (Singspiel-Zelding by Warning). Overall at the Arqana Arc Sale 29 lots sold for m6 347 000 (A 8.695m) which was up 90.8% on last year s 23 sold for m3 326 000 (A 4.557m). The average of m218 862 (A 300 000) was up 51.3% & the median of m140 000 (A 192 000) was up 47.4%. For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com 17 DEfyINg grAvITy (coNT) TaTTs ocT B1 vs FTsE 100 Tattersalls Oct Book 1 43 076 55 238 102 796 119 509 127 396 127 298 121 515 113 365 107 445 141 852 FTSE 100 Oct 4 039 4 287 4 624 5 317 6 129 6 721 4 377 5 044 5 675 5 102 Overall 364 lots had been sold for 51 634 000 guineas (A 85.196m) Uk TaTTersalls Yearling sale up 7.03% despite last year s much larger catalogue when 449 sold For Europe the true test was always going to be how the annual UK for 48 243 000 guineas (A 79.6m). The final average of 141 852 Tattersalls Yearling Sale fared. And it didn t disappoint guineas (A 234 000) was up 32% on last year s 107 445 guineas In a stunning opening 120 yearlings sold for 18 148 000 guineas (A 177 000). And the final median of 100 000 guineas (A 165 000) (A 29 944m) which was up 22% on last year (despite 24% fewer lots was up 42.9%% on last year s 70 000 guineas (A 116 000). The final being offered). The average of 151 233 guineas (A 250 000) was up clearance rate was 82% which rises to 86% when the 19 private sales 48% & the median of 100 000 guineas (A 165 000) was up 52%. The totalling 947 000 guineas (A 1.563m) are included. clearance rate also improved to 82% (last year 76%). And although not relevant for the purposes of this study as a pure Australian interests lent a hand particularly at the top where Tom aside it speaks volumes that Book 2 picked up where Book 1 left off Pritchard-Gordon from Badgers Bloodstock (acting on behalf of with significant increases in turnover average median & clearance Australian Paul Makin) out-bid Coolmore s John Magnier to pay top rate. A total of 210 lots sold for 8 718 000 price of 800 000 guineas (A 1.32m) for a filly by guineas (A 14.385m) which was up 39% on the former shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo corresponding session in 2010. The average of (out of Darshaan mare Gwynn). The filly (consigned not even tHe 41 514 guineas (A 68 500) was up 27% & the from Ireland s Camas Park Stud) is a 3 4-sister to this median of 31 000 guineas (A 51 200) was up year s Gr1 English Derby winner Pour Moi. Most incuRabLe 24%. Importantly too the clearance rate of 85% The action on Day-2 of Book 1 at Tattersalls optiMist wouLd was up substantially from last year s 70%. continued in bullish fashion with increases in both the average and median plus an impressive Have pRedicted tHe Following Book 1 Tattersalls chairman Edmond up We knew that we had a clearance rate. Overall 123 yearlings sold for LeveL of tRade we Mahony summedfor Book 1 of the October Yearling superb catalogue 15 797 000 guineas (A 26.065m) at an average of 128 431 guineas (A 212 000) which was up Have expeRienced... Sale but not even the most incurable optimist would have predicted the level of trade we have experienced 14% on last year & a median of 100 00 guineas tatteRsaLLs at Park Paddocks this week. A record average & (A 165 000) which was up 41% on last year. Of particular note on Day-3 was bloodstock cHaiRMan edMond median as well as the highest priced yearling sold in Europe or America this year are impressive agent Charlie Gordon-Watson (acting on behalf MaHony statistics. In addition the outstanding clearance rate of Nurlan Bizakov the new Kazakhstani owner demonstrates the extraordinary strength & depth to of Hesmonds Stud in Sussex) out-bidding both the sale. Equally telling has been the turnover this Blandford Bloodstock s Richard Brown & Australian week which has surpassed last year s level and there Paul Makin to pay top price of 1.7 million guineas have been a greater number of lots sold for 200 000 guineas (A 330 000) (A 2.805m) for a filly by former shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner or more despite cataloguing 181 fewer yearlings than last year. Galileo (out of Irish River mare Brigid). The filly (consigned from To stage a record-breaking sale is always something to celebrate Mark Dwyer s Oaks Farm Stables) is a 3-4 sister to Gr1-winners but to do this in the current economic climate is truly remarkable Sequoyah (dam of 4-time Gr1-winning & dual Classic-winning & a welcome boost for the bloodstock industry. Our vendors have shuttler Henrythenavigator) & Listen. The price was the highest for sent us some magnificent yearlings & it is wonderful to see their a yearling in either Europe or North America this year & the highest confidence in the sale so richly rewarded. The real feature of the sale at the Tattersalls October Sale since this filly s 3 4-sister Liffey Dancer has been the number & diversity of buyers active throughout the 3 sold for 2.5 million guineas (A 4.125m) in 2007. days & particularly significant has been the contribution from new or Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale concluded with relatively new overseas participants at all levels of the market. h rises across the board for turnover clearance rate average & median. 18 For Daily inDustry news upDates visit www.breedingracing.com The Number One Choice With Veterinarians Fence Contractors Horse Owners and Horses The World s Safest & Most Durable Horse Fencing In a class of its own... www.horserail.com.au Ben Duncan Horserail Australia Freecall 1800 259 365 Email horserail bigpond.com. Horserail Patent No. 6533881 Spoolers Patent No. 6431487 Buckles Patent No. 7 566 047 SUPER GR1 RACES AUSTRALIA S Caulfield Guineas a sire-making race Subscribers to Breeding&Racing s Daily News have become accustomed to reading the results of every Gr1 race around the globe and there are hundreds. Gary Knowles reports. 20 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM The peoples race The Melbourne Cup ith Group race committees in place in each nation vetting the validity or otherwise of races that carry the Gr1 stamp nobody is quibbling with the number of Gr1s or their tick of approval to carry prestigeous Gr1 status. The argument rather goes to the sheer ubiquity of Gr1 racing that is available to thoroughbred fans the world over in an age of CASSANDRA SIMMONDS global television and online coverage. As the recent 45th renewal of The key defining factor for determining Australia s five best races or the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities underlined Super Gr1s are those races which add thoroughbred racing faces significant premium value to the Australian racing challenges to become and or remain and breeding industry. Be it commercial relevant to the general population. One HANDICAPS SHOULD NOT BE value to the winning horse itself for its way to do that is to establish a set of further racing and breeding life as well Super Gr1s that are used to brand and GR1s. GROUP RACING SHOULD BE as of course commercial value to the promote the sport at its peak level under ABOUT MATCHING THE BEST WITH pedigree AND public value through an umbrella marketing group by an generating optimum reputation THE BEST EITHER AT WFA OR SET august body like the IFHA. recognition promotion and awareness. Whether it is politically feasible or not WEIGHTS. Chris Bowe For instance the Melbourne Cup whilst is a moot point for the purpose of this undoubtedly Australia s most famous and survey. In essence the answer lies less richest Gr1 race is not renowned for its in analysis and more in what handful of stallion making potential (no disrespect races each year make us as individuals tingle with anticipation in their to Jeune and At Talaq). Our breeding and racing programs are focussed lead-up and or evoke extraordinary emotion in the parade ring before on sprint to middle distance events and therefore horses bred for these and after the event. distances and successful at elite level over these distances are the most Along the lines of different strokes for different folks what floats sought-after commercially on and off the track. one person s boat may not do so for everybody. That s the whole idea With this in mind in my opinion the five Gr1s of greatest there are no wrong or right answers so thanks to everybody who importance to breeders and owners are listed below. The winners put their views forward. Here is a selection of Top 5 Super Gr1s and or placegetters of these races have had a substantial long-lasting influence on Australian racing and breeding. CHRIS BOWE Golden Slipper Stakes The results of the world s richest 2YO race Australia s dual-season racing program of spring and autumn with are arguably the most influential in Australian breeding given our a summer hiatus means many Group races don t attract the best focus on sprinters and quick returns. A win in this race for a colt of the best. Spring is too early for some horses autumn too late. By writes itself a ticket to a commercial stud career whilst a win by the autumn the quality can be spread pretty thin with horses either a filly guarantees blue hen status for her life in the breeding barn. falling over or out in the paddock after a tough spring. Generally good performers in this race are sent to stud early providing This especially reduces the quality and the credibility of the plenty of breeding life to produce commercially successful sires and VRC and AJC Derbies both of which have been won by some very broodmares. Think Marscay Rory s Jester Marauding Canny Lad ordinary conveyances most of them geldings with little to offer as Danzero Flying Spur Stratum and Sebring not forgetting champion breed-shaping races like their Northern Hemisphere equivalents. fillies Burst Bint Marscay Merlene Miss Finland and Forensics. W Neither should be Gr1s. The VRC and AJC Oaks seem marginally more relevant but should be on notice. The quality of Group racing falls away once distances extend past the mile mark. So You Think is an aberration sired by a UK and US Classic-winning fast stayer and bred in NZ the exception that proves the rule. Handicaps should not be Gr1s. Group racing should be about matching the best with the best either at WFA or set weights not finding the best horse in the field and stopping it from doing what it does best so a donkey with a midget aboard can win a race and keep the bookies flush. The question should also be asked as why WA SA and Qld have races with Gr1 status that are run when most genuine Gr1 horses are spelling in the shade knocked up or between gigs leaving the field open for opportunistic trainers with hardy handicappers or minor group performers that wouldn t get a start in Victoria or NSW. Another distortion of prize money and pedigree records. I m not a punter and I m not involved in the industry - I m just an interested bystander who follows big-time racing breeding and bloodlines as an interest. My choice of the following 5-only Gr1s is unlikely to be shared because like Australia s bizarre racing calendar it is a bit of a pig in a poke with a logic skewed toward the breeding side of the industry Cox Plate The only true race of champions and would be a stallionmaker if Australia wasn t so obsessed with turning out sprinter-milers at the expense of quality middle-distance and Classics performers. Caulfield Guineas Once a poor guide to stallion potential in a Classic year but starting to produce winners who would logically go on to a stallion-defining 2000m race a la Kentucky Derby - if there was one. Golden Slipper A genuine stallion-maker which almost always features the best of a generation of 2YOs. Thousand Guineas Best guide to the quality of a generation of 3YO fillies and their bloodlines. Lightning Stakes Attracting the quality that makes it a genuine showcase for potential speed stallions. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 21 AUSTRALIA S SUPER GR1 RACES (CONT) middle distance race. It is undisputedly the race the best trainers owners and breeders all want to win. The substantial investment breeding giant Coolmore made in purchasing a majority interest in So You Think was made due to the strength of his rare feat in claiming consecutive Cox Plate victories. And we all know his form has translated into international success at the highest level. The huge influence of champion sire Zabeel on Australian racing is no more evident than the Cox Plate. Octagonal Might and Power Savabeel and Maldivian are all Cox Plate-winning sons of Zabeel with two having commercial stud careers and of course Octagonal being the sire of Australia s reigning champion sire Lonhro himself a placegetter in the Cox Plate. Other Cox Plate placegetters to have left their mark on Australian racing and breeding include Grosvenor Canny Lad Viscount Grandera Starcraft and new sires Haradasun Wonderful World and Manhattan Rain. Star filly Samantha Miss finished third in 2008 and was sold the following year for 3.85m as a broodmare. The 1980s produced winners such as Rubiton and Strawberry Road the latter an international star and sire in the USA who is still influencing racing as a respected broodmare sire. World s richest 2YO race The Golden Slipper TONY WILLIAMS I am unsure why people would say that a minority of Gr1 races are afforded greater respect. The black type committee has a difficult job in maintaining downgrading and upgrading races to or from Gr1 status. Some races are obviously sub-standard Gr1s i.e SA Goodwood Hcp Sangster Stakes. It is debatable from race to race year to year. A Listed winner is placed higher on a broodmare s record than a non stakeswinning Gr1 place getter however I don t know that it is possible to change that or even think of reviewing it. The only change that could be made is a horse that has no black type at all and has finished 4th in a Gr1 may be given black type status I feel the cataloguing system is as good as anyone can devise - however there may be smarter people than me able to come up with a so-called system that obviously calculates the status of Group races for cataloguing purposes. [My 5 races [with] Super Gr1 status VRC Melbourne Cup Obviously this race is Australia s most recognised race internationally and one that the world now wants to win there was a time in the 80s when it lost its way however the VRC has promoted the carnival and race unbelievably world-wide and elevated the Melbourne Cup into the league of the Arc Breeders Cup etc etc. MVRC Cox Plate Recognised now as Australia s most prestigious WFA race all trainers and owners want to win this race. Internationals also are [wanting] The commercial impact of a Golden Slipper win on a family s pedigree is priceless and the equivalent of winning lotto. Caulfield Guineas An established stallionmaking race with the finest 3YO milers early in the season. Who can forget the 1999 trifecta of Redoute s Choice Testa Rossa and Commands. The current top five leading sires in Australia by earnings - Lonhro Redoute s Choice Encosta de Lago Commands and Bel Esprit are all winners or placegetters in this race. Enough said. Lightning Stakes This weight-for-age sprint contest is internationally recognised as a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. In the last thirteen years alone it has been won by a who s who A list of sprinters who were are now commercial stallions such as General Nediym Testa Rossa (defeating Falvelon) Choisir Fastnet Rock and NIcconi (defeating Wanted and Shellscrape). Not to be forgotten are the non-stallion winners during this period in Takeover Target (defeating God s Own) Miss Andretti (defeating Magnus) and Scenic Blast all being international Gr1 winners and thus having a significant impact on the reputation of Australian breeding and racing worldwide. Ascot Vale (Coolmore Stud) Stakes Although it only achieved Gr1 status in 2006 this is the race earmarked by the key players in the industry as the one to win to launch a stallion s career. It has a long history of producing fields regarded as the best 3YOs of the season that go on to be crowned champion racehorses and champion sires and broodmare sires who have had an immeasurable impact on the industry s strength in producing thoroughbreds with brilliance and speed. The honour roll of past THE KEY DEFINING FACTOR... ARE THOSE RACES WHICH ADD PREMIUM VALUE TO THE AUSTRALIAN RACING AND BREEDING INDUSTRY. Cassandra Simmonds winners includes Vain Century Rancher Zeditave Encosta de Lago and of more recent times Ferocity Northern Meteor and Star Witness. Whilst placegetters include Testa Rossa Show A Heart Strategic Canny Lad Blevic Rancho Ruler and All American to name just a few. WS Cox Plate The Cox Plate has long been regarded within and outside the industry as Australia s most prestigious weight-for-age 22 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM First & Second in the 2011 Group 1 Epsom Handicap Both horses are fuelled by Sweetfeed No.4 Contact Greg Murphy (National Sales Manager) 0416 237 665 Tony Nutley (Queensland) 0412 559 590 Bernie Shortis (North & Central West NSW) 0414 933 508 Stephen Lamb (Sydney & South NSW) 0402 118 558 Chris Westaway (Victoria) 0423 779 391 Horsepower w w w. h o r s e p o w e r. c o m . a u Scan this QR code with your smart phone to relive the incredible final 400m to this great race. AUSTRALIA S SUPER GR1 RACES (CONT) to target the race as second only to the Melbourne Cup in Australia. ATC Golden Slipper First run in 1957 has become a breed-shaping 2YO race. Colts that win the race predominantly become hot property in the breeding shed and are generally sought after by the bigger studs and breeders. MRC Caulfield Cup Is also recognised on the international stage. It s time- honoured and the most important lead up to the Melbourne Cup. It is always a top class field even when the Melbourne cup was considered a sub-standard Hcp the Caulfield Cup held its status for trainers and owners alike. VRC Newmarket Hcp Considered the best sprint race in the country. All the best sprinters from around Australasia are set for the Newmarket therefore guaranteeing a field of the highest standard year in year out. There are obviously a lot of races that are not far away from making my list Doncaster Hcp Epsom Hcp Stradbroke Hcp VRC and ATC Derbies. MRC Blue Diamond Caulfield Gns etc. Doncaster Handicap Run at Randwick the configuration of the track (the mile start) ensures that every horse gets a chance and that it is a truly run mile. Always attracts the top horses established WFA milers and up and coming handicappers mares and (in the past) lightly weighted 3YOs. We need a Gr1 mile race [in the top 5] - this would have to be it. VRC Newmarket Handicap Loses out to numerous other 1200m G1 races that are run under WFA that attract the best sprinters but the big field is a spectacle. Of all the 1200m Gr1s I can think of this would have SHAYNE O CASS Cox Plate Is the recognised WFA championship in Australia which brings together the best older horses and occasionally the top 3YOs. Ten furlongs is a testing distance for horses the Cox Plate is nearly always a high-pressure race where only the strongest horse survives. Best honour roll of any of the Australian racing calendar. THE BLACK TYPE COMMITTEE HAS A DIFFICULT JOB IN MAINTAINING DOWNGRADING AND UPGRADING RACES TO OR FROM GR1 STATUS. Tony Williams to be the one that almost always finds out weak sprinters and thus has a very good honour roll of past winners. We would need a Gr1 1200m handicap to showcase the best sprinters in the world. VRC Australian Guineas The ultimate prize for our 3YO colts and geldings (and the occasional filly) the Guineas is the right distance at the right track at the right time of the year. Tests out the gun sprinter 1400m 3YOs to see if they can go the mile but also long enough to unearth some of the future 2000m plus WFA stars of the following season. Has been diminished by the programming of the Randwick Guineas but historically a very significant race. AJC Derby The ultimate staying test for the 3YOs the Derby has a rich honour roll of the nation s greatest horses. Most of the world s best races are run at 2400m we need a Gr1 at that distance and we need a climax for the 3YOs and a race that allows staying horses to shine. PAUL DAVIES (Stud manager Lomar Park) Melbourne Cup This is arguably the best race in the southern hemisphere for stayers. Cox Plate The weight for age championship of the world that only the best horses win Golden Slipper Although I m not a fan of 2YO races this race holds so much value to the thoroughbred applying lots of pressure for owners and trainers to get their horses to this race it is the only 2YO championship of Australia but at what cost Newmarket The list would be incomplete without a premiere sprint so the Newmarket has to be included as the best sprint held in Australia which is won by only the best horses that usually go overseas to compete after conquering the Newmarket. Doncaster I believe that this race is Sydney s premiere race and possibly in the top 3 after the Melb Cup and the Cox Plate it is a true test for both sprinters milers and beyond there is something special about the mile at Randwick. GARY KNOWLES Cox Plate At 2040m and run at weight-forage it s an incredible test for a thoroughbred too far and run too fast for a pure sprintermiler and not far enough for a died-in-thewool stayer that likes to go to sleep until 400m from home. Some pundits would like to see the contest on a track with a longer run home but that s half the attraction the gladiatorial atmosphere at Moonee Valley. Manikato Stakes An out-and-out speed duel. A true blink and you ll miss it helterskelter dash where quarter horses would be at home for the 1st 700m anyway. It s also run at night which gives it a bit of bling and is the opening gambit that heralds the oncoming Spring Carnival. Coolmore Classic Here s the race and a tough one at that where the females get to sort out the pecking order for the girls and over a distance that is fair to most types. Adds massive kudos to a future matron s value in the barn. 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So what It s the main event on arguably the best day of racing in Australia akin to the opening day of the Ashes at Lords. Golden Slipper With many hundreds of young horses nominated each year only a handful of owners get to see their silks carried in a race the purists hate. It s the 2YO trophy traditionalists consider only befitting the nouveau riche but history shows it s also a gold-mine for connections AFTER the race whether as a future stallion or a broodmare it s Australia s juvenile lottery on legs crass common and bloody wonderful GURMET SINGH Wish there was a Super 6 as this [list below] leaves out the sprint races. Looks like a horse of Black Caviar s ability will have to run in the Doncaster Golden Slipper World s richest 2YO race at a helter skelter pace. The winner can write their own ticket in terms of value in the breeding world). AJC Derby As it s open to 3YO colts geldings and fillies). At the classic 2400m distance set at the perfect time for maturing 3YO gallopers winner can produce a future Melbourne Cup star. Open Mile Handicap Doncaster Randwick s time-honoured metric mile race at the end of a successful Sydney Autumn carnival. Open WFA - Cox Plate In racing purists terms the ultimate weight-for-age racing championship with 3 million reasons. Open 2 Mile Melbourne Cup The race that stops the nation. recent winners of the Guineas you have the likes of Starspangledbanner Whobegotyou Weekend Hustler Lonhro and Redoute s Choice. I therefore lean to the Caulfield Guineas as my fifth inclusion. Doncaster Handicap voted the best mile JOHN JEFFS Melbourne Cup Australia s major thoroughbred horse race. The only race that stops a nation. It is the richest and most prestigious two-mile handicap in the world. Caulfield Cup Australia s best handicap for stayers run over the classic mile and a half journey WS Cox Plate The WFA Championship of Australia run over 2040 metres and carries Australia s richest weight-for-age prize. Golden Slipper Stakes The premier 2YO race in Australia run over 1200 metres at set weights. It is the world s richest race for 2YOs. Doncaster Handicap Toughest mile handicap in this country run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick. 1st Em Newmarket Handicap One of Melbourne s oldest and most prestigious races run over 1200 metres. Normally attracts the best sprinters in the country. IAN FANNING My 5 top Gr 1 races essential to keep SIMON JENNINGS The strange thing about considering which are Australia s 5 Super Gr1 races is that you naturally tend towards the middle distance and staying races notwithstanding that our breeding industry and the general volume of races is heavily biased towards sprint races. In terms of considering which races should comprise the top 5 my first conclusion was that all of those races came from either Sydney or Melbourne. The obvious three to me were the Cox Plate Melbourne Cup and Doncaster. After that it gets a little more complicated but I think the Australian Cup achieves a place. Looking at winners in the last ten years for example we have the likes of Shocking Zipping Makybe Diva Lonhro and Northerly (twice). For the fifth spot worthy contenders are the Caulfield Cup (but in certain years I would argue that there have been fairly weak fields so on the basis of consistently representing a Super Gr1 race I am minded to discount it) the Golden Slipper and the Caulfield Guineas. I think there is some merit to the argument that some of the Slipper winners do not go on as 3YOs. Conversely looking at OF ALL THE 1200M GR1s I CAN THINK OF THE NEWMARKET WOULD HAVE TO BE THE ONE THAT ALMOST ALWAYS FINDS OUT WEAK SPRINTERS. Shayne O Cass Australia at the forefront of world racing and breeding are Caulfield Guineas Because this is the major race for 3YO colts to establish their credentials as a future sire and dominates as the race for a future stallion to get a chance at stud. Cox Plate Our major international race to prove our horses are or could be competitive internationally. Newmarket Handicap To keep our dominance as the home of world-class sprinting champions. Melbourne Cup The world s best handicap staying race and now attracting half the final field from overseas. A toss up between Caulfield Cup Doncaster and Derbies but I settled on the Doncaster because of its history and place in Australian racing. Its winners have come from staying and sprinting backgrounds as well as the long list of genuine milers it has provided. DAVID LA BOZZETTA Cox Plate Best WFA race in the country and [carries] the most prestige. Doncaster Hcp Best Hcp race in the country Melbourne Cup Richest distance race with positive international recognition and support Golden Slipper Richest juvenile race with strong support for those that want the dream to come sooner Newmarket Hcp 1200m down the Flemington straight for 1 million nearly always finds the best sprinter in the land with no excuses WILFRED MULA Cox Plate Best WFA race in Australia. Consistently brings together the best horses in Australasia Golden Slipper World s richest race for 2YOs. Should a colt win it is assured of a stud career. Australian Derby As it is held in the autumn it is the ultimate test for our Classic horses. 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Caulfield Guineas History has shown that horses that win this event go on to make great stallions should it be won by a colt. GARY MOORE I enjoy the topic...a case can be made for so many more depends on who s judging & which state they are from.... will create plenty of interest.....68 Gr1s. Here are my top 5 Gr1s (followed by Caulfield Guineas Coolmore Cox Plate Clearly Australia s best horses competing Doncaster Handicap Classic mile Newmarket Handicap Toughest sprint race to win Thousand Guineas The only sprinting Gr1 for 3YO fillies Golden Slipper Champion 2YOs CHRIS WALLER Hard to say that the best horse wins Handicap races. If I was to put in a number 6 it would be the George Ryder - Best 1500 1600 WFA Cox Plate WFA AJC Oaks Best 3YO Filly Coolmore 3YO Race Derby day best 3YO sprinter Patinack Best WFA sprinter Golden Slipper Best 2YO PAUL FLEMING Importantly it is to give each distance a fair showing incorporating the most soughtafter races in the country. The most soughtafter races would then attract even more prize-money but to have to get all horses in Australia into any 5 Gr1s would be a difficult threshold. All - Melbourne Cup 3200 Mid Distance - Cox Plate 2200 Mile - Epsom Doncaster 1600 Sprint - Golden Slipper 1200 Mares - Queensland Oaks DALE MONTEITH (CEO VRC) [There] should be top 10... 5 is too small a number. If you look at race ratings produced by the APC you might even find a Gr2 rating in top 10 I am probably too biased to put in my top 5 mind it would include the Melbourne Cup Cox Plate and the next 3 is anyone s guess. KINGSLEY EDWARDS These five races below set themselves apart from all other Gr1 races because they are the ultimate race which each horse in the relevant category aims to win in each racing year the Golden Slipper for 2YOs the Australian Derby for 3YOs the Doncaster for milers the Cox Plate for middle distances horses and the Melbourne Cup for stayers. As a result these races attract the best horses to compete and the outstanding horses consistently win. Horses are prepared specifically to win these races as opposed to any others and so they become using a football analogy the grand final and therefore should be recognised as Super Gr1 races Golden Slipper Australian Derby Doncaster Hcp Cox Plate Melbourne Cup HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT HORSES THAT WIN THE CAULFIELD GUINEAS GO ON TO MAKE GREAT STALLIONS. Wilfred Mula DEAN PETTIT I think if we could only have 5 [Super Gr1 races] this would be my list Melbourne Cup Best handicap race in the world Cox Plate the ultimate WFA contest Golden Slipper The grand final for 2YOs Caulfield Cup 1 of the 3 majors (if you will) of the Spring ATC Derby The best 3YOs clashing in the Autumn KEVIN SKENE These 5 races [below] consistently provide the highest ratings each year for a set weight or WFA event throughout Australia. These 5 races are more likely than most other races to provide the Australia Horse Of the Year as well as the individual categories except for the 2YOs. Cox Plate Moonee Valley Australian Derby Randwick Australian Guineas Flemington George Ryder Stakes Rosehill Patinack (Linlithgow) Stakes Flemington DAVID MILLER My 5 Gr1 races and reasons why Cox Plate Weight for age Championship Golden Slipper 2YO Championship Siremaking race Caulfield Guineas 3YO Championship Sire-making race Caulfield Cup Classic 2400m handicap Melbourne Cup The Cup PAUL ATKINS Doncaster A mile race over the most testing track in Australia. Allows 1400 2000 metre horses to compete. A race normally won by the best horse. AJC Derby A true Derby run in our Autumn. On the best and testing track for Stayers. Golden Slipper An Autumn race for precocious 2YOs. BMW (Rosehill) WFA over a mile-anda-half for Autumn horses. Allows 3YOs if mature enough to race. 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The safe alternative to antibiotics Free Advice Line You can FREE CALL from our website www.iahp.com.au by clicking on FREE CALL ENGINEERING Finding a champion like Black Caviar More Joyous or So You Think is potentially much easier than many realise... Stephen Hemsley from Genetic Edge Pedigrees deconstructs these champions to identify the source of their respective success. here is nothing more awe-inspiring than watching a champion racehorse gallop. Their action is smooth and fluid their stride is effortless and the jockey is simply a passenger. When the time is right there is little discernible change as they lengthen their stride and in no time at all put a length or two on the field and the result is no longer in question. The term champion is used liberally to describe numerous thoroughbreds and some may claim that Black Caviar More Joyous and So You Think are not worthy of the title champion. In contrast it would be hard to find three horses more worthy and between them they have won a staggering 38 stakes races. For those still not convinced just over half or 20 of the 38 stakes races were at Gr1 level the absolute pinnacle of racing performance. In general most runners usually need a few things to go right to be successful at stakes level. But to constantly win at Gr1 level everything needs to be perfect including their mental toughness together with other environmental and genetic factors. But as any top athlete will tell you they require a trainer with the skill to recognise their potential and develop and refine it so they REVERSE ESREVER T are competitive at the highest level of racing. Within humans inherited genetic ability is often displayed as an exceptional artistic musical or sporting talent but in thoroughbreds it is their genetic ability to run that is of the greatest interest to us. Qualities such as mental toughness and a will to win are hard to quantify when faced with the task of selecting a yearling at the sale. But one thing is certain nothing will ever compensate for a lack of genetic ability and this ability can only be inherited from within their pedigree. The best way to locate the sources of inherited genetic ability in the champions Black Caviar More Joyous and So You Think is to deconstruct their pedigrees and identify the influences that make the greatest contribution to their outstanding performance. Black Caviar Snippets her first dam sire has worked well with Bel Esprit in the pedigrees of Vivacious Spirit Bel Sprinter City of Song and Audacious Spirit. (Bel Esprit Helsinge by Desert Sun) Snippets also demonstrated his affinity with Royal Academy The 2011 season saw Black Caviar ascend to what can only be through the pedigree of Gr1 winner Wanted. However Snippets is described as Rock Star status. Even the non-racing public became not the only speed sire that has been effective with Bel Esprit and caught up in the hype that surrounded Black Caviar which is sires such as Foolish Pleasure Centaine Never Bend Bletchingly evident in her most recent awards Habitat and Straight Strike have all featured in the profiles of his Sky Racing Australian Racehorse of the Year 2011 stakes performers. Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter 2011 Her second dam sire Vain was successfully returned to Be Esprit Staging Connections Most Popular Racehorse 2011 in the profiles of Belcentra Bel Mer and full brother Mooring. In Black Caviar has never been defeated in 15 starts which include contrast with some popular breeding theories the Vain double the VRC Newmarket H. Gr.1 ATC TJ Smith S. Gr.1 VRC Patinack in Black Caviar is not sex balanced and therefore supposedly not Classic Gr.1 Lightning S. Gr.1 BRC BTC Cup Gr.1 MVRC ideal. Yet the performance of Black Caviar indicates that there is no William Reid S. Gr.1 VRC Danehill S. Gr.2 MRC Schillaci S. detrimental effect and the location of the Vain Gr.2-twice MVRC Schweppes S. Gr.2-twice double is genetically ideal for a filly. Stanley Wootton S. Gr.2 MRC Blue Sapphire The of in Helsinge S. L MVRC William Crockett S L and VRC THEY MUST POSSESS comes sole contribution he stamina a level of from Danzig and delivers Cromwell H. A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL stamina similar to both Nijinsky and Northern Turning first to her sire Bel Esprit is by Royal of Academy out of the Vain mare Bespoken and Bel OF GENETIC ABILITY Dancer. The performanceBelBlack Caviar is only testimony to the fact that Esprit requires Esprit was himself an exceptional racehorse having WHICH CAN ONLY BE a small contribution of stamina where strong won or placed at the elite Gr1 level on 6 occasions. speed is also present. This in part explains why Royal Academy s speed comes from his dam INHERITED so many of the stamina-laden mares fail with Bel line and it was his dam sire Crimson Satan Esprit. whose genetic profile provided the required The big question is could there ever be another compatibility with Vain allowing the pedigrees Black Caviar and while possible it may not be easy as all factors must of Royal Academy and Bespoken to join so efficiently. fall into line. The dam must have a similar blend of strong speed and The dam of Black Caviar Helsinge provides a number of sires minimal stamina the progeny s sex must match the orientation of that have good genetic compatibility with the sires in Bel Esprit s the dam and a trainer capable of fully developing their genetic ability profile. is required. BLACK CAVIAR MORE JOYOUS (More Than Ready Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) The 2011 season was clearly the best yet for More Joyous and her current performance would not have been contemplated following her now historic buckjumping display when leaving the gates in the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes and then finishing second last in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. But for trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner John Singleton her potential was never in doubt and last season More Joyous contested 6 Gr1 events and went on to win no fewer than 4 of these. Since her early rodeo display More Joyous has amassed an envious record including wins in the AJC Flight S. Gr1 George Main S. Gr1 MRC Futurity S. Gr1 Toorak H. Gr1 ATC Queen of the Turf S. Gr1 AJC Light Fingers S. Gr2 Surround S. Gr2 STC Tea Rose S. Gr2 Theo Marks S. Gr2 ATC Breeders Classic Gr2 Canterbury S. Gr2 STC Reisling Slipper Trial Gr2 and Sheraco S. L. Her sire More Than Ready is by Southern Halo out of the Woodman mare Woodman s Girl. More Than Ready is arguably the best sire son of Southern Halo but it is his grand sire Halo and dam sire Woodman that provides the primary source of compatibility for Australian mares. The dam of More Joyous Sunday Joy is by Sunday Silence a sire son of Halo and she has Danehill as her dam sire. This provides More Joyous with a double of Halo (in the sire line of More Than Ready and the sire line of Sunday Joy). Interestingly this double is also not sex balanced and both occurrences of Halo are well forward in her pedigree. The performance of More Joyous would indicate the Halo double is far from detrimental and enhanced the profile of More Joyous due to his location and genetic strength. The other source of genetic compatibility comes from Woodman and Danehill and both sires share almost identical genetic profiles. The effectiveness of Woodman and Danehill is well documented 31 REVERSE ENGINEERING (CONT) More Joyous THERE IS EVERY POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER MORE JOYOUS BEFORE MORE THAN READY FINISHES HIS CAREER in the profiles of the More Than Ready Gr1 winners Seabring Dreamaway Perfectly Ready and Benicio. Woodman and Danehill have also demonstrated their genetic compatibility in the pedigrees of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland (Redoute s Choice Forest Pearl by Woodman) and Gr1 winner Alexander Tango (Danehill Dancer House In Wood by Woodman). More Than Ready is breeding true to his genetic influences and the performance characteristics of his progeny have become far more predictable but importantly top trainers are now experienced in getting the very best out of his runners. Therefore without diminishing the achievements of More Joyous when broken down into her component form it should not be such a difficult task to breed or buy another horse capable of her level of performance so it may only be a matter of time. he had a strong affinity with New Zealand mares. The dam of So You Think Triassic is by Tights a sire-son of Nijinsky out of the Long Row mare Astral Row. The primary source of genetic compatibility in So You Think comes from Nijinsky and Sadler s Wells who share almost identical genetic profiles. The similarity of their profiles is not surprising given they are by the same sire and this delivers a double of Northern Dancer which is also not sex balanced. Not surprisingly Triassic s contribution has a significant compounding effect through the use of sponsor sires to the extent that in mathematical terms the sum of the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. Sponsorship is the technique by which enhanced abilities such as speed or stamina can be blended into a pedigree. The most reliable method is to utilise the other sires within the pedigree that display a high degree of genetic compatibility as the sponsor sires. The strength of the compatibility between Nijinsky and Sadler s Wells is what has allowed the enhanced abilities of Round Table and Long Row to be sponsored into the profile. Round Table delivers the enhanced ability of fortitude which provides So You Think with his strong finish while Round Table and Long Row together deliver the ability of toughness that puts So You Think into the race. The enhanced genetic abilities contributed by Round Table and Long Row has transformed the basic profile of So You Think through their capacity to intensifying his other inherited abilities. Could there ever be another So You Think There is every possibility as High Chaparral still has a reasonably long stud career ahead of him. But finding a mare with a similar blend of sire profiles will not be an easy task. In summary Black Caviar More Joyous and So You Think are champions in their own right but they are not freaks of nature and there is a logical explanation for the source of their superior genetic SO YOU THINK (High Chaparral Triassic by Tights) So You Think has a lot in common with a fine red wine in that they are both getting better with age. In his last season (Southern Hemisphere time) he contested 8 Gr1 races and was successful on 6 occasions. This feat is even more outstanding when it is understood that these races occurred across 2 continents and in 2 different hemispheres. But to look at So You Think you could be forgiven for thinking that for him it is just another day at the office. So You Think has already opened his 2011 12 account (Southern Hemisphere Time) and his record now includes wins in the VRC LKS Mackinnon S. Gr1 MVRC W.S. Cox Plate Gr1 (twice) MRC Caulfield S. Gr1 Underwood S. Gr1 Sandown Eclipse S. Gr1 Curragh Tattersalls Gold Cup Gr1 Leopardstown Irish Champion Stakes Gr1 MRC Memsie S. Gr2 STC Gloaming S. Gr3 and the Curragh Mooresbridge S. Gr3. So You Think is proof that in thoroughbred breeding champions can come from almost any source and anything is possible. Despite his sire High Chaparral winning 6 Gr1 events he does not appear to have been highly regarded as a sire prospect and commenced stud duties shuttling to New Zealand where he stood for a very modest fee. If High Chaparral had not started his career in New Zealand he may never have met the dam of So You Think. However from his first limited book of mares he produced 4 Gr1 winners So You Think Shoot Out Monaco Consul and Descarado and history will reflect So You Think THE SPONSORSHIP METHOD HAS KNOWINGLY BEEN USED BY BREEDERS SINCE BREEDING BEGAN abilities. 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Highclere Thoroughbred Racing to Highclere Thoroughbred Racing s bespoke syndications appearing has twice attempted to conquer the race that stops in Australia. the nation and the attempts have left Highclere s principal Harry As managing director of Highclere Herbert markets the shares as Herbert thirsty to make his mark on the globally-renowned event. a luxury item and has recently launched eight brand new syndicates In 2004 Highclere s Distinction trained by Sir Michael Stoute was for 2012 which are creatively themed and are generally made up of flown to Australia specifically for the Melbourne two horses with prices that start from 11 950 per Spring Carnival finishing a respectable 6th in the share up to 46 950 for the most exclusive. Cup. 2005 saw Distinction return with high hopes HIGHCLERE S CENSUS Herbert states What we do is to try and make renowned as England s best stayer at the time each owner feel as though they are the sole owner COULD BE A REAL however he crossed the line a disappointing 19th of the horse. In effect we act as a personal racing as Makybe Diva became the first and only horse to POSSIBILITY TO MAKE manager to each share owner keeping them fully win the event three times. THE [MELBOURNE CUP] informed as to the progress and running plans of Perhaps one could argue that a trip of nearly their bloodstock wherever they happen to live in TRIP IN 2012. 17 000 kilometers takes too much out of a horse the world. although So You Think may dispute this as would We are also able to give them a very special Vintage Crop Americain and Media Puzzle. and unique experience with private visits to the Jockey Club Rooms Nonetheless notwithstanding the considerable challenges involved where they stay overnight before seeing their horses on Newmarket in bringing an international raider to take on the locals Highclere s Heath the following day. Lunches are enjoyed at Highclere Castle (set Census could be a real possibility to make the trip in 2012. of the record-breaking English TV series Downton Abbey) the family This year the Carbine Club flew Herbert out to speak at the home and with my sister s dynasty of Highclere Stud we can bring Derby Eve Luncheon in the build up to the Melbourne Cup. With the horses back for rest and recuperation at which time many of our Census and next year s Cup very much in mind that is not the only owners will visit them during their spelling periods. reason Herbert touched down on red soil making the most of the Herbert says It is all about trying to give our owners the opportunity to cast his eagle eye over this year s international brigade opportunity to race at the highest level and thankfully year after CHAMPION GALLOPER HARBINGER FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 35 CUP ON HIGHCLERE S RADAR (CONT) Elizabeth Hurley Harry Herbert Census & Richard Hughes year we have been able to achieve this. fore cannon bone which subsequently resulted in retirement. His Over the years Highclere has become not only the Rolls Royce of phenomenal racing career over he was sold to stand at Shadai Stallion syndicates but has many a familiar face among its members including Station in Japan for an undisclosed sum. Mike Tindall Sir Alex Ferguson Lawrence Dallaglio Ben Fogle Jodie I was attracted to Highclere Thoroughbred Racing for the Kidd Elizabeth Hurley and Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber. possibility of being involved with a horse that would be competing on Australian owners have also taken the punt on Highclere s one of the best racing stages in the world and I saw the involvement syndicates including Peter Barnett and Paul Ramsay who enjoyed in with Highclere as a good way of achieving that reveals Australian Gr1 success with the 2010 European and World Champion Harbinger owner Peter Barnett. winner of the 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Highclere is a very professional group. The involvement with track record time at Ascot. Harbinger was quite surreal. I am a positive person and every Harbinger was purchased from Europe s premier involvement that I have had with a horse I always yearling sale at Tattersalls Newmarket in October hope that this is the one . Lo and behold Harbinger 2007 for 180 000 guineas. The colt by leading AUSTRALIAN OWNERS was just that. For an Aussie to win a race at the European sire Dansili out of the French mare Royal meeting was a dream come true and then to HAVE ALSO TAKEN THE come out and win the most prestigious stakes race Penang Pearl was an obvious standout and was purchased at the top end of Highclere s budget PUNT ON HIGHCLERE S outside the Classics was so thrilling and almost however it was not long before he proved worthy unbelievable. I have been a lucky owner and have SYNDICATES of their investment going on to win six out of nine won five Gr1s in Australia and none of them have starts for the Admiral Rous syndicate made up of come close to what Harbinger did in the King INCLUDING PETER 12 members who each invested 36 950 per share George and his subsequent rating as the world s BARNETT AND PAUL best racehorse. (which included ownership of a second horse). It was as a three year old that Harbinger came Highclere Thoroughbred Racing came into RAMSAY. into his own to secure four victories back-to-back existence in 1992 when Herbert took on the including the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot challenge to provide a cost-effective way of in June 2010 and accruing a total career sum of 773 931 in prize becoming involved in racehorse ownership at the highest level and money earnings. offer a completely bespoke experience for those that joined. The It was July 2010 that Harbinger earned the accolade of the best syndication company plays part in the triumphant operation of Lady flat horse in the world with an official rating of 135 in the World Carolyn s management of Highclere Stud and consignment and John Thoroughbred Rankings after winning the King George by 11 lengths Warren s bloodstock agency all based at the historic Highclere Castle defeating rivals that included Prix de l Arc de Triomphe and Epsom rich in heritage and prestige in the rolling hills of England s Berkshire. Derby winner Workforce Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana and Herbert s racing pedigree stretches back over three generations. His five times Gr1 winner Cape Blanco. The victory knocked half a second great-grandfather the 5th Earl of Carnarvon not only founded the off Ascot s mile-and-a-half track record. stud at Highclere but also discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun Sadly only 16 days later Harbinger suffered a fracture to his nearand Herbert s father the 7th Earl of Carnarvon was the racing 36 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM HIGHCLERE S HALL OF FAME YEAR 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2007 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2003 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 1998 1998 1997 1997 1997 1995 1995 1994 1994 RACE Group 3 CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes Group 2 Norfolk Stakes Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes Group 3 Albany Stakes Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes Group 3 Cuisine de France Summer Stakes Group 2 May Hill Stakes Group 3 Betfair Gordon Stakes Group 2 Sir Tristram Ricketts Memorial Richmond Stakes Group 3 Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes Group 3 High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes Group 3 Betfredpoker Classic Trial Sandown Group 2 The Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes Group 2 Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes Group 3 The Betfred Classic Trial Sandown Group 1 The Vodafone Derby Group 1 Racing Post Trophy Group 2 The Lady O Goodwood Cup Group 2 The Totesport Dante Stakes Group 2 The Topkapi Trophy Istanbul Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot Group 2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen Group 3 The Phoenix Sprint Stakes Group 1 The Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks Group 1 The Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks Group 1 Prix de l Opera Group 2 The Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes Group 3 Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes Group 1 The Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup Group 3 The Horris Hill Stakes Group 3 The Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes Group 3 Constant Security Park Hill Fillies Stakes Group 3 The Princess Royal Group 1 The Darley July Cup Group 3 Duke of York Stakes Group 3 The Diadem Stakes Group 3 The Prix de Meautry HORSE CENSUS HARBINGER MEMORY APPROVE APPROVE HARBINGER MEMORY HARBINGER HARBINGER ROSE BLOSSOM POLLENATOR HARBINGER PROLIFIC (ABLE SPEED) CONQUEST REGIME REGIME CONQUEST CONQUEST PRIMARY MOTIVATOR MOTIVATOR DISTINCTION MOTIVATOR BRUNEL BRUNEL BRUNEL BONUS PETRUSHKA PETRUSHKA PETRUSHKA BANNISTER PETRUSHKA TAMARISK BRANCASTER REUNION DELILAH DELILAH LAKE CONISTON LAKE CONISTON LAKE CONISTON LAKE CONISTON SIRE Cacique Dansili Danehill Dancer (IRE) Oasis Dream Oasis Dream Dansili Danehill Dancer (IRE) Dansili Dansili Pastoral Pursuits Motivator Dansili Compton Place Invincible Spirit Golan Golan Invincible Spirit (IRE) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Giant s Causeway Montjeu (IRE) Montjeu (IRE) Danehill (USA) Montjeu (IRE) Marju (IRE) Marju (IRE) Marju (IRE) Cadeaux Genereux Unfuwain (USA) Unfuwain (USA) Unfuwain (USA) Inchinor Unfuwain (USA) Green Desert (USA) Riverman (USA) Be My Guest (USA) Bluebird (USA) Bluebird (USA) Bluebird (USA) Bluebird (USA) Bluebird (USA) Bluebird (USA) DAM Slieve Penang Pearl (Fr) Nausicaa (USA) Wyola (USA) Wyola (USA) Penang Pearl (Fr) Nausicaa (USA) Penang Pearl (Fr) Penang Pearl (Fr) Lamarita (USA) Ceanothus (IRE) Penang Pearl (Fr) Photo Flash (IRE) Aguinaga Juno Madonna Juno Madonna Aguinaga Aguinaga Prospective 1 Out West (USA) Out West (USA) Ivy Leaf (IRE) Out West (USA) Castlerahan (IRE) Castlerahan (IRE) Castlerahan (IRE) Khamseh Ballet Shoes (IRE) Ballet Shoes (IRE) Ballet Shoes (IRE) Shall We Run Ballet Shoes (IRE) Sine Labe (USA) Aseltine s Angel Phylella Courtesane Courtesane Persian Polly Persian Polly Persian Polly Persian Polly FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 37 CUP ON HIGHCLERE S RADAR (CONT) Highclere Castle two and three-years-old winning the 2005 Gr1 Vodafone Derby for the Royal Ascot Racing Club managed by Herbert. Motivator went on to be second in the 2005 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and The ll the syndicate horses are selected by Warren who has Baileys Irish Champion Stakes in Leopardstown. He was also fifth in an astute eye for cherry-picking quality bloodstock his the Gr1 Prix de l Arc de Triomphe before being retired and syndicated early purchases included the Gr1 2YO winners Creag An to stand as a stallion at the Royal Stud for 6 million. Motivator was Sgor and Mister Majestic both of which won the Middle crowned BHB Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO. Park Stakes at Newmarket and more recently he bought the St Leger 2010 saw a record-breaking season for Highclere Thoroughbred winner Sixties Icon. Racing with 42 winners and over 1.3 million in prize money with an Internationally recognised Warren s expertise in yearling selection impressive 26% winners-to-runners strike rate. has been experienced in Australia too at the 2011 Inglis Easter A highly memorable treble at Royal Ascot set the tone for the Yearling Sale he assisted in the selection of horses for Gai Waterhouse season with Approve winning the Norfolk Stakes (Gr2) Memory and leading Australian syndication company Star taking the Albany Stakes (Gr3) and Harbinger s Thoroughbreds and says he was impressed by the Stakes Theology s 2010 SAW A RECORD- victory in the HardwickeQueen s(Gr2).(Gr3) very quality of the Australian horses that had excellent close nose second in the Vase strength and bone for their age and development. nearly made it a remarkable four timer. Memory BREAKING SEASON Herbert has sourced a dream team of trainers then went on to win the Gr2 Cherry Hinton FOR HIGHCLERE for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing including Sir Stakes at Newmarket s July meeting. Michael Stoute Richard Hannon Michael Bell THOROUGHBRED RACING Although no records have been broken in 2011 Ed Dunlop Luca Cumani and for the first time Highclere has witnessed some star performances WITH 42 WINNERS AND from the likes of Census a 3YO bay gelding by in 2012 will add the trainer of Frankel Sir Henry Cecil to the team. OVER 1.3 MILLION IN Cacique (Danehill) out of Slieve who could be a Although understandably Harbinger is the potential contender for the 2012 Melbourne Cup. PRIZE MONEY... banner horse for Highclere their success over the Trained by Richard Hannon and part-owned by years includes the purchase of colt Lake Coniston Elizabeth Hurley the gelding won the Gr3 CGA for just 22 000 guineas in 1991 who later became European sprinter Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury in great style and has shown he is a and was sold to stand as a stallion for 2.5 million at Odessa Stud in leading contender for the top staying races next year. South Africa. The recent success of British imports in Australia has reignited Tamarisk by Green Desert out of Sine Labe won the Gr1 Stanley much interest in those who are looking to capitalise on the European Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock and later was awarded the 1998 counterpart s strong staying bloodlines. Bred by H M The Queen Cartier Award for champion sprinter. Coolmore purchased the colt to My Kingdom Of Fife (Kingmambo) now trained by Chris Waller in stand at stud for 3.5 million. Sydney who won the Gr3 Doncaster Mile Prelude first time out and Petrushka by Unfuwain out of Ballet Shoes was a greatly admired progressed to win the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick is a mare by not only her owners but the racing public who bore witness classic example along with December Draw (Medecis) who picked to a spectacular year in 2000 when she became the first ever syndicate up a Gr3 and Gr1 in quick succession in the capable hands of Mark Classic winner by securing the 2000 Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks the Kavanagh. Both horses have shown great success in Australia having Gr1 Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks and the Gr1 Prix de l Opera. started their careers in the northern hemisphere. Half-sister to Champions Stakes winner Spectrum Petrushka was With the 2012 Melbourne Cup firmly on Highclere s radar sold as a broodmare for US 5.25 million. Herbert s appetite for racing in Australia has been well and truly In 2005 John Warren selected a Montjeu colt out of Out West. 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The most commonly sought after genes have been those of the unbeaten racehorse and outstanding sire of the late 19th century St Simon. An analysis of the following two publications highlights the significant degree of line-breeding practised during this period. Pedigrees of leading winners 1912-1959 Pedigrees of leading winners 1960-1980 To assist in the analysis I give an example of a method of numbering adopted. (See Fig 1) Hyperion Line bred 11-19 St Simon 17 23 Galopin It is most interesting to note that Lord Derby bred 13 classic winners line bred to an outstanding influence viz 11-19 Garden Path Hyperion Watling St (St Simon) 11-17 Keysoe (St Simon) 19-29 Sun Stream Tideway (St Simon) 11-21 Colorado Fair Isle Fairway (St Simon) 10-12 Pharos Ferry Sansovino (Pilgrimage) 10-28 Tranquil (Pilgrimage) 9-29 Canyons (Galopin) This breeding was to a design and was no accident. Other good winners line bred 11-21 to St Simon were Caerleon Pharamond and Pharos. The master Italian breeder Federico Tesio was also a firm believer in line-breeding two well know winners being Apelle 11-19 (St Simon) and Nearco 19-23 (St Simon) Federico Tesio refined line-breeding by utilising sires and dams with a double cross of St Simon to gain a multiple cross. In this manner he bred champion racehorses. Examine closely the pedigree of Botticelli (BC 1951) (see Fig 2). Here Tesio has used judiciously the linebreeding practised by The Earl of Derby (Fairway) double cross St Simon and The Earl of Roseberry (Fancy Free) double cross St Simon who combined to produce English Derby winner Blue Peter. His own mare Buonamica was by Niccolo Dell Arca (double cross St Simon and by English Derby winner Coronach) out of Bernina (double cross of St Simon). Botticelli has 13 crosses of St Simon in his 40 BREEDING BY DOSAGE N John D Anvers Fig 1 Example of numbering 7 Bay Ronald 3 Bayardo 8 Galicia 1 Gainsborough 9 St Frusquin 4 Rosedrop 10 Rosaline Hyperion 11 St Simon 5 Chaucer 12 Canterbury Pilgrim 2 Selene 13 Minoru 6 Serenissima 14 Gondolette 15 Hampton 16 Black Duchess 17 Galopin 18 Isoletta 19 St Simon 20 Isabel 21 Trenton 22 Rosalys 23 Galopin 24 St Angela 25 Tristan 26 Pilgrimage 27 Cyllene 28 Mother Siegel 29 Loved One 30 Dongala Fig 2 Botticelli 7. Phalaris 3. Fairway 8. Scapa Flow 1. Blue Peter 4. Fancy Free 9. Stephan The Great 10. Celiba 15. Polymelus 16. Bromus 17. Chaucer 18. Anchora 19. The Tetrarch 20. Perfect Peach 21. Bachelors Double 22. Santa Maura 23. Hurry On 24. Wet Kiss 25. Havresac 11 26. Catnip 27. Phalaris 28. Scapa Flow 29. Great Sport 30. Waffles Bernina 19 29 St Simon Niccolo Del Arca 4 5 St Simon Fancy Free 13 19 St Simon Fairway 11 21 St Simon 11. Coronach 5. Niccolo Del Arca 12. Nogara 2. Buonamica 13. Pharos 6. Bernina 14. Bunworry pedigree. He won 12 races in Italy including The Derby St Leger and Gran Premio D Italian. Also the Ascot Gold Cup and was second in the Grand Prix Del Jockey Club. Tesio fervently believed in the English Derby as the prime test of a racehorse and whenever possible mated Derby winners with his mares. Ribot (BC 1952) also has 13 crosses of St Simon in his pedigree. Once again Tesio sought the double crosses of St Simon found in this pedigree in Havresac Apelle Pharos and Papyrus. (See Fig 3). There can be no doubt that the intense dosage of St Simon was the reason for the excellence of performance of Botticelli and Ribot. How tragic that Tesio never saw Ribot his greatest breeding triumph race. Donatello II (chestnut 1934) was another breeding triumph for Federico Tesio. He won eight races from nine starts including the Italian Derby and ran second in the Grand Prix de Paris. Note the double cross of St Simon in the pedigree of the sire and dam of Donatello II. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM IN-BREEDING IS THE SUREST WAY OF OBTAINING THIS RESULT BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ANCESTORS AND THEREBY MAKING IT EASIER TO FIX OR ESTABLISH THEIR CHARACTERS. Northern Dancer Fig 3 Ribot Unbeaten - Won Prix De L Arc De Triomphe (twice) 7 Cavaliere Darpino 3 Bellini 8 Bella Minna 2 Tenerani 9 Apelle 4 Tofanella 1 Ribot 10 Try Try Again 11 Pharos 5 El Greco 12 Gay Gamp 2 Romanella 13 Papyrus 6 Barbara Burrini 14 Bucolic 15 Havresac 16 Chuette 17 Bachelors Double 18 Santa Minna 19 Sardanapale 20 Angelina 21 Cylgad 22 Perseverance 23 Phalaris 24 Scapa Flow 25 Gay Crusader 26 Parasol 27 Tracery 28 Miss Matty 29 Buchan 30 Volcanic Papyrus Bred 13 17 St Simon Pharos Bred 11 21 St Simon Apelle Bred 11 19 St Simon Havresac Bred 3 13 St Simon Some years later the breeding genius of the Earl of Derby came to the fore once again when he put his mare Aurora to Donatello II to produce Alycidon (chestnut C 1945). Alycidon was a superb stayer who won 11 races including the Ascot Gold Cup Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. Note in his pedigree again the intense dosage of St Simon in both the sire and dam. To complete the trilogy Sir Humphrey De Trafford chose Alycidon to serve his mare Chenille. A glance at the pedigree of the progeny Alcide (BC 1955) highlights once again the intense line-breeding to St Simon. Blenheim (5 4 St. Simon) Hyperion (11 17 St. Simon) King Salmon (19 23 St. Simon) and Cameronian (19 29 St. Simon). Alcide won 8 races including the St. Leger and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and was 2nd in the Ascot Gold Cup. (5 4 St. Simon means presences in 5th and 4th generation). Note the progression over the three decades and the increased dosage to maintain the St Simon prepotency in the pedigrees of Donatello II Alycidon and Alcide. Meanwhile case studies of two of England s outstanding fillies are most revealing Meld (BF 1952) won five races including the1000 Guineas The Oaks The St Leger Coronation Stakes and Royal Ascot. Meld has 15 presences of St Simon in her pedigree Petite Etoile (Gr F 1956) winner of the 1000 Guineas The Oaks Sussex Stakes Goodwood Champion Stakes etc has 13 crosses of St Simon in her pedigree. Meld passed on her prepotency in producing English Derby winner Charlottown and top New Zealand sire Mellay. Let us look at what results the St Simon dosage has produced in Australia. In 1944 the Australian mating of Powerscourt (15 27 St Simon) and Witty Maid (15 23 St Simon) produced in 1945 a brown colt Comic Court who counted amongst his wins The Victoria Derby. Also born the same year was his arch rival Carbon Copy winner of many races including the AJC Derby AJC St Leger and 1949 Sydney Cup. His pedigree is highlighted by Hyperion (11 19 St Simon) Windbag (11 17 St Simon) and Baba (7 11 St Simon). New Zealand stud masters imported some very good St Simon line stallions including St Allwyne Charlemagne II Positano Haut Brion and Limond. Three outstanding sires in New Zealand were Neptune (19 29 St Simon) Balloch (19 29 St Simon) and Ruthless (19 27 St Simon). Balloch and Neptune had a major hand in the breeding of one of Australasia s modern champions Galilee. Examine his pedigree. Here again the intense concentration of St Simon blood in the pedigrees of Donatello II Balloch and Neptune combine to give Galilee thirteen presences of St Simon. (A coincidence that outstanding horses Ribot Botticelli and Petite Etoile all had thirteen crosses of St Simon in their pedigrees). Recent sires in Australia with St Simon dosage are Delville Wood 4x5x5 Messmate (10 presences) Brueghel 19 29 St Simon and Manihi (10 presences) mainly through brothers and sister Fairway Pharos and Fair Isle. In America it is likely that the success of the Princequillo Nasrullah nick was because of the prepotent St Simon dosage Princequillo three presences and Nasrullah five presences. Champion racehorse and sire Northern Dancer has 15 presences of St Simon. The influences that we should attempt to duplicate in breeding in Australia are those exemplified by Nearco Ribot Alcide and Northern Dancer. In summary let s revert to master breeder Tesio who wrote Although we cannot reduce the number of a horse s ancestors we can select his parents in such a way that one particular ancestor will occupy more than one place in his pedigree thus ensuring a greater probability that certain desired characteristics will be inherited. In-breeding is the surest way of obtaining this result by reducing the number of different ancestors and thereby making it easier to fix or establish their characters . h 41 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Dual Gr1-winning 3YO filly Yosei I n tandem with the highly anticipated Melbourne Spring carnival each new season of racing ushers in another exciting crop of 3YO fillies which will vie for the early tag of Champion Filly. Some take line honours as juveniles while others seemingly pop up out of nowhere when the new season gets underway but all turn up to contest arguably the best sophomore female races of the Spring the Thousand Guineas the Flight Stakes and the true test of stamina the Crown Oaks. Every year starts off with a number of fillies that look likely to stand out from their peers. Inevitably though the spring always seems to produce at least one standout filly and while this year initially looked to be different with the 2011-12 season showcasing perhaps the best crop of 3YO fillies we ve seen in a long time by midOctober Atlantic Jewel had made a one-act affair of her category. Although Atlantic Jewel has a clear upper hand at the time of writing history shows a lot of water goes under the bridge between October and the end of July. Others with exceptional credentials include Mosheen Hallowell Belle Streama Celebrity Girl Bliss Street Pane In The Glass Dowager Queen and Bart Cummings well connected filly Gliding. To gauge how this year s crop stacks up as a group you only have to look back through the years at the stellar performances by individual Champion 3YO fillies Miss Finland Special Harmony Alinghi and Samantha Miss. In more recent times though it was Shamrocker (2011) who held her own in open class to post outstanding wins in both the Gr1 Australian Derby and the Gr1 Australian Guineas while in 2010 Faint Perfume would take the crown for her wins in the Gr1 VRC Oaks Gr1 STC Vinery Stud Stakes and Gr2 Wakeful Stakes. Inevitably it is the Gr1 Thousand Guineas and Gr1 VRC Oaks that stand out as a premium source of champion fillies. The Thousand 42 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Guineas-winning champions comprise Mnemosyne (2005) Miss Finland (2006) Alinghi (2004) and Special Harmony (2003) with honourable mentions going to top fillies Dashing Eagle (1996) Northwood Plume (1994) and Yosei (2010). Invariably the top fillies from the Thousand Guineas also posted great performances in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes and the Gr1 VRC Oaks. Furthermore the last 20 years of Thousand Guineas winners has provided six Crown Oaks winners Miss Finland Magical Miss Arborea Special Harmony Northwood Plume and Richfield Lady who all took many of the top line-honours in their respective seasons. Those tough enough to score the VRC Oaks Thousand Guineas double comprised Miss Finland Special Harmony Magical Miss Northwood Plume and Arborea. It is also worth mentioning the feats of dual Flight Stakes Thousand Guineas winners Dashing Eagle because only a handful of fillies have ever claimed this double and certainly not again in the last thirty odd years. Then there s the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m which was claimed among others by dual 3YO Gr1 winners Faint Perfume Hollow Bullet Arborea Richfield Lady and Serenade Rose. Another key race on the 3YO calendar is the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes. The last ten years has seen three fillies win the Manifold Stakes-Thousand Guineas double and they included subsequent champions Special Harmony and Alinghi. The other filly was Gallica in 2008 and she was rated joint third filly on the 200809 Australasian 3YO Classification. In many cases the previous 2YO season is a likely indication of how a filly will shape up as a 3YO. Take the Fastnet Rock filly Mosheen for example. She started her brilliant 2YO campaign with a win straight up over 1000m then at her second start in none other than the Golden Slipper she ran second to the mighty Sepoy. BEVY OF BEAUTIES LEADING 2011 SPRING 3YO FILLIES Filly Atlantic Jewel Bliss Street Celebrity Girl Dowager Queen Gliding Hallowell Belle Mosheen Pane in the Glass Streama Sire Fastnet Rock Flying Spur Starcraft Savabeel Flying Spur Starcraft Fastnet Rock Testa Rossa Stratum Dam Regard Jade Diva Dashing Granada Dower Marrego Bella Inez Sumehra Lyrics Pensiamo SPRING S This year s spring 3YO filly crop could be one of the most exciting in decades. Merissa Borg runs her eye over this bevy of beauties. Best 3YO Win Place Gr1 Thousand Guineas Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude Listed VRC Cap d Antibes Stakes Listed Wanganui JC Fordell O Leary s Stakes Listed Ethereal Stakes 2nd Gr1 Flight Stakes Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes Gr3 Silver Shadow Gr1 Flight Stakes Race Record 4 Starts 4-0-0 A 394 225 10 Starts 4-1-2 A 314 846 5 Starts 2-0-1 A 133 738 15 Starts 4-2-5 NZ 113 676 A 89 750 6 Starts 1-0-2 A 79 330 9 Starts 1-6-1 A 419 025 7 Starts 2-2-2 A 931 200 11 Starts 4-3-2 A 673 250 8 Starts 4-2-1 A 563 050 TO OCT 23 Bred by Bylong Park Thoroughbreds she s the only named foal of her winning dam Sumehra but Mosheen has more badges than that. She was the joint top 2YO filly of 2010-11 and her dam Sumehra is a daughter of Miss Priority a producer of seven winners including three stakes-performers the pick of the bunch being Champion Hong Kong miler Lucky Owners. Additionally this is the family of twice Horse of the Year Might and Power so she has genetics that scream stamina. Her return as a 3YO marked a steady rise through the ranks. She stepped up with a stakes-place first up at Caulfield then a month later she was back claiming third place in what was a controversial end to this year s Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude. However the standout performance for Mosheen was her Gr2 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes victory. This race has in the past been taken out by a number of crowned fillies so when Mosheen scored by 3-lengths to Bliss Street with Celebrity Girl in tow for third she cemented her status as a serious performer prior to an eye-catching runner-up in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas against hot favourite Atlantic Jewel. While four of the last seven winners of the Gr1 Thousand Guineas won a Group or Listed race as a 2YO before going to claim the Thousand Guineas Atlantic Jewel took a slightly different path. Selling for 320 000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 43 SPRING S BEVVY OF BEAUTIES (CONT) Atlantic Jewel in cruise mode Coast Sale she never had a start as a 2YO but quickly developed performers for Arrowfield sire Starcraft. super status when making her debut as a 3YO. At the time of writing Another filly doing the job for Starcraft Celebrity Girl burst onto this she was unbeaten in her four starts at three having asserted her the scene at two with a first-up win by almost 2-lengths in her only dominance as a red-hot favourite in the Thousand Guineas. start that season. After a five month break she won her first start as a It is worth noting that her preparation for this race was unlike the 3YO by 2.5-lengths at stakes-level in the Listed VRC Cap d Antibes other top fillies that contested it. Skipping the Prelude the Guineas was Stakes over 1100m. Next up was her run in the Gr3 Thousand her first race at Stakes level let alone Guineas Prelude an all out war with Gr1. Trained by Mark Kavanagh she the likes of Mosheen Bliss Street and was set for a race at Caulfield three Hallowell Belle fighting to the line in weeks earlier and won the MRC a finish that saw the margins between THE PREVIOUS 2YO SEASON IS A BMW Handicap easily smashing the the first four fillies record a dead heat LIKELY INDICATION OF HOW A FILLY a half head and a nose. Despite her opposition by almost 3-lengths. Like Mosheen Atlantic Jewel shares equal first finish the highly fancied WILL SHAPE UP AS A 3YO... the same sire in Fastnet Rock and is Celebrity Girl was demoted to fourth the only named foal for her winning place after a protest from fourth pastdam Regard. Atlantic Jewel is also the the-post jockey Danny Nikolic on second winner of the Thousand Guineas for leading Coolmore sire Mosheen was upheld. Fastnet Rock whose classy daughter Irish Lights won the race in 2009 Mosheen easily had her measure in the Gr2 Edward Manifold also carrying the Coolmore colours. Stakes where she finished third and although she didn t find form Another standout filly in the mix this season is Hallowell Belle. in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas Celebrity Girl had already proven her She s by Starcraft and although not a winner at two she showed capability over the mile. outstanding potential placing three times at black-type level from Pane in the Glass was a super-consistent 2YO filly who did not three starts in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes Gr3 Blue Diamond finish outside the top three in each of her seven race starts. Bred by Prelude and Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Like Mosheen she also faced Sledmere Stud she won her first three starts as a juvenile including Sepoy in a headline race finishing second in his 4-lengths blitz of the Inglis 2YO Classic before following up with a string of placings in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes. both Listed and Group races. At three Hallowell Belle posted a win first up then ran four However her final two runs that season both at Gr1 level were consecutive runners-up including second in the Gr3 Thousand perhaps her most impressive. She finished strongly in the Inglis Sires Guineas Prelude and the Gr1 Flight Stakes. She was once again second Produce despite being put off by the slow pace but gathered speed in to Sepoy in the Gr2 Danehill Stakes and an unlucky fourth in the the final stages to finish a gutsy third. Then in the Champagne Stakes highly competitive Gr1 Thousand Guineas. Hallowell Belle is the only she confirmed her ability over the mile finishing a close second to foal to race for dam Bella Inez a full-sister to Gr1 Caulfield Guineas Helmet. winner In Top Swing she is one of the most consistent stakesShe started her 3YO season in fine form winning the Gr3 Silver 44 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Shadow Stakes albeit by a whisker. A month later she finished two to date indicate she is still an untapped talent. Her dam Dower was lengths behind Streama in the Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill. Although a leading 2YO filly in New Zealand and her sire a winner of the Cox she proved disappointing in the Gr1 Flight Stakes finishing seventh in Plate and runner-up in the Victoria Derby. the ten horse field we are likely to see her in form again this season. Placed in seven of her eight starts to mid-October Streama has Other fillies that remain firmly on the radar include Bliss Street been all class as a 3YO. The Stratum filly was second in the Gr3 Dowager Queen Streama and Gliding. The Danny Morton-trained Sweet Embrace Stakes turning her last start as a juvenile into a win Bliss Street was a winner of the Gr3 WA Sires Produce at two and in the Listed Keith Mackay Handicap at Randwick. Her first start came back as a 3YO to win first up in the WATC Westspeed 3YO at three was a third in the Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes won by Pane Handicap. While her first start on the east coast was anything but In the Glass but she fought back to notch three consecutive wins impressive she certainly turned in the Gr2 Furious Stakes Gr2 Tea the tables in the Gr3 Thousand Rose Stakes and the Gr1 Flight Stakes Guineas Prelude shooting up the beating Hallowell Belle by almost 4 OF THE LAST 7 WINNERS OF THE field from last position to take 6.5-lengths. She has now racked up poll in a dead-heat finish. And million THOUSAND GUINEAS WON A GROUP OR over half aoutings. in earnings from while the race harboured plenty of only eight controversy her run was anything Another filly on the up and therefore LISTED RACE AS A 2YO. but controversial. well worth a mention is the Bart Bliss Street continued her form Cummings-trained Gliding. Although in coming weeks finishing second to Mosheen in the Gr2 Edward she has not proven herself to be of champion makings yet she could Manifold Stakes with Celebrity Girl third. Despite her disappointing nonetheless give the other top fillies a scare if her first six starts are run in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas her consistency is not to be anything to go by. To date she is the only one to win over a distance discounted. greater than a mile the Listed Ethereal Stakes which she won by Dowager Queen is probably the most seasoned of all the fillies 1.5-lengths. As the only filly from this bunch who is a winner over mentioned with 15 starts to date. But the Kiwi by Savabeel looks 2000m she stands a good Oaks chance or anything contested over a likely to find further form with distance. She was a dual stakeslonger distance. She is the half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner Eremein winning 2YO who previously ran third against the boys in the Gr1 from the Gr2 Silver Slipper runner-up Marrego. Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes before heading to Australia to Racing has a funny way of producing something special when compete. She placed fourth twice in Brisbane which included her we least expect it. And while we ve gloried in the efforts of the strong efforts in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes. At three she again won at 3YO fillies this spring who can say for sure what the autumn will stakes-level back home before a Spring campaign in Australia. The unearth Chances are there ll be at least another couple of up-andreturn was to pay off with placings in the Gr1 Flight Stakes and coming females who ll stake their own claims to be considered Listed Ethereal Stakes over 2000m. Dowager Queen s performances Champion 3YO Filly for 2011 12. h Premium Horse Feed for Equine Excellence All Natural Rice based formulation Rich in essential vitamins and minerals 100% balanced and complete Highly digestible There is a formulation in our range to suit your needs To find your local stockist Freecall 1800 029 901 www.coprice.com.au CopRice is a division of Ricegrowers Limited trading as SunRice. CR346RNGBRA. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 45 GOL Goldikova pre-race PURE 46 Goldikova & Dream Ahead Race Record 26 Starts 17-6-2 309 265 US 3 310 200 U2 257 145. European Horse of The Year in 2010. Champion Older Mare in Europe & France in 2009 & 2010. Champion Older Sprint Mare in Europe France & GB in 2009. Champion 3YO & Older Mare Miler in France in 2008 & 2010. Champion Turf Female in USA in 2009 & 2010. Won Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr1 (1600m) Longchamp Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Gr1 (1600m) Churchill Downs Breeders Cup Mile S. Gr1 (1m) Oak Tree Breeders Cup Mile S. Gr1 (1m) Breeders Cup Mile S. Gr1 (1m) Deauville Prix Rothschild Gr1 (1600m) Prix Rothschild Gr1 (1600m) Prix Rothschild Gr1 (1600m) Prix Rothschild Gr1 (1600m) Longchamp Prix de la Foret Gr1 (1400m) Prix d Ispahan Gr1 (1850m) Prix d Ispahan Gr1 (1850m) Newmarket Falmouth S. Gr1 (1m) Royal Ascot Queen Anne S. Gr1 (1m) Maisons-Laffitte Prix Chloe Gr3 (1600m) Chantilly Prix de la Lorie (1600m) Prix de Toutevoie (1600m) 2nd Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr1 Longchamp Poule d Essai des Pouliches Gr1 Prix de la Foret Gr1 Royal Ascot Queen Anne S. Gr1 Longchamp Prix du Louvre 3rd Chantilly Prix de Diane Gr1 Longchamp Prix de la Foret Gr1 D By John Gilmore he annual US Breeders Cup meeting is a little like the Ryder Cup in golf where America s best take the cr me of Europe on. One of THE races to win is the Gr1 Breeders Cup Mile. To achieve the feat is a major triumph to do it on 3 consecutive occasions almost beyond superlative. Early in November triple-winning 6YO wonder mare Goldikova will be heading West again from her French base to try and make it an unprecedented four in a row. Owned by Wertheimer et Frere Goldikova is trained by legendary French trainer Freddy Head. Head 64 is a former six-time winner of the French Jockeys title and became the first person to win both the TGV Breeders Cup mile race as a jockey and trainer when Goldikova recorded the first of her 3 consecutive wins in 2008. He had achieved the feat as a jockey in 1987 riding Miesque (Nureyev) trained by Francois Boutin. 47 T PURE GOLD (CONT) A record 4th Prix Rothchild win for Goldikova Ironically and perhaps a portent of what was to come with Goldikova who changes her shoes and strangely Goldikova is not bad if you do decades later Head again piloted Miesque to victory at Churchill the same thing every day comments Christopher. Bandages taken Downs in 1988 s BC Mile. off after early morning exercise she won t move but trying to do This season Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold by Blushing Groom) something else will finish badly. My father was bitten earlier in the year showed she is still a force to be reckoned with at top level- culminating by her and Bruno Huet the head groom was kicked a couple of weeks in win number 17 (14 of them at Gr1 level) with her success in the Gr1 ago. She seems to be getting more stallion like in nature over the years. Prix Rothschild (1600m) for fillies & mares at Deauville to take this But this temperament is probably the key to her will to win on the race (formerly known as the Prix d Astarte) for the 4th consecutive track believes Christopher It s her great quality She s acting like a year. male and this makes her completely different and combative on the To underline her consistency the bay mare has had five runs this track for sure... It s the same on the training gallops Goldikova knows year all in Gr1 company capturing both the Prix Ispahan and Gr1 the whole routine and does everything with class never suffering any Prix Rothschild and finishing a close second ill-effects from training she s a real rock in all three times in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes (to her work between races. Canford Cliffs) Gr1 Prix Haras de Fresney- Le This clean bill of health is another dimension Buffard Jacques Le Marois (behind Immortal for Goldikova maintaining her form to such a MY FATHER WAS BITTEN high standard for so long. Verse) and most recently on L Arc De Triomphe EARLIER IN THE YEAR day in the Gr1 Prix de La Foret (just pipped by With Goldikova s cantankerous nature Dream Ahead). Freddie Head is mindful of keeping to routine BY GOLDIKOVA AND Head initially seemed a little disappointed even to ensuring her travel is always overseen by BRUNO HUET THE HEAD travelling head lad Regis Barbedette 53 who has by her performance in the Prix de La Foret observing There are no excuses. Maybe she Head for GROOM WAS KICKED A been with Freddynever beenthe past sixteen years. doesn t have the same turn of foot that she used Goldikova has ridden in a race to and maybe the mileage is starting to catch up COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO... by anybody other than Olivier Peslier and it s with her. noticeable when he is legged up that the mare is Christopher Head There is a peaceful and calm way everything visibly instantly at ease. is carried out at the fourth generation Head In the approach to her potential crack at training precinct an enviable environment for winning her fourth Breeders Cup Mile on the racehorses to perform well on the track. Freddy trot at issue is whether or not Goldikova will Head s son and assistant Christopher notes that Goldikova is not a big run on Lasix which she has been on for the past two wins. Before last mare. She is quite small just under 16 hands and weighing around year s renewal Freddy Head noted I am not for Lasix but as other 480 kilos. She is also a bit bad tempered and sometimes will try to bite horses in the race will be on the substance I want to give Goldikova strangers who caress her in her box and for some reason it happens every opportunity of breaking the record but in any case it won t affect more often with my father. In some way her box is her kingdom. her for breeding as she is not a stallion. It appears only Goldikova s work rider and groom Thierry Blaise Uniquely positioned to compare Goldikova to the feisty Miesque farrier Nicolas Ricaud and Head Groom Bruno Huet are readily accepted Head declares It s difficult to compare the two great horses as Miesque in her box. Blaise a small but no nonsense character has worked with was much more brutal making it more difficult to control as she had Goldikova since the end of her 2-year-old season and they appear to to be held up for an explosive finish. Her temperament meant Miesque have an understanding between themselves. Given his importance to the could never win races from the front while Goldikova is much more equation Blaise only ever takes time off for holidays during the off-peak relaxed and can win races from the front or come from behind. winter season when Goldikova is also on vacation at the Wertheimer et Whether she takes her place or not Goldikova is set for retirement Frere Haras (stud) de Saint Leonard in Normandy. and a date early next year in the breeding barn. She s certainly earned Thierry is part of her schedule like the farrier Nicolas Ricaud the right. h 48 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM While Others Talk The Talk PROUD AUSTR LY ALIAN MADE EquineAuto Land Walkers WE HAVE BEEN REFINING OUR PRODUCT FOR OVER 25 YEARS TO BRING YOU THE MOST RELIABLE WALKERS AVAILABLE. 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With precocious two-year-old Gr1 winners Rockdale and San Luis Derby victors Shootoff and Military Move Oaks heroines Eskimo Queen and Marju Snip and tough older horses including the dual Gr1 winner Able One Vonusti and Ista Kareem the Ready-to-Run Sale is proving it can produce top flight racehorses season after season. Boasting Gr1 winners in New Zealand Australia Hong Kong and numerous stakes winners in Singapore Macau and Malaysia the Ready-to-Run Sale s success is unmatched by any other Sale of twoyear-olds in Australasia. With the distinct attraction of having the horses prepared and Ready-to-Run as soon as they hit home soil combined with the impressive record of successful graduates the sale draws a truly international audience of buyers. The 2010 Ready-to-Run Sale saw Australian buyers purchase over 70 two-year-olds for a total in excess of NZ 4.7 million a third of the Sale aggregate. With two-year-olds purchased by seven countries in 2010 - New Zealand Australia Hong Kong Singapore Korea Macau and Malaysia - over 70% of the Sale s aggregate came from the international buying bench a testament to the achievements of its graduates on the international stage. Coming off the back of a decade-topping season for New Zealand horses in Australia last season the NZ suffix won 86 individual black-type wins with only 5.2% of the racing population. With this in mind the welleducated youngsters handpicked for this Sale present an opportunity for W buyers to secure a product that is running hot and is Ready-to-Run . New Zealand is proving a potent source of classic-winning thoroughbreds with kiwi horses taking over 16% of Australia s threeyear-old black-type races and dominating the Gr1 ranks winning over 40% of Australian Gr1 three-year-old events last season. New Zealand Bloodstock s Ready-to-Run Sale produced five Australian three-year-old stakes winners last season the Gr1 Queensland Derby winner Shootoff (Duelled) Group 2 winners Sworn to Secrecy (Keeper) who won the Emancipation Stakes and Folding Gear (Johar) who took the Autumn Classic and Listed winners Enjin Number Nine (Zeno Rob Roy) who beat the globe trotter Star Witness in the Manfred Stakes and The Underworld (High Chaparral) who claimed the Belmont Guineas. With over 350 two-year-olds set to be auctioned at this year s Sale the catalogue is tailored to satisfy its growing international following and features a good balance of New Zealand and Australian sires. Featuring siblings to over 30 stakes performers and progeny from 20 stakes-winning dams the Sale will offer buyers progeny of over 114 leading stallions. Included in the line-up is the Champion Sire Zabeel who has three entries including a three-quarter-brother in blood to the Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Dress Circle O Reilly who has seven entries including the colt from the stakes winning mare Bonaichi and nine two-year-olds by Pins including the half-brother to the Group 3 winner Larry s Never Late (Pentire) and the stakes winner Collar (O Reilly). The promising young sire Darci Brahma has 11 two-year-olds in the Sale which include half-brothers to Gr1 winners Veloce Bella (Volksraad) and Vouvray (Zabeel) the Gr3 winner Grand Dancer (No Excuse Needed) and stakes winners Mirandola (O Reilly) and Bridgestone (Pentire). Australian sires also make regular appearances in the catalogue. Australia s leading two-year-old sire by winners last season in Exceed and Excel is represented with four entries including the half-sister to the Group 2 winner Biscayne Bay (Stravinsky). Bernardini the sire of three Gr1 winners in the Northern Hemisphere has three two-yearolds in the Sale including a half-brother to the Group 3 winner Crianca (Woodman) and Fastnet Rock is well represented with four entries. Also included in the top line-up of stallions are sires Bel Esprit Danehill Dancer Encosta de Lago Excellent Art General Nediym High Chaparral Iffraaj Keeper Lonhro More Than Ready Nadeem Oratorio Pentire Red Ransom Savabeel Snitzel Stratum Tale of the Cat Thorn Park and Volksraad. The Ready-to-Run Sale is set to be held on 15 and 16 November at Karaka. Catalogues and DVD copies of the Breeze Ups are available. Shootoff won the Gr1 Queensland Derby 50 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM tHe source oF 10 INDIVIDUAL GROUP 1 WINNING GraDuates IN tHe past FIVE seasoNs tHe NZb reaDY to ruN saLe Has proDuceD a GROUP 1 WINNer From everY saLe For 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. WItH a cataLoGue oF over 350 WeLL eDucateD YouNG tHorouGHbreDs reaDY to HIt tHe racetracK DoN t mIss tHe soutHerN HemIspHere s LeaDING tWo-Year-oLD saLe. Contact us now for catalogues and information T. 64 9 298 0055 E. reception nzb.co.nz W. www.nzb.co.nz ReaDy to RuN Sale of 2yoS S A L E 15 & 16 November 2011 KaraKa B R E E Z E U P S 17 & 18 october te rapa racecourse Shootoff (NZ) winning the 2011 Queensland Derby equinehealth GASTRIC ULCERS IN HORSES Dr Peter Huntington & Dr Clarissa Brown- Douglas Kentucky Equine Research astric ulceration occurs in horses of The stomach secretes acid continuously. The pH all ages and occupations. Horses with of gastric fluid in horses withheld from feed for gastric ulcers might show one or more several hours has consistently been measured to be THE SINGLE RISK of the following signs poor appetite Horses that received free-choice grass FACTOR BELIEVED TO 2.0 or less. hours had mean gastric pH readings lower body condition reluctance to train or poor hay for 24 performance poor coat condition or low-grade BE MOST IMPORTANT that were significantly higher than fasted horses. colic that coincides with grain feeding. IN THE OCCURRENCE This should be expected since forage consumption The prevalence of gastric ulcers among stimulates extra saliva production. German racehorses has been well known for years. Several researchers measured the amount of saliva OF GASTRIC studies have shown that 80-90% of racehorses and ate pasture or ULCERS IS FEEDING produced when horses hayeither hay grass they 40 -60% of other performance horses have stomach a grain feed. When fed and fresh lesions. produced twice as much saliva compared to when MANAGEMENT. Foals weanlings and yearlings are also prone a grain-based feed was offered. to gastric ulcers and over 50% of foals and 80% Ideally horses should have access to ad lib forage of yearlings have been found with ulcers. Under but the type of hay fed has a significant impact normal conditions the mare s colostrum and milk might help prevent on acid neutralization and the incidence of gastric ulcers. Several gastric ulcers in foals. Development of ulcers is sometimes caused studies have shown that horses fed lucerne hay have less severe ulcers by trauma or illness and this may relate to reduced milk intake. The than when on grass hay. As work involves compression of abdominal stresses of weaning can also precipitate ulcer development. Signs muscles and splashing of acid in the stomach so ulcers are aggravated include diarrhea mild colic teeth grinding cribbing and in nursing it seems sensible to give a small feed of lucerne before work. This can foals refusal to suckle. put a fibre mat over the liquid stomach contents and the lucerne helps Certain behaviors might be indicative of gastric ulceration in young buffer the acid in the stomach. horses. In a study at the University of Bristol researchers found that Aside from appropriate management techniques the type of cribbing foals had more extensive gastric ulceration than foals that did concentrates fed will have an impact on ulcers. As high starch diets not crib. An antacid supplement (KER Neigh Lox) was given to half increase the risk lower starch feeds where more energy comes from of the foals and all of these individuals had improved gastric health fat and digestible fibre is desirable. The type of fat is important as scores by the end of the three-month trial. research in Florida has shown that oils with high levels of omega Most ulcers occur in the upper portion of the horse s stomach which 6 fatty acids can stimulate protective substances and increase is composed of nonglandular squamous epithelium. These ulcers are stomach ph thus reducing the risk of ulcer development. In most primarily the result of prolonged exposure of this tissue to gastric acid. circumstances we find that omega 3 fatty acids are the beneficial type Unlike the glandular portion of the stomach the upper half does not but to reduce ulcer severity risk you need to feed corn oil sunflower have a mucous layer and does not secrete bicarbonate onto its surface. seeds or stabilized rice bran (KER Equi-Jewel). Feeding significant The only protection this portion of the stomach has from gastric acid is amounts of these fat supplements also allows you to reduce the grain from saliva production and the buffering capacity of feed. and starch level in the feed. Researchers have identified various risk factors that include feeding Gastric ulcers can pose problems for horses of all ages from foals routines stall confinement temperament exercise transport even to high-performance racehorses. Strategic nutritional management of gender. The single risk factor believed to be most important in the horses can sometimes completely offset the risk of gastric ulcers. occurrence of gastric ulcers is feeding management where type of For more information on equine nutrition in general please visit forage amount and frequency of forage starch intake and water www.ker.com or sign up for weekly email newsletters on horse feeding intake have all been identified as risks. and nutrition at www.equinews.com h 52 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM G BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS ear thoroughbred colleague In October 2000 Gadfly Media launched a new thoroughbred publication titled Breeding&Racing. As luck would have it our first feature story turned out to be quite prescient an article on Nureyev s sister Special whose offspring were leaving such an indelible imprint on the thoroughbred industry. Wind forward 11 years and Special s great grandson Galileo is the heir-apparent to his own sire Sadler s Wells while another great grandson Encosta de Lago has been Champion Sire of Australia. A great deal has happened since 2000. We ve witnessed a plethora of champions on the track some amazing rags-to-riches stories (and a few riches-to-rags) court cases equine influenza some gambling stings a changing gaming and wagering landscape and more recently felt the backwash of a global financial crisis whose endgame is far from clear. Through it all the resilience stoicism optimism and never-say-die attitude of our participants kings and fools all have never ceased to amaze. We are each and every one of us truly blessed. Whereas most of the world goes to work every day chasing another coin we get to chase a dream that never-ending utopian cycle of racing seasons where equine heroes emerge as often as not from the hoi pollois as they do from the silk brigade. And whether bred in the purple or bereft of pedigree the result is still the same they are the bellwether that the dream is within reach and worth pursuing. If in doubt ask the connections of Black Caviar. Normally in journalism one eschews using the pronoun I . In this case I am proud to use it having been part of the team on every one of our 100 issues. We live in an age of information overload. Raw statistics frame a story but they don t tell it. Our Daily News and magazine offer complementary story-telling vehicles to provide our readers with a balanced combination of just the facts and articles that are more in-depth. The next four pages showcase the covers of each of our first 100 editions followed by two of our most popular articles published I hope you ll enjoy re-reading them. And so to 2012 and the future. The relentless march of media online for which we have always been at the forefront brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. Among the latter is a completely revamped Breeding&Racing website (due for launch early in the New Year) that ll provide greater integration to our magazine and Daily News a number of reader-friendly initiatives and the chance for greater engagement and feedback from our customers. To each of you who has contributed to Breeding&Racing s first 100 editions whether as an advertiser reader journalist or photographer A VERY BIG THANK YOU. We could never have achieved what we have without your incredible support. Finally our biggest thanks go to the horses from the maidens at Gundagai to the immortals of the turf. Without you there d simply be no story. GARY KNOWLES Editor-In-Chief D October 2011 Issue 100 October 2000 Issue 1 B R E E D I N G & R A C I N G M A G A Z I N E BREEDING RACING I S S U E 1 0 0 O C T N O V 2 0 1 1 ISSUE 100 OCT NOV 2011 ISSN 1444-4593 PP 255003 05323 RRP AUST 15.95 (incl. GST) NZ 17.95 (incl. GST) FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 53 BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS 54 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 55 BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS 56 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS B R E E D I N G & R A C I N G M A G A Z I N E BREEDING RACING I S S U E 1 0 0 O C T N O V 2 0 1 1 ISSUE 100 OCT NOV 2011 ISSN 1444-4593 PP 255003 05323 RRP AUST 15.95 (incl. GST) NZ 17.95 (incl. GST) FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 57 BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS WHY CHAMPIONS BREAK DOWN Ross Brunt of Racehorse Conformation Scientific Research demonstrates how champion racehorses expose themselves to greater risk of breakdown than average gallopers. Northerly refused to be beaten 58 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS ost leading trainers will attest to how it s always the fast ones that breakdown. Many smaller trainers will recall how the one they had been waiting a lifetime for succumbed to injury after only a few starts or never even made it to the track. Many modern day champions have also fallen victim or have been greatly restricted by this curse. The list is almost a who s who of Australia s greatest racehorses of recent times including Kingston Town Saintly Dulcify Better Loosen Up Northerly Lets Elope Might And Power and perhaps the fastest and arguably the most injury prone of them all Placid Ark. Even our present day champions Weekend Hussler Takeover Target Apache Cat and Melbourne Cup winner Efficient have had their run of bad luck and at the time of writing have either just retired are off the scene with serious injuries or are on the comeback trail. This list cannot possibly take into account what must be numerous potential champions never given the opportunity to show their true worth on the track. Champion racehorses are the elite of thoroughbreds. Without doubt they are the ones that create public interest and excitement and attract the crowds that flock to the big race days. With this in mind what affect on horseracing did Saintly Dulcify and Placid Ark have when they all hopelessly broke down near the peak of their careers with the latter two being destroyed It is generally agreed that the thoroughbred as a breed is evolving into an increasingly fickle and injury-prone line of bloodstock. Without doubt this may be considered as a result of human rather than natural selection as the stallions that are chosen to breed from each generation are by preference predominantly the fastest rather than the soundest. Inbreeding which tends to attract conformation flaws is also popular amongst some. How seriously is conformation and its relation to soundness taken when owners or studs select stallions for their broodmares This is a dilemma that may only compound over future generations with the everincreasing likelihood of concentrated speed breeding. Can the Australian horseracing industry really afford to consistently lose these genuine champions to injury And can any action be taken to minimize this In theory champions should possess a balanced conformation with an efficient trouble-free and correct technique. These are normally traits that are associated not only with performance but likewise with soundness and long racing careers. With this in mind the questions surrounding breakdown have to be asked. Just why do so many champion thoroughbreds breakdown Good racehorses love to gallop. A select few naturally or through confidence quickly gain a mental edge and winning attitude over their slower and inferior rivals. Being champion gallopers they expect to win every time they take to the track so they will put in that extra effort when asked to get where they believe they belong at the front of the pack. But in sporting circles the smartest tacticians know that strength may also be exploited as a weakness. M Does this also apply to horseracing And can it be that champion racehorses are the unlikely victims of their own strength Are champions prone to their own unique conformation and galloping traits which produce supreme speed and power but are ultimately flawed To evaluate this phenomenon let s first obtain a detailed understanding and appreciation of the extreme physical stresses placed upon a galloping thoroughbred by closely analysing each specific stage of a racehorses stride in turn. STAGE 1 HINDQUARTER POWER As the upper hindquarters curl under the horse its hind legs reach far under itself and straighten as one lever. As the hind hooves strike the turf the horse s forequarters are still well elevated from its previous stride action. The hind hooves now boldly power through the turf. At this point there is virtually no weight directly above the rear legs meaning less pressure on the rear joints. The forequarters now start to drop and although this still requires a controlled eccentric muscle force the hindquarters and back are not actually lifting the forequarters upward rather propelling its fore forward with the aid of momentum. If the hindquarters are structurally weak or the horse is fatigued the hindquarters may respond in two ways. The first being it may give way through the back allowing the forequarters to fall at a quicker rate towards the ground. This means the horse will be taking a shorter and rushed fore stride. The second being that the hind leg joints utilize their scope to curl during this action. The hind legs can do this because the hock is similar to a backward placed knee thus easing the pressure on the rear joints which can further open and close to reduce and cushion the pressure. This is significant as it determines when the hindquarters are stressed beyond their maximum strength capabilities which can only be reflected in a quicker drop of the forequarters or further closing and opening of the rear unlocked joints. As the hind leg tends to work as one straightened and long lever when powering the horse forward the stresses are more evenly spread throughout its whole leg rather than predominantly targeted towards one or two specific joints at any time as happens with the forelegs. STAGE 2 MID STRIDE FLIGHT Once the hind legs have powered through the turf they produce a final extra kick which assists in driving the hindquarters upwards and simultaneously transfers the momentum and weight forward over the horses forequarters. During this time the forelegs are also mid air curling and rebounding forward. From this position the horse whose forequarters can descend quickly will require its forelegs to quickly pickup stretch and straighten in preparation for the next stride. The champion galloper at this point often produces more lift through the forequarters and its power gearing often allows it to bring its legs through at a quicker rate meaning it has more time to fully stretch its 59 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES Four-time Gr1 winner Saintly broke down twice EDITIONS Better Loosen Up s career was cut short due to injury forelegs forward and prepare them with ease allowing strong form and greater force as they again push down and backwards against the opposing ground force. to champions that again multiply the stresses on their forelegs And how do these same traits leave the champion prone to breaking down Let s analyze each in turn. STAGE 3 FOREQUARTERS STANCE POWER GEARING The racehorse has now transferred its centre of gravity far forward Power gearing which effectively generates additional speed and assisting to apply more pressure force and forward momentum to strength every stride can result in these champions running faster the forelimbs below. As the lower forelimbs begin to power through and longer than the standard racehorse. This extra power is as a the turf the horses humerus bone collapses giving the horse an result of each horse s own levering effect via its unique bone lengths early cushion affect. But once the humerus has dropped it effectively joint angles and more. Adding to this power is the horse s individual locks and now immense pressure builds up on the lower forelegs. At muscle quality or in the racehorses case the ability of a muscle to this point the horses centre of gravity is directly above these limbs repeatedly contract with force over time. and the jockey is often rising applying even more pressure. You Is the bone structure that gives a horse its power gearing and may consider a jockey s weight irrelevant but when a horse is at full the quality of muscle that adds force primarily responsible for gallop under full stress the jockey s weight is more than a straw. The applying more power than the champions limbs can safely handle fact that the jockey may be applying more weight force at this point Although champions can generate this extra power their body does by comparatively rising in the saddle not compensate for this with extra coupled with the horses weight soundness. This in effect potentially dropping from its previous elevation provides the champion with an THE CHAMPION THAT RUNS THROUGH unbalanced power to soundness means these two factors combine to greatly multiply the applied forces This can THE PAIN BARRIER CAN EFFECTIVELY ratio.racer withbe likened to a light downward. drag an overpowered V8 CONSUME ITS OWN MUSCLE FOR As the horse completes its stride engine powering it down a straight its fore knee locks and a substantial pushing it to the extreme and ENERGY... amount of additional force is applied placing it in real danger of hurtling directly to the knee. If the horse is out of control. fatigued but still busting its guts trying to win then the pressure As a result the extra power may place extreme pressure on a again multiplies. During this stance phase the horse s fore fetlock may champion s lower limbs and in particular its skeletal joints cartilage also settle on the turf interfering with the surrounding tendons and ligaments tendons and to a lesser extent its muscles. Typically connective tissue above and below the joint while also eliminating the superior gearing effect enables a champion galloper to possess its preferred cushioning effect. Meanwhile the hindquarters are again extra strength in its upper body and obtain its speed from its lower having an easy time as they rebound forward. The forelegs now levers particularly through their fore cannons and pasterns. These complete their stride and are elevated up and forward helping to give levers generate speed and good initial ground pressure but lack their the forequarters some upward momentum giving it time and space to own strength and may leave the horse open to injury. again prepare its forelegs for the next stride. The force on a horse s foreleg quickly transfers to its weakest joint in Obviously the above explains why it is universally accepted that the most cases being the knee and the higher placed the knee is in relation lower forelegs are a racehorse s weakest musco-skeletal component and to its whole foreleg the more force it will have to counter. Importantly highlights the compounding effect from the many additional factors unlike the hind leg joints when the fore knee is pushed to its extreme it involved including a bias of force being applied to the forelegs. The has no safety fallback. The knee can t transfer the pressure elsewhere as forelimbs bear the greater proportion of this despite being structurally it locks and the downward gravity force is intensified as large portions thinner and weaker than the hind legs. of the horse and jockeys weight remain directly above. Weight and the related downward forces via gravity play a LOADED BALLISTIC STRETCHING significant part in injuries as they not only apply pressure to the soft The typical champion often possesses a fast long and relaxed stride tissue surrounding the joints but also compress the cartilage within which also results in its limbs and surrounding tissues constantly the joint which can result in wear and tear from the grinding affect. being stretched to their extremes. This can help a horse gain speed With many racehorses starting their careers as two-year-olds these as muscles have a stretching and elastic-like rebounding reaction forces are often applied to horses that are still maturing growing and which adds power. When the muscle is stretched the body assesses its strengthening. Other risk factors include conformation action fitness change in speed and length. This triggers an opposing reflex action dehydration low quality galloping surfaces and extended race distances. which attempts to correct the muscle length by again contracting But what may be the prime additional traits that specifically apply 60 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS Weekend Hussler on the comeback trail Takeover Target A career spanning six seasons the stretched muscle. The more rapid the change in the muscle the energy source and with the related fatigue can also place the bones stronger and faster the muscle contractions will be. This type of and joints that the muscles support marginally out of the ideal stretching is often referred to as ballistic . alignment and increase the jarring and wearing effect. With the galloping horse ballistic stretching uses the momentum Although the affected muscles may recover from this the related of its moving body or limbs in an attempt to force its muscles and tendons are at risk of a serious long-term injury and any damage tendons beyond their standard range of motion. With its many done to the skeletal joints will be permanent. The more often a compounding levers in each limb this is considered a risk to the horse performs in this manner the further the joint may wear away. galloping racehorses soundness. A worn joint will add inflammation and tighten close-by tendons As the muscle and tendons progress through this stretch in and muscles slowly reducing their flexibility and effectiveness and very fast time they are simultaneously loaded with a number of adding to the horses chances of obtaining serious injury in the opposing forces (including the jockey and horse s own weight) the future. Over a period of time using protein as an energy source may combination of which is loaded onto the horse s thin limbs. also cause muscle atrophy. This loss of muscle can cause not only The rapid action of the ballistic stretch can also fail to allow the a loss of power but also structural weakness as described above muscles tendons cartilage joints and especially the fragile ligaments leaving the horse susceptible to injury in the near future. time to properly prepare and adjust to the abrupt changes of force An ill-fated example of a champion breaking the pain barrier was US as would happen with a slow and safer static stretch that many sports two and three-year-old champion filly Ruffian who went undefeated people apply before working out. The through her first ten starts. In the 11th dangerous nature of the ballistic stretch on jumping from the gates Ruffian s means that if a champion galloper has upper body struck the starting gates. THE BEGINNINGS OF STRAINED pre-existing small micro tears from However despite being restricted by TENDONS OR HAIRLINE FRACTURES factors such as overtraining fatigue the mishap she quickly picked up her or a hard gallop then the ballisticCAN BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DIAGNOSE FOR stride and with a likely preference loaded stretching may encourage these on one foreleg ran the first 400m TRAINERS... tears to quickly develop into a career at close to 22 seconds a lightning threatening injury. pace considering the standing break This may be part of nature s own safety mechanism an attempt to from the gates. Although in front Ruffian was leading by the barest of safely slow the horse that is running beyond what its own physical margins. She then began to accelerate and looked set to stride clear but makeup was designed for. For most horses the micro tears or early under the increased pressure suddenly snapped her sesamoid bones. signs of a potential serious injury would create some soreness and Regardless she continued to race unabated despite her hoof hopelessly pain that would be enough to put them off full exertion during fast flapping in all directions. She was put down a few hours later. Typical of gallops. But champions seem to break the pain threshold and often many champions she loved to gallop and only knew how to win. gallop on at break-neck speed regardless significantly increasing the Significantly she had never been clearly headed in a race. likelihood of injury. THE PAIN BARRIER Without doubt champions push the boundaries and this adds to the stress they place upon their own bodies. All sporting champions involved in fitness sports have the capacity to ignore their body and maintain a performance level way beyond the standard fitness and pain thresholds. This may primarily be a matter of mind over body. The racehorse that keeps its mind on the racing enjoys the competition and has a habit of winning may give itself the best chance of eliminating the effects of fatigue. When a horse is pushed beyond its threshold and starts to fatigue its muscles lose some function and form. A horse s prime energy carbohydrate is stored in its muscles and blood. If these stores are depleted and the horse is close to exhaustion it may then revert to converting its own muscle as a protein to use as an energy source. This is where the champion that runs through the pain barrier can effectively consume its own muscle for energy. This is a less effective SUPERIOR ENERGY SYSTEM The racehorse that has a superior cardiovascular system primarily through its heart and lungs can also gallop over longer distances at sustained speed. Under race conditions the horse s heart and lungs work as one to transfer energy to the working muscles. The larger a horses lung capacity and the greater volume of blood a horses heart can pump throughout its body the greater the horses ability will be to remove waste products from it muscles and replace it with more energy through carbohydrates and oxygen while also maintaining muscle power and function. The longer a horse can gallop at speed for the greater chance it has of suffering from a racing type injury. All of the above factors will again compound the probability of injury if the champion has a significant weak point in its lower forelegs. Any deviation from the standard may leave it prone to injury from flaws such as offset knees long pasterns etc. In the early stages these injuries can frequently pass by undetected often advancing to a serious nature before the horse is observed as lame. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 61 BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES The majority of racehorse injuries to the lower limb take time to heal as they are weight-bearing and delicate and lack blood flow. Thus recovery can be very slow and time consuming. The healing processes can possibly result in scar tissue weakness loss of elasticity and can lead to lingering soundness issues and injury re-occurrence. It is said slow horses don t run fast enough to break down . This is a saying that some people away from the track may believe is said in jest but the evidence strongly suggests it just may be so. Slow horses appear to have safer strides which may be due to a number of factors including their own musco-skeletal levering failing to generate the speed and strength of the champion galloper or a range of other factors including a poor energy system lack of confidence etc. This keeps the slower speed steady and controlled and being at a moderate pace somewhat restricts them from applying extreme forces against their joints. EDITIONS trainers and the damage may go from minor to career-threatening during its next workout or race. IDEAS & CONSIDERATIONS TESTING RELATED TRAINING RELATED l Regular scans for early detection of joint damage micro-tears and inflammation. l Pre post race weighing for dehydration levels. l At least a 48-hour follow-up procedure of extensive post race inspection appetite checks and recovery treatment. l Pre-race testing to ensure champions only run when they re certified fit as opposed to how keen some connections may be for prize money. l Heart rate monitoring to assess working and recovery rates. l Red blood cell counts. Some may consider the harder training routines employed by TRAINING RELATED l Close monitoring to make sure Australian trainers including regular that when a horse has peaked fast work is just asking for too much and is on the way down that it is from our elite champions who may REGARDLESS RUFFIAN CONTINUED immediately spelled or reduced already be pushing the threshold and to appropriate training to give it their own luck with each gallop. TO RACE UNABATED DESPITE HER every opportunity to fully recover Australia s hard turf tracks may HOOF HOPELESSLY FLAPPING IN ALL before being asked to gallop again. also be a consideration. Our turf is a l Pre and post race activity faster surface than dirt and many of DIRECTIONS... preparation including extended the softer European tracks that obtain warm ups and cool downs. more moisture. This indicates that l Minimum period of slower work when resuming from a spell speed rather than strength conformation may be advantageous before gallops are asked of a horse. on our surfaces. Speed or long-striding conformation can lead to l Trials a pre-requisite to racing after layoffs thus not allowing greater pressure on the higher placed knee during the stance stage trainers to put their horse at risk in attempting to steal races first up of a gallop and its fetlock often bottoming out on the turf due to by relying solely on a champions class as opposed to its fitness. the pastern s increased slope and longer length. The looser nature of l Additional low-impact specialised resistance-training methods the longer striding conformation may also lead to greater ballistic which stress a horse s system without weight on its back or legs stretching of a dangerous nature as described above. Of course examples being swimming and water walking exercises. Australia s ever-increasing dry climate can also lead to tracks with an l Utilisation of elastic skins applied to the horse s lower limbs unforgiving firmness. designed to keep muscles in correct formation during work and A champion racehorse is designed for speed and expects to gallop aid circulation and recovery when stabled. on a high quality track. At competitive racing speeds it has little l Making it compulsory for all racehorses to wear thicker absorbent in hand to allow for an uneven surface therefore any unexpected layered plates replacing the currently used thinner and lighter deviation can increase the impact and forcefully stretch the lower racing plates that have been designed primarily for speed. joints beyond their normal range. Supporting the argument against l Regularly placed in large day yards where possible. the combination of fast turf tracks and long striding types is the l Application of re-hydration solutions cold and massage therapy Melbourne Cup. Although distance is undoubtedly a major factor post race. until recent times it was also commonly run on a dry comparatively l Log books detailing training routines recovery appetite etc. hard racing surface. Despite initial reluctance and opposition from some local trainers the modern no fast tracks and or policy of No doubt many trainers already employ the above procedures preparing tracks with some give from Racing Victoria certainly and more as standard and it may just be a case of giving the smaller appears to have been a move in the right direction. stables of champions the option of obtaining further funds to cover So what type of action can be considered to help prevent our the additional costs of the soundness precautions. future champions breaking down By taking it a step further the racing industry could set up a Many experienced trainers strongly suggest against placing program that not only identifies champions but also places them thoroughbreds in cotton wool arguing that over the longer term it in a funded and tailor-made injury prevention program designed leaves them prone to weakness and injury. There is certainly merit in closely in conjunction with their trainer s requirements. these thoughts and no doubt they may be true for the great majority Horseracing traditionally lags behind other sports in training of the thoroughbred racing population. advances. Trial and error with an expensive racehorse can be a costly But considering the champions unique traits should we look exercise leaving most trainers to rely on the tried and tested methods upon them in a different light strictly as individuals who need of past generations. This is probably reflected in the fact that despite special attention. Are what some consider the harder training selective breeding improved nutrition and modern training aids in routines employed by Australian trainers that includes regular fast comparison to other sports actual race times have not significantly work just asking for too much from our elite champions that may improved over time. already be pushing the threshold and their own luck with every It may be time for our Government bodies and racing s own gallop administrators to seriously take into account the advances of Can we take appropriate precautions allowing for the extra modern sports science which has been successfully applied in many effort and forces champions are likely to contend with Can we go Olympic sports and further fund research into injury prevention the extra yard and give them every chance to be properly prepared directing it towards horseracing now Australia s fourth largest and to fully recover from each gallop The beginnings of strained industry. h tendons or hairline fractures can be impossible to diagnose for 62 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS VIN COX Bloodstock Agent Vin Cox Bloodstock DEAN WATT Syndicator Dynamic Syndications SAM FAIRGRAY Operations Manager Arrowfield Stud DAVID PAYNE Trainer David Payne Racing Stables JOHN BROCKLEBANK Pinhooker BC3 Australia THE GREAT CONFORMATION DEBATE The all-important yearling parade. Yearling buyers are increasingly demanding on physical characteristics of young horses. Merissa Borg approached 5 industry experts for their thoughts on what constitutes good conformation. hat are the best indicators of good conformation and what do you look for Vin Athleticism is the most revealing factor you can pick which ones are athletic and which ones aren t. Athleticism is different for speed horses and stayers. Sprinters should have a good strong hindquarter and shoulder muscly and a short back. Stayers are taller and leaner less chunky. It is important to identify if the horses pedigree fits with the horse in front of you that it looks like what it was bred to do. Dean First of all we do a lot of work before we get to the sale rating each horse in the catalogue. We use our pedigree rating system based on key proven sire line crosses over the dam line then we only look at these horses that fit our criteria. The horse has to have athleticism and pedigree it has to look like what it is bred to do. We also concentrate on the genetics of the horse and proven nicks because 75% of stakes winners come from 25% of the horse population. The horse has to have the size strength and scope as well as good bone and maturity. It is important to be strong behind a long croup and overall athleticism to marry their pedigree page. Sam First impressions are usually the best indicators of good conformation. A horse that stands balanced and carries him herself will immediately attract the eye. A horse with a good length of rein a good hip and a sloping shoulder are additional indicators of good conformation. David The knees have to be true and the leg must not deviate. I have bought my best horses on first impression and they must be athletic. John Good conformation is a whole package and although all shapes and sizes a horse needs to look like an athlete. An intelligent head and clear eye sloping shoulder and loose walk are important to me with strength behind. What are forgivable faults Vin You can forgive anything to a degree. Most people write down all the faults of the horse so it is worth putting on the other hat to see what the horses good points are. For every rule there is an exception so it is more the degree of fault that I m concerned with. Dean You want a horse to be as close to correct as possible to eliminate the risks. If in doubt rule it out. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 63 W BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS In the sales arena Super Impose a magnificent specimen Sam Forgivable faults would include sickle hocks there have been many good racehorses with sickle hocks. Ugly heads horses do not need a pretty head to run fast. David There are too many to mention. John Not sure if you can regard it as a fault but scars. It gives a horse some character and is likely to put others off without good reason. What conformation faults are unacceptable Dean Offset toeing in or out. To some degree you can accept this but it is better to get as close to correct as possible in order to eliminate the risks. Sam A yearling that is back at the knee. Horses that are back at the knee are more likely to breakdown. I also won t forgive offset knees with leg deviations. David If a horse puts his hoof down and the hoof does not touch down flat then you can t accept this. John Long pasterns for me are an issue. What effect have digital X-rays had on buyers and the quality of yearlings offered Vin Initially there was mass hysteria however personally I think they are over rated. Largely what is on x-rays can be cured in time. What you re looking for in x-rays is the basket case the horse that will not run however usually this horse doesn t look right before you see the x-rays. I think scoping is the more important issue. Dean Very important absolutely believe in these for quality assurance. Sam They have given purchasers more confidence in the product they are buying it has not necessarily produced yearlings of better quality. It has made it easier for buyers to make an informed decision of what they will and won t accept. They allow vets to magnify suspect areas of the x-ray and overall digital x-rays provide a significantly clearer picture than the traditional films. David I think they are a waste of time and money. John It has forced breeders to bring yearlings to sales that don t have major issues on X-Ray while those with problems are kept home or sold at a lesser grade sale. What traits do you think are passed on to offspring What do you look for in a future breeding prospect Vin When I m inspecting broodmares it is the size and space that is important. You need space for the foal to develop and this will ensure it has the best chance to grow. Leg faults and traits are not necessarily passed on. Sam Temperament is a very important part of the make up of a horse. This is a trait the progeny usually inherit from the sire or dam. Size and muscle mass is also passed on from the parentage. David The hocks. John Speed and ability you would hope but more often than not it is temperament. How important is the yearling parade What are you looking for from different perspectives i.e. front on walking away and passing side on Dean We are very critical of the front legs. They need good biomechanical action and overstep. For a sprinter the length of cannon bone is paramount the shorter the better. You want a long for-arm to reach out then a short cannon to hit break over and get out of the way. The length and angle of the pastern is very important you want good angulation to the pastern. Sam Very important. I look for a horse who places his her foot down evenly and one who moves with an easy flowing motion. A horse that walks into his her stride quickly and lowers his her head at the walk is preferable to the yearling that doesn t. David It is not important. It is just to get buyers interested in a cattle parade. John The parade is important as they need to be a good mover and fluid with a good over-step from side on and breaking straight through from front on. What do you look for in hoof structure i.e. shape size angle Vin You want good size and tone to the foot not too small and constricted or a great big dinner plate either. Dean Feet are everything. You don t want a flat-footed boxy or club footed horse. Good shape and size are important. 64 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM BREEDING RACING CELEBRATES EDITIONS Sam A horse s hoof must have strong walls with good shape and angles. Feet should be a matching pair. A contracted hoof heels or a horse with straight hoof walls is undesirable. David I hate flat feet and I look to see any if there are any cracks. John An even foot that isn t too big or small and has the angle of the pastern. You have such good farriers out here in Australia compared to back home in the USA. How do you rank the importance of pedigree conformation temperament and looks presence when buying a yearling Vin It s a combination of all. There is any number of factors that can go into a racehorse not least of all the jockey onboard on race day. There are many factors that can come into it and have an impact on the end result. Conformation and pedigree is obviously most important. The horse s temperament also needs to be considered as you don t want a hot-headed stressed horse that won t eat or train. Dean Pedigree and proven genetics are the most important and correct conformation is equally important. Temperament is also significant however you need to take into account the environment as the stress of an unbroken baby can be misread. Sam Conformation is the most important component when selecting a horse. A horse with the right physique is more appealing in terms of its athletic potential. Temperament is also important for when the pressure of race-day is applied horses need to be able to manage the situation. The ideal horse would have an equal blend of conformation temperament and pedigree. David If they are athletic then they will rank highly. John Being a pin-hooker I rely on a well-conformed good-looking horse. Temperament is important more with a view to possible vices. Pedigree is important for me in that it needs to be commercial but at the same time a pedigree is no good to me if the horse can t run. With regards to bone how important is it because of our dry continent and hard tracks Vin In the northern hemisphere the horses are lighter boned. If you ask any northern hemisphere buyer that comes down here it is the amount of bone that strikes them the most. We do have a lot more bone in our horses and while you don t want too heavy boned you certainly don t want light boned. Dean You need to have good bone not lightly boned to withstand the impact of concussion from our hard tracks and to cope with the workload. Sam Bone is the shock absorber of a horse therefore the more bone the better a horse can absorb concussion. A lighter boned individual would tend to feel firm tracks more so than a horse with good bone. Bone should be assessed relative to the size of the horse and fillies generally speaking will be forgiven for having less bone than colts. David I prefer a horse with good thick bone. John Bone needs to be properly conditioned to cope with the rigors of racing. I don t think you buy it as much as you build it. What concerns do buyers have regarding OCDs joint issues and surgery Vin Again it s the degree of the issue. You would rather not have OCDs but they can be fixed over time. Plenty of horses that had OCDs as yearlings and are now good horses on the track. Its what you can live with. Dean You don t want to start with problems because time is money and we are in the business of risk elimination. Sam Purchasing a yearling that has had surgery is a positive in many ways it has already had its problems fixed. However depending on which joint the problem exists in a buyer must consider whether the completed surgery has already or has the potential to cause further damage which could lead to arthritis etc. A horse with a progressive OCD lesion can cause the buyer concern as they do not know to what extent the OCD is going to develop. David When buying yearlings it is not that important because they are immature and they usually grow out of these issues. John I think that vets are the ones who have the most experience and you need to take advice from a vet that you can trust. Like everything it is only a part of the picture and needs to be considered along with all the other aspects. Is there any merit to so called old wives tales regarding the width under the jaw and over-tracking in stride Vin I like to see a horse with a good overstep as it generally shows that the horse has good action and is a fairly athletic type. The width of the jowl comes back to the scoping issue which is an issue that needs addressing. The amount of times a slight issue has been returned from a post-sale scope in my experience 100% of these horses never come right. Dean The width of the jowl is very important for projecting future performance as scoping doesn t define this wind flow is critical and statistics prove it is not an old wives tale. Over-tracking is also essential I want to see at least a 6-7 inch over-step. They have to walk with impulsion push off strong and show strength through the hind. They have to be biomechanically correct. Sam Length of stride is important as this indicates how much ground a horses will cover in one movement. The longer the stride the less strides a horse needs to take to complete a set distance. Width of jaw has some merit as this can be related to airflow but I have seen many good horses without large jaws. The will to run and win is the major ingredient for a successful racehorse. Alas this cannot be judged at a yearling sale. David It is very important. I like a wide jaw and a good walker. John I know guys with big noses and jaws that can t out run Usain Bolt. Everyone likes something different I suppose and that s why pretty much every horse finds a home. How important is scoping Vin The issue with scoping is important. At the northern hemisphere sales scoping can be done pre-sale and you are able to view results before the sale. The throat is the carburettor of the horse if you can t get air in you ve got no horse. At the moment buyers are at the whim of the auctioneer and are bound by the conditions of the sale. Our system is archaic and is very heavily weighted towards the breeder vendor. Dean Scoping is vital for picking up slight problems and wind issues. Sam Scoping gives the buyer evidence that the horses does not have any restriction of air intake while running therefore it is very important to the buyer. David It is a necessity when buying a potential racehorse. John Very important. Although throat surgery is improving nobody wants to find out a week later that they bought a roarer. Could you name any standout racehorses breeding stock which you believe to be well conformed and one s that weren t so well conformed Vin Couldn t really say one way or another. Comes back to the adage for every rule there is an exception. Dean Beautiful Crown filly Tenant s Tiara could not be faulted her on conformation and to date has had seven starts for four wins and two seconds a superb record. Causeyacan (Giant s CausewayC yaontheotherside) has magnificent conformation and has had nine starts for six wins and one second to date. Sam Flying Spur is an outstanding looking individual with excellent conformation. A horse whose leg conformation is reportedly poor yet who has been an outstanding racehorse would be Takeover Target. David There are too many to mention. John It s hard for me having been out to Australia only one year. 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Luskin Park Stud Miranda Park Oakford Thoroughbred Farm Orange Grove Thoroughbreds Patinack Farm Phoenix Broodmare Farm Rockmount Rosewood Park Agistment Ryga Park Sefton Park Stud Timor Creek Stud Vinery Stud Willowbend Stud Yallambee Stud BLOODSTOCK AGENTS Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia 80 Hancox Bloodstock Laurel Oak Bloodstock Magic Millions New Zealand Bloodstock William Inglis & Son BREAKING IN & PRE-TRAINING Balmoral Park Agistment Bombora Downs Cherokee Rose Stud Lauriston Park Oakford Thoroughbred Farm Rockmount Timor Creek Stud 73 74 75 87 91 93 97 INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS Industry Organisations Aushorse 72 INCENTIVE SCHEMES Racing Victoria (Super VOBIS) SABOIS 92 95 83 86 88 90 99 HORSE WALKERS Equine Auto Trainer Waterjet (AquaTrainer) 79 98 PRODUCTS & SERVICES AAP Racing Information Services Arion Pedigrees Austbrokers Brain Pedigree Analysis D-C Freeze Branding Services David Payne Diamond Mesh Fencing E-Quine Insurance Services E-Trakka Equine Auto Trainer 70 71 72 74 77 77 77 78 78 79 GAMING & WAGERING Colin Tidy Betchoice 75 PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Hart Photographics 96 70 70 71 73 73 73 74 74 75 76 76 78 79 81 82 82 83 87 87 87 89 91 91 92 92 93 94 94 95 97 98 99 99 FOALING ALARMS Magic Breed FREEZE BRANDING D-C Freeze Branding Services 77 88 PEDIGREE ANALYSIS Australian Stud Book Brain Pedigree Analysis Laurel Oak Bloodstock 72 74 86 FENCING Diamond Mesh Fencing Flexafence Horse Rail 77 80 84 MEMBERSHIP Geelong Racing Club Seymour Racing Club Victoria Racing Club Werribee Racing Club 81 96 97 98 EQUINE STUDIES Glenormiston College (TAFE) Marcus Oldham College NMIT (Northern Lodge Stud) 82 88 91 MARKETING & PROMOTIONS MiStable Steve Hart Photographics 89 96 EQUINE NUTRITION Equine Performance International Animal Health Products James & Son Stock Feeds Kensington Produce Kentucky Equine Research Mitavite 79 84 85 86 86 90 MEDIA AAP Racing Information Services 70 LEGAL SERVICES & SOLICITORS Gabriel Ruddy & Garrett 81 EQUINE HEALTH Diamond Mesh Fencing E-Trakka Equine Auto Trainer Equine Performance Flexafence Horse Rail International Animal Health Products James & Son Stock Feeds Kensington Produce Kentucky Equine Research Medi Ice Pak Australia - Ice 4 Horses Mitavite Waterjet (AquaTrainer) 77 78 79 79 80 84 84 85 86 86 89 90 98 INSURANCE Austbrokers E-Quine Insurance Services Fitton Insurance IRT Insurance Magic Millions New Zealand Bloodstock Newmarket Insurance Brokers William Inglis & Son 72 78 80 85 88 90 90 99 Australian Stud Book Racing Victoria (Super VOBIS) Racing Victoria LTD SABOIS Tasmanian Racing Club Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria 72 92 93 95 96 97 Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia 80 Commercial Thoroughbred Breeders S .A . 75 Commercial Thoroughbred Breeders S .A . 75 68 2012 THOROUGHBRED WEBSITE & INDUSTRY DIRECTORY Equine Performance Fitton Insurance Flexafence Gabriel Ruddy & Garrett Gow-Gates Hancox Bloodstock Horse Rail International Animal Health Products International Racehorse Transport IRT Insurance James & Son Stock Feeds Kensington Produce Kentucky Equine Research Laurel Oak Bloodstock Magic Breed Medi Ice Pak Australia - Ice 4 Horses MiStable Mitavite Newmarket Insurance Brokers Rockmount Rudds Horse Transport Waterjet (AquaTrainer) RACE CLUBS Geelong Racing Club Seymour Racing Club Tasmanian Racing Club Victoria Racing Club Werribee Racing Club RACE FORM AAP Racing Information Services Arion Pedigrees Colin Tidy Betchoice RACE PREPARATION Rockmount RACE RESULTS AAP Racing Information Services Arion Pedigrees Colin Tidy Betchoice RUNNING RAILS Horse Rail SALES COMPANIES Magic Millions New Zealand Bloodstock William Inglis & Son SALES PREPARATION Allandale Park Thoroughbreds 70 88 90 99 SYNDICATION Aquanita Racing 71 Commercial Thoroughbred Breeders S .A . 75 84 70 71 75 93 70 71 75 STUD (STALLION) FARMS Allandale Park Thoroughbreds Arrowfield Stud Blue Gum Farm Bombora Downs Burwood Stud Cherokee Rose Stud Cromartry Park Heytesbury Stud Patinack Farm Red Arrow (Blue Gum Farm) Vinery Stud Willowbend Stud Yallambee Stud 70 71 73 74 74 75 76 83 92 93 98 99 99 81 96 96 97 98 79 80 80 81 83 83 84 84 84 85 85 86 86 86 88 89 89 90 90 93 94 98 Amarina Farm Arrowfield Stud Balmoral Park Agistment Basinghall Farm Blue Gum Farm Bombora Downs Burwood Stud Cherokee Rose Stud Cromartry Park Edinburgh Park Edinglassie Stud Glenfern Park Goulburn Park Heytesbury Stud Lauriston Park Little Hills Pastoral Co . Luskin Park Stud Miranda Park Oakford Thoroughbred Farm Orange Grove Thoroughbreds Patinack Farm Phoenix Broodmare Farm Rosewood Park Agistment Ryga Park Sefton Park Stud Timor Creek Stud Vinery Stud Willowbend Stud Yallambee Stud SIRE TABLES AAP Racing Information Services Arion Pedigrees 70 71 70 71 73 73 73 74 74 75 76 78 79 81 82 83 87 87 87 89 91 91 92 92 94 94 95 97 98 99 99 YEARLING VENDORS Allandale Park Thoroughbreds Amarina Farm Arrowfield Stud Balmoral Park Agistment Basinghall Farm Blue Gum Farm Bombora Downs Burwood Stud Cherokee Rose Stud Coral View Lodge Stud Cressfield Cromartry Park Edinburgh Park Edinglassie Stud Glenfern Park Heytesbury Stud Lauriston Park Little Hills Pastoral Co . 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