Waldgeist, the prodigious sire



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A racing individual he gallops fierce – flirts to competition. img_20200321_162143-01487311196.jpeg

He’s Waldgeist by Galileo from Waldlerche (GB) ex- Monsun.

Notably, ‘the-One’ defeating the noblest mare, Enable (Nathaniel) to win the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He defeated many of the elite’s like Japan (Galileo).

Waldgeist the female family 5-H  deemed the ‘W’ family. (n.b. 5-H is not to be confused to Special/Thong/Simon Shoes 5H family) ‘

Finest European breeding as is Waldgeist’s sire Galileo, as was his sire the great Sadlers Wells, & Waldgeist has too that familiar ‘depth’.


Through his maternal genetics: German quality cometh where he Impresses a ‘pattern-type’ re-emergence, a classic genotype to smarten any mare. He’s built not only upon a stamina/stayer capacity, but with propensity to correctly Breed.

The broodmare sire offers the up-grade.

Pin-point mighty Monsun – his pedigree in-bred via, maternal only →Hyperion (Gainsborough) but emphasis particularly sourced across, both to son and daughter of  dam Kaiserwurde (f.f. 5h) & sire, Nebelwerfer. Kaiserwurde is a German-brand: synonymous to breeding German classic-type winning horses.

The Monsun’s – Schiaparelli (German Derby winner), Manduro (Best 2007 World Horse Rankings), Stacelita (2006 Eclipse champion Turf Female), Shirocco (2005 German Horse of the Year), Novellist (2013 German Horse of the Year, Getaway, Vadamos …..

Monsun’s have acquired ‘reputation’ in Australia – Melbourne cup winners Protectionist, Fiorente and Almandin.

Back with Galileo. Galileo’s prince-son Frankel may carry the ‘G’ crown where $analysis$ determined Galileo/Danehill had nick magic.

I however, never went convinced. Each to their own but the catalyst to Galileo across grand-dam, Rainbow Lake genetics, was a truer ‘bulls-eye’. Not only does Rainbow Lake amass 52x St Simon but another Important strain/influences the ‘building’.

⇒ 3rd dam sire Persian Gulf by Bahram (Blandford). Stage Door Johnny 2nd dam sire             Calddarium by Brantome (Blandford). Rainbow Quest 4th dam sire His Grace     (Blandford) & Blushing Groom 3rd dam sire Umidar (Blandford)

Due to ideal breeding intelligence, Shadai Farm (Japan) perhaps also ‘saw’ influences much stronger. They bred a Monsun mare to Frankel & it produced their champion 2 year & 3 year old G1 winning filly and she also was Frankel’s 1st G.1 winner by the name of Soul Stirring (JPN).

 “as breeding does, time always tells”

A winged electric – Pinatubo again confirmed to where n’ whom the individual Blandford, might be decidedly viewed. The firm, Classic of Classic Influence.



“though forgotten, they come back”

His steady influences within bloodlines, the Determination(s) of how a family ‘trait’ influences pedigrees, are all necessary to formulate How, an Individual is Bred, to its Strength.

Considerations: how it is rightly reinforced, directed,  and carried back into the pedigree.

Thus seek the layout which has both ancestral foundation & layer-built bloodlines.


Galileo – 36X St Simon & seek where the Blandford influences come maternally Direct (via Urban Sea) via Expresso →Babylon→Bahram→Blandford. To →Tantieme, grand-dam La Furka by Blandford.

Galileo by Sadlers Wells, maternal family ⇒ a Blandford daughter, Dalmary

BMS – Monsun (descendant male line of Bahram, by Blandford). His 2nd dam sire Tiepoletto →Blue Skies (Blandford). Monsun’s dam Mosella →Reliance→Tantieme from La Furka by Blandford. Monsun inbred to noted german broodmare Kaiseradler f.f.5-h. Monsun – carries 52X, St Simon


      – Darshaan (inbred to Umidar/Blandford)

Acatenango – 46x St Simon (n.b. Acatenango – the BMS  of Dalicia, producer of Animal Kingdom (USA)


Waldgeist’s dam, the G.3 winning Waldlerche 38x St Simon . 18x Blandford via Bahram, Blue Skies, La Furka,  Blenheim, Harina, Umidar, Brantome, Armoise.

– Walderche inbred to Surumu →Birkhahn→Alchimist these are subtle but also of key influences to Galileo, Alchimist 6dx6d – Alchimist was slaughtered for food when the Russians swept into Germany at the end of WWII.


Birkhahn –  awkwardly ‘wrong place, wrong time’ post WWII, where English & French breeders were adverse to anything of German blood.


Clearly, Waldgeist is absolute –  where his racing record for G1 performance, particularly up to 5 years top-level racing is an achievement benchmark – the proven soundness, quality durable. 

    – to exploit his dam’s German bloodlines, he is not only a classic-breeder Individual and assuredly, a faultless one.

It is always interesting to view the ‘collective’ evolutionary growth of the thoroughbred, the stratum across, through to the contemporary & present-day lines. Here one may understand what ‘contribution’ really means & importantly where it comes from to how, Q for quality stays.

Peter Willett (bloodstock author, 1981) – “West German breeding has been able to make a contribution to the evolution of the Classic racehorse in the quarter of a century as a result of special circumstances and the unique opportunity which (they) have presented for effective outcrossing”.

Ross du Bourg – Australian bloodstock writer ” The decision to honour Blandford, by placing him above Hyperion at the top of the stamina ladder, is a prime example of the gradual metamorphosis.…..By 1990 the time was ripe to unite all the varying effective branches of Blandford, such as Donatello II, Bahram, Brantome, and Midstream. under the one, all-enveloping banner – the mighty Blandford himself!

(on German bloodstock, Julian Bedford, racing journalist, 1989 ) …strength in stamina made for weakness in the market. Too much stamina scared away commercial breeders and trainers who looked for a sharper type of horse.

TBL comments “hopefully breeders/trainers/syndication interests might understand long-term assets are a dividend rewarded




 Waldgeist – translates, a forest spirit

 Waldgeist’s stands at Ballylinch stud, Ireland.



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A winged electric – Pinatubo



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The Omega Pedigree – Pinatubo (Shamardal ex-Lava Flow by Dalakhani) – female family 7-a.

To all great strains, cometh the finest veins through the unbeaten superior colt Pinatubo to his 6 defiant wins over 6 to 7 furlongs.

Pinatubo’s current Time Rating stands at 128.

Shamardal – 4x, G.1 winner. What we pursue….. is character breeding, character stamped. A son of Giant’s Causeway, grand-daddy Storm Cat to the female family of Street Cry, Helsinki by BMS Machiavellian, the compelling in-roads for both, genotype and phenotype.

‘P’s’ dam, Lava Flow the grand-daughter of penetrative influence Kris/Sharpen Up Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one .

Forget close in-breeding and seek Progenitor/Conduit. Cross into Giant Causeway – Halo – Misawaki – Troy – Roberto – Darshaan – Kris – et al

Go back through maternal’s/distaff genetic corridor and where folded through influences come-on-home, where assessed at 9 – 10th removes.

Pedigree is not only history: it is exploratory rather than duplication. There finds a genetic ‘conduit’ electricity. It remains.


Establishing superior classic is to reveal the Balance Sheet: it goes by original chef-de-race aptitude factors. Reference, Franco Varola’s, Typology of the Racehorse.
“…to make clear that by balanced breeding I do not mean a mere literal transcription of identical figures, but a broader concept of equilibrium of influences” Varola
Pinatubo – dosage profile 1-12-19-5-1 (brilliant, intermediate, classic, solid, professional.

In particular focus, one esteemed classic individual. He is BLANDFORD.


Blandford was imperfect, but the honest-breeder, with ability passed over to his stallion sons. He, & they however, went accompanied by not only multiple events unfortunate, but also an almost, untoward bias.

Frankly he deserves Sanctification. Every contemporary superior pedigree pays-up, his enormous influential Strain.

By Varola’s account – classic classification (represented an ability by an elite group to run in the Classic races) the chefs-de-race sire, Blandford (Swynford) went on to influence emphatically the Quality. Interestingly, Varola suggests…of more so quality, than the highly-esteemed and accepted breed-shapers Hyperion or Nearco (n.b. these two assigned chefs-de-race Brilliant.

By Varola’s reason, it went due to the time-frames: mares by Hyperion and or Nearco, as they serviced each other’s mare. Their opportunity on a breeding plate – where as Blandford alone, sired over somewhat lesser stock, plus by shorter spans to his progeny.

At stud he was extremely slow to cover and would at times, stand behind his mare for 15 minutes or more before deciding to accomplish the deed.

Blandford sired four Epsom Derby winners in seven years !!!

By Blandford, they were Bahram – Trigo – Blenheim – Windsor Lad

Plus – Brantome, in France won the French 2,000Guineas, St. Leger, Gold Cup, etc.

From other expert accounts, Blandford’s progeny went (oddly) not regarded for toughness, but had abundant class, despite an uncertainty to his questionable fertility & soundness issues.

In Blandford’s later years, a horror for Irish breeders came due to an imposition of a 40% tax on bloodstock imported from Ireland as was imposed by the British government. His remaining years before his death were spent in England.


Blandford Yard – Irish National Stud (photo by TBL)

Blandford Yard – Irish National Stud (photo by TBL)

Possibly his ‘said’ health issues went with pneumonia as a foal. He survived those odds, almost by his divine will. So ill was Blandford, it had appeared to his vet, sheer hopelessness and it is said, the stud manager directed him to be taken away.

For Blandford, either Fate or Destiny pursued many of his sons. The fate: a virtual loss of top male Epsom Derby winners from his native home & breeding ground, to the benefit of USA & Argentina.

i) the forced sale by the late Aga Khan of Blenheim and Bahram to the US. Bahram was later exported to Argentina.

ii) the forced removal of Brantome from France during World War II & the premature death of Brantome’s son Pensbury.

iii) Trigo – a failure at stud.

iv) Windsor Lad, unable to carry on stud duty due to a brain tumour.

And Blandford’s son Badruddin, was sent to Argentina

Numerous ‘outside factors’ took heavy consequence; his genetic supremacy should of had given far, far more to the world.

I cannot help feeling that Bahram would have contributed a great deal more to bloodstock the world over, if he had never left his native shores. Sir Charles Leiceister
“There is no escaping the fact the old parents have a tremendous influence on the build-up of bloodlines, in spite of their numerical inferiority compared to young and middle-aged progenitors.” Sir Charles Leiceister

Where does Blandford begin to influence Pinutabo?

Answer: maternal distaff influences, how they become, how they build…..

⇒ 6th distaff dam → B flat, the sire Chanteur → Blue Skies (Blandford)

4th dam sire Artaius (USA) → My Babu → Badruddin (Blandford) (*n.b. Artaius 17x’s *Isonomy) (read on below)

3rd dam sire Kris → Soft Angels →Crepello→→ Blenheim (Blandford

⇑ Reliance/Tantiemme →→La Furka (Blandford)

Sadlers Wells →Thong→Dalmary (2) (Blandford) + Blenheim (2) (Blandford)

Daltawa – 4x’s Blenheim (Blandford) via Mumtaz Begum, Donatello
Darshaan, dam’s sire Ambdos → 2x Umidor (Blandford)

Helen Street – 8x’s via Blenheim, Blue skies, Wild Violet, Bahram (Blandford)

Machiavellian – 5x’s, via Blenheim, Minnewaska (Blandford) – n.b. Minnewaska , 4th dam of Tom Rolfe

Mariah’s Storm – 11x’s via Blenheim, Wild Violet, Umidar, Minnewaska (Blandford)

Storm Cat – not Blandford however, 17x’s to *Isonomy; inbred via Blandford (see below)
Blandford infusion upon the acclaimed Thong female family 5h, via Special. Thus history made and prophecy’s tell the future: makes pedigree Nureyev, Sadlers Wells and those famous sons run on….

Blandford, the sire of Blenheim, sire of Brantome, sire of Bahram: the three sons ARE also with designation, chefs-de-race classic.

Blandford’s prowess is the honest resilient and natural, classic tenacity. The ancestral lines emphasize a strong disposition through *Isonomy whom ran from 2 years to 5 years, notably his feat of a Triple Crown winner under exhausting weights and conditions of those times. Galopin, with the updated genomic recourse to being a descendant of Herod’s and doubly Hermit to indicate Blandford is pure source.

So how did Blandford’s relevance fade as the Nearco/Phalaris ‘Brilliant’ dosage precedence (akin to mostly, 2 year precociousness)) take hold. The graph below depicts the working Passage upon Breeding Population and thus left the ‘bold’ Blandford (as aptitude balance) to a ‘durability’ slowly erased.


And note….Bahram is the male line to the great German bred, Monsun and notice his maternal Tantieme from dam La Furka (Blandford)

Blandford to re-capture, re-emerge, catalyze to the more diligently refined classic: for the lasting and greater future of Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

Just like Pinatubo.
Charlie Appleby (trainer) on Pinatubo. “He’s an interesting character. He’s very laid back”.

“breath-taking” G. Smith (handicapper)

Pinatubo is also the name of a volcano in the Philippine’s (Mount Pinatubo)

cheers for now,


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*Great Reading on Blandford – https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/unfashionable-unsound-and-lacking-virility-yet-young-stallion-became-sensation-stud/


Blenheim II – Important Pedigree Ingredient

Reference material – Typology of the Racehorse – Franco Varola

Bloodstock Breeding – Sir Charles Leicester


Hanseatic (AUS) – Black Caviar female family


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Hanseatic by Street Boss (USA) from Itameri (Aus) ex-Exceed and Excel

Hanseatic (rating 72) – the exciting 2 year old Australian chestnut colt owned and bred by Goldolphin.

Three starts, three wins demonstrating his perfect outright class.

This is a pedigree which draws attention to the colts 3rd dam Scandinavia, by Snippets. It is the same distaff to the unbeaten Black Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigree and her 1/2 brother sire All Too Hard (Casino Prince).

Take note – Female family 1-P – it is a distinguishing strain that mints sprinting prowess.

Hanseatic’s sire Street Boss (USA), by Street Cry (IRE) from a daughter of Ogygian (Blushing Ogygian).

Street Boss – finest n’ fastest son of the late Street Cry. This is the sting to his breeding prowess penetration.

Street Cry is pure prototype breeding – the superior phenotype.

In first instance, to researching the colt Hanseatic,  immediate thoughts went to a cross; akin to Winx’s sire, Street Cry and Black Caviar, via her maternal bloodline to Vain and Snippets (Hornbeam f.f.1-P)/Lunchtime influences.

Reflect, it is Vain’s grand sire the great Court Martial (f.f. 1-P), and to Vain’s phenomenal sire, the French-bred Sire Wilkes, his French half-brother Worden. (n.b. Street Cry’s 4th dam sire Worden, from Sans Taras. 


*Wilkes – ( Court Martial – Sans Tares, by the Solario horse Sind from Tara, by Teddy) raced only three times in his life at 3 years in France in 1955. He scored two wins, over 1500 metres and 2000 metres. A maternal half-brother to two winners of the Washington DC International turf classic in Worden II and Mahan. Wilkes was a immediate sensation producing the champion mare Wenona Girl. Wilkes was a tall, long-barralled, rich chestnut with a prominent white blaze and lone lengthy which sock to his near-hindleg. credit – Ross du Bourg

*Court Martial (Fair Trial – Instantaneous, by Hurry On, from Picture, by Gainsborough) A beautiful horse of superb quality, truly made, sound and possessed of excellent limbs…. Speed was Court Martial’s forte, which is reflected in his stock . John Hislop

Shaking up the star factor breeding, re-invigorating Vain vitality: the genotype/phenotype struck, re-emerged.

Vain also impressed by the way he could win races against top-class opponents and yet make it all look so easy.

He was able to carry many pounds over weight-for-age and still score in brilliant fashion. Kenneth Cox -Victoria Racing 1974

I believe that Vain was not only the greatest champion sprinter of the world in 1969, but is the greatest sprinter produced in the history of Australasian breeding…

Vain, the golden power-house chestnut with the rounded, rippling physique was described as ‘the greatest sprinter in the world’ by (then) rival trainer Bart Cummings. (Ross du Bourg, The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred)


VAIN – (Wilkes – Elated, by Orgoglio (photo source and credit as above + News Ltd.

Seek determining principles to sift over all strains versus an absoluteness inbreeding or to line-breeding, even when those principles ‘format’ the pedigree, as determining prepotency to polish and shine upwards, works the new genotype to phenotype.

Phenotype produces many, produces variation as really Identifying what prototype of breeding Is: distinguish what genetic- Strength through Type and Trait may give, as Intended.

What many may not realize as revolving the breeding is where, 7 generations, infusions influence the Effect, positively or otherwise. Basically the breeding has already incurred.

It is to tickle the latent, rather than heavy dosage direct.

The Hanseatic colt, female family 1-p –  gathering titanium can be sourced to Street Cry, via Troy, via Hornbeam, (n.b. Hornbeam through Snippets/Lunchtime = 2x ) via, his dam Thicket of female family 1-p, via ancestress Hilarity. Hilarity (King Tom from his dam Pocahontas, from dam Nightingale, she inbred 3x to Whalebone! Whalebone is of a Eclipse/Herod cross.

Put that through the pedigree and connect, Connect the mitochondrial bloodline afar – an interestingly, come the crafted gene of old.

Many attempt to over cook a pedigree in attempt to ‘sameness’ similarity, or over-balance, as if a requisite for more speed, which is kind of like asking for more dynamite.

It is such a case less, is more…..balancing the delicate network of strains which orchestrate a fine racehorse; throwing to a bio mechanical ability, again by ‘orchestrating’ genotype/phenotype to achieve its phenomenal speed and power.



Reference material

The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred – Ross du Bourg

The Classic Racehorse – Peter Willett

The Australasian Book of Thoroughbred Racing (Stockwell Press)

Storm the Court and California Chrome, them are patterns.


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When Japan purchased and announced California Chrome for stud, it high-lighted how astute breeding follows – just stick to the key-progenitor strains within.

Though a long time since reflecting how chrome, turns to Gold: California Chrome the breeding nutshell stands in Buckpasser through the daughter Numbered Account to CC’s dam Love the Chase, from female family A4. And to that great sire Seattle Slew, the dynamo strain maternal conduit La Troienne f.f. 1-x

His sire, Lucky, to the siring line Pulpit (sire of Tapping into – TAPIT to his dams, Olympia and that ‘PrinceLY’ Princequillo, toughness & constitution.

Bring them together and those powerful class of progenitors direct to decide the future.

When Storm The Court won the 2 year old Breeders, his back strains came to me, very familiar.

TBL held breath hoping aficionados might spot the similar binding genetic pattern as it goes upon California Chrome’s.

Storm the Court – (Court Vision by Gulch/Mr Prospector) from My Tejana Storm ex-Tejano Run.

The genotype fixes upon 2 x’s Buckpasser female family 1-x and add to that the strain 1-x assigned to Tejano (USA), the 2nd maternal sire.

Now…let’s spot the interesting STRAIN factoring to the A 4 family as belonging to Gulch’s female family and spot also – Swaps (A4). Swaps →Khaled→Hyperion.

Compare California Chrome’s tap-root female family A 4

TBL considers Olympia/Heliopolis/Hyperion siring (as strains/traits are the keys to American Pharoah pows a ‘Grand Slam’ finding Olympia to the female family 4p.

This is the same female family (4p) as Storm the Court’s. Olympia and My Tejana (dam of Storm the Court) both follow to a dam called Careless. And do note, Heliopolis (Hyperion) to his daughter Iberia, dam of Riva Ridge as My Tejana, 3rd dam sire.

Present to both CC and STC is the Irish sire, the great Caro and he is a genetic force to be reckoned with due to all goodies of ye olde genetics. Take a look why!

As always, recognizing depth and superior patterns when todays racing/breeding media cast its doubt due to unfavorable or said, ‘non-commercial’ sire when its those awesome strains which take opportunity to selection and finding quality.

Respect that.







Nature & Inheritance via, So You Think (NZ)


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The depths to ancestral-familial in-breeding its tied blood-relationship through their evolutionary generations cannot ever be underestimated. The ‘core’ of it all.

The tool used to evaluating female strains, majorly exercised as trait contributors, shall work at genetic memory to imprint pedigree prototype.

The nutshell of breeding practice is to EXPRESS or reserve the quality attributed as to re-produce its superior prototype.

A program-development to gain prototype over generation(s). i.e. the knitting of attributes until it produces (correctly) the desired prototype (for its racing purpose) – its phenotype from superior desirable traits ‘cuts’ to its genotype.

Regrettably, a breeding of grand philosophic style, has fast deteriorated where market over-rules rise n’ fall breeding hastens and scrambles alongside the ever ‘softening’ of racing opportunity.

Nevertheless…. continuing to interpret bloodlines and inter-penetrating patterns is to identify: distinguish the beautiful knowledge of targeted inheritance through remembering superior prototype quality of the unforgettable.

The subject horse and sire: – So You Think (NZ) by High Chaparrel from Triassac (Tights), the genetics certainly ripened as she, an old noncommercial pet broodmare whose past breeding-racing producer history went ‘zero’.


The boutique breeder has older large broodmare. She goes to quality sire of well- balanced phenotype. The irony is, no pedigree gets an international champion.

Pedigrees at phenotype ⇔ genotype ⇔ prototype will tell by piecing detail; prototype/archetypal model of thoroughbred ecology, its evolutionary ‘fitness’. Archetypal factor which established Thoroughbred hybrid species through a functional effective.

(n.b. ‘functional effective’ means TBL took an appraising eye to ground-level height, where I viewed a fascinating spectrum: pick a horses ease and mobility from beneath to its hoof/pastern precision, to knee-fore-leg, to shoulder and through along smooth n’ easy ….to its lightness of feet sweeping ground. Now that shook TBL’s on-course punting experience to a new-level!)

Work at breeding, going forward generations, infused lines, the grand-dam sire has far more concentrated influence(s) and should be thoughtfully scrutinized. This is, So You Think, his grand-dam sire Long Row (GB)

Long Row a stakes winner was bred in England 1972 and came to New Zealand 1977 for stud duties.

Raced from two to five years Long Row won the Houghton Stales L. at Newmarket over 14oom and the Horris Hill Stakes Gr. 2 over 145om at Newury. Both wins were on good going. At four he was again a stakes winner, in the Prix Chavlier de Stuers over 1600m at Ostend, Belgium. Long Row started 28 times for seven wins and four places, racing well on any type of going and winning up to 1600m.

Long Row’s sire, the Rockefella horse named Linacre, won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and other stakes races at four years when he was rated best of his age. Retired to the Irish National Stud, Linacre died in 1979 having left many stakes and other winners, the being being Black Satin, the Irish 1,000 winner. His offspring were generally in his mould though there was the occasional stayer like Alto Volante who won the Yorkshire Cup Gr.2. The sire line traces to Hyperion, whose major influence is Australasia has been through his grandson Star Kingdom.

Long Row is well related on his dam side. His dam was the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Front Row, a daughter of Epaulette (GB). Second dam Panaview, by Panaslipper, produced four stakes winners, including the Adelaide Cup Gr.1 Panamint and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner, dam of the top class American horse Czaravich.

This is the family of April Run, one of Europe’s best three year old fillies, champion older mare at four in France and champion grass mare in America. It is an ongoing family that has left high class winners every generation. Long Row carries three crosses of speed influence Panorama 3 x 5 x5. (side note: Panorama’s precocity & speed where his hallmarks. His progeny frequently exhibited same. To Irish breeding, he was considered reliable to inject vital spark of space into distaff pedigrees which apparently had lost their potency).

Long Row, a brown horse standing 16.1 unshod………His best offspring have been Getting Closer, winner of the BATC Rothmans Hundred Thousand Gr. 1, WATC Swan Brewery Railway Stakes Gr.1, two Gr. 2 races and one Gr. 3 race, Row of Waves, winner of the AJC Doncaster Hadicap Gr, 1 Silver Row, Era of Triumph and Bronze Valley. His best off spring are sprinter-milers, but several have shown aptitude at middle distances. They appear to be able to race well on all types of going. (credit & source – Stallions and Studs of New Zealand, Bill Cox)

Long Row’s pedigree profile, reveals gold-mines ‘gold’ trait individuals influence many true champions.

The exact detail missed by many S.Y.T article reviews that has Long Row, doubled of female-family 15-a (via, Epaulette & Linacre) they through to a dam named Fortunedale (GB) 7dx7d, a mitochondrial DNA…..!!! ( L2b1a)

** Long-Row is a ‘trait’ contributor to New Zealand pedigrees of great mare Horlicks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horlicks_(horse) and Volkstok’n’ Barrel (Tavistock)

Breaking it down, its telling of the familiar nucleus ‘wave’, the evolutionary back-bone of the thoroughbred. The X-factor identification to recognize, is that of the Bald Galloway from the Grey Why-Not mare. The one and same nucleus family to Blank by Godolphin Arabian from Amorett.

The nucleus is infinite. From blog, Winx came from Herod  one might like to note and research biological and evolutionary factors from  Royal mares: the Galloway breed due to its ecology (at-distance ability) bio-mechanical/functional efficiency complexity. It is physics and balance and it all starts somewhere…..!

So You Think of tap-root family 13-a. Trace the pedigree backwards to ancestral dam Kite to Kite’s evolutionary in-breeding two key-strains Eclipse  and Herod, to their embryonic pedigree Regulus and Tartar/Blaze. (n.b. Kite is the remote ancestress to sub-branch family 13-c Frizette Mr Prospector, Seattle Slew)

Examining those strains via Eclipse and Herod & thoughtfully engage these archetype traits as ecological pathway of thoroughbreds. Its in-breeding saturation clearly produced the composite root-stock to the future, as we observe today.

It follows with full-circle consistency, the contemporary thoroughbred bred ‘core’  dynamics through key carrying contributors. It is not necessarily line-bred practice alone; it is the composite of attributes that the breeding targets much like chef-de-race formulations, but revolves also a familiar sustaining synthesis.

It was after researching a Conduits series TBL wondrously pondered how and or why, these where persistent and consistent.

The answer lies through the evaluation there has existence – the over-arching Balanced phenotype which stipulates energy and efficiency through all, an ineffable imprint.

The ineffable imprinting is physical and non-physical where I came upon something which aroused this researchers curiosity f-f base with, assumption biases of family-number(ed) relationships.

The cross over referencing of Bruce Lowe family numbers share both significance and duly, a conflicting nature. Whilst his system went to identify and systematize breeding merits upon individuals major racing achievements- it also blurred familial factors (sisters) to division. i.e. sisters assigned to different family #, where the genetic contributors went very close, as was incestuous in-breeding of the times.

As the genome solves, it also cleverly twists through, what catalyses.

Through sire, High Chaparral’s pedigree, hone in Kris (Sharpen Up from Rocchetta by Rockefella (Hyperion-Selene) because there – the pro-progenitor catalyst. Further note this is the f-f, 5-i.

Here is the significance:

**THE PROGENY: Where 2 Select, the Breeding to, So You Think (NZ)

factor – Nijinksy, Best in Show (family) , Raise a Native, The Minstrel  D’Argento & Inference (Redoute’s Choice)

factor – Zabeel/Sir Tristram/Selene & Star Way per Higher Ground (from Dark Vision (AUS) ex-Encosta de Lago) : La Bella Diosa, Sopressa

Mr Prospector/Seattle Slew to Sadler Wells (Darshaan) – 

(‘the secret weapon’ – Lyphard ♥ per Heavenly Thought

To Market, Star Kingdom (Hyperion) per Miss Siska

Vaguely Noble (Hyperion) per Nakeeta Jane

Danehill Dancer (Sharpen Up) Sir Tristram (Selene) per Thought of That

SELENE – Contemporary runners’ pedigrees, however, rarely now carry her within five generations. Her rich and varied strains, farther out, remain worth of concentration, as she continues to prove herself to be a true shaper of the breed. (credit Inbreeding to Superior Females – Faversham/Rasmussen



cheers and enjoy

and folks, the best is yet to come….


















je-ne-sais-quoi: Tarzino (NZ)


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Tarzino much more than horse.

The ‘T’ prototype has emerged …et voila!

‘T’ stands also for Tourbillon, the sire of Djebel.

New Zealand bred Tarzino by Tavistock (Montjeu) from Zarzino (Zabeel) epitomizes a genetic expression some might call a ‘throw-back’.

We prior blogged Back to the Future with Tarzino (NZ) – but the stallion’s deeper significance went amiss…. this, Tarzino’s je ne sais quoi.

je ne sais quoi – the latent factors ‘appearing’ which takes my TBL eye.

Tarzino (photo credit – The Thoroughbred Link) 

What has Tarzino’s verve

Montjeu/Sadlers Wells (Tarzino’s paternal line) to currently note…… Montjeu/Sadlers Wells breds, spin the genetic wheels to Northern Hemisphere jumps and flat racing winners.  An operative finds French breeders as owners, have close involvement with trainers and follow a program, to compound results and increase advantage.Those processes come together and that delivery gets results

It is the exceptional, the revealing where Tarzino via sire & dam pedigree uncovers the venerated ‘D’ factor Djebel.
Djebel (Tourbillon – dam, Loika n.b. ff- 5j) –  Destiny of Thoroughbreds . Read it!!!

To appreciate our subject stallion ‘T’ – where Loika presence goes near and far, review Tarzino’s dam Zarzino – her 3rd dam sire Amalgam (USA) to the 2x’s, via Loika sons Hierocles (FR) and Djebel, his best son My Babu.      further note….

  • Grand-dam Kindness by Star Way, dams sire Klarion → Clarion → Djebel (Loika)
  • Sir Tristram, grand-dams sire My Babu/Djebel )Loika)

Tavistock’s granddam sire High-line, his grand-dam Aleria by Djebel (Loika). Quest for Fame, the grand-dam sire Cambremont (FR) from a Djebel daughter.

  • Sadlers Wells, Lalun by Djeddah, a son of Djebel
  • Montjeu’s 2nd dam sire Tennyson to 3rd dam sire Djebel
  • Montjeu’s dam Floripedes to 5th dam sire Hierocles from Loika


The presence of French breeding is our reminder  – genotype cuts to the phenotype.

Genotype to Phenotype, it is why Conduits series started. The first Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one points to a familiar rotation presence through Loika’s ancestress dam Diversion (f-f- 5-i & f-f-j) alongside Hyperion – Selene.

Very few significant individuals complement/merge to a co-affinity from ancestry, where a complete integrity retains ‘purity-at-origin’. The purity, bio-essence however, is the ‘something’ of a bio-physic, bio-mechanical natural structure.

When IT happens…TBL holds this is the archetype frame. It points to Herod: hence Winx came from Herod and Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one .

To have these patterns are not so much from in/line bred but from inducing, infusing  the defined character type/trait with deliberate foresight. (* see Franco Varola’s quotes below to the French approach…..)

As those Conduit pieces position together: breeding ‘traits’ via strains, it dawned Conduits shall not only possess sublime quality to the progeny bred, but also draw to the imperceptible.

Quote: “Certain lines of blood appear to have an affinity for, and to produce exceptional results when mated to other specific lines”. Sir Charles Leicester Bloodstock Breeding.

They are the Ones to hold….. natural merit, the Nature’s intelligence, to its breed. Additionally, it goes direct with an aptitude of ultimate expression – a prototype.

This is the Thoroughbred, its History and with an embedded culture where yesteryear masters to French bloodstock, clearly understood function is the durability, ahead.


Marcel Boussac – his reign over French Classics lasted 50 years.

Tourbillon and Djebel.

* (excerpts) – Typology of the Racehorse – Franco Varola

Under a typological interpretation of the Thoroughbred, French breeding has always occupied a distinguished place.

France supplies the bulk of the classic-to-stout strains

Breeding philosophy in France, which is very different from the breeding philosophy in England. Breeding in France tends to be ecumenical, in the sense that any horse and any sire is potentially similar to the next one; while England tends to follow a categorisation.

The Classic Racehorse – Peter Willett                                                                                     The French thoroughbred was essentially the product of adherence to the guidelines laid down in the early days of the Societe d’Encouragment and confirmed by the introduction of the Grand Prix as the premier Classic race.                                 The author notes….bred with that ideal in mind, the likes of Ajax, Teddy, Bruleur, Alcantara II, La Farina, Sardanapale, Ksar, Brantome, Sicambre, Viewux Manoi, Djebel and Tantieme.

 Tarzino – the ‘T’ prototype… because its right there, in the blood.

Finally, to the landscapes of breeding and racing….patience will be Tarzino’s only requirement, just wait n’ see….img_5668-011726574033.jpeg




Further reading & information







Conduits, of Essential Difference (part 4)


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Zabeel – taken a month before his passing. (photo by TBL)

∞Zabeel: Sire of 46 G.1 winners…it is indeed exhausting to go into his far-reaching achievements: hail the great Zabeel, as conduit breeder and Australasian sire of sires.


Long years back, through a breeding forum, TBL commented to Zabeel’s impact of his female breeding to the double dosage – French sire Sunny Boy (Jock – Fille de Soleil ex- Solario) as assigned, ff 16-a.

The vital ‘yesteryear’ breeding that brings forth, many a quality pedigree.

…how favorable it is: when double maternal infusion (via sire) to the generations going forward, paves the gold.

While opinions today favour high-quality sires – to only maintain the ‘might’ of sire attributes, it follows where familial breeding principle complements and indicates a robust individual. The genetic parcel is firmly packed and ready to open.

It is saying of a Stallion: He, is the SON of his Dam – Zabeel’s sire, Sir Tristram via the regal Selene line, TBL prior discussed and reinforced her through Catalyst – the shimmer of SELENE to the deeper Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one

The sire line Sir Tristram – Sir Ivor – Sir Gaylord – Turn To – Royal Charger to Solario tags many a superior pedigree and notably where Habitat (Sir Gaylord) also forcibly stamps.

– Interestingly Habitat’s dam line through 3rd dam grand-sire Swynford (from Canterbury Pilgrim) Pilgrimmage by The Palmer (f.f. 5-i). Once again, genotype, prototype has its strains defining …. Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one

“With the death of Europe’s finest stallion, Habitat and pensioning off from stud duties the North American wonder, Northern Dancer, New Zealand may now make claim to having the world’s best living, active thoroughbred stallion” Tony Arrold credit reference Give a Man A Horse – by Dianne Haworth

Whilst on Habitat, his broodmare sire Occupy, 2nd dam sire North Star and hello folks, here we are again – North Stars’s sire Sunstar sired by SUNDRIDGE.

Factoring Sundridge traits is phenomenal and TBL painstakingly cites over n’ over…that it ALL WORKS above speed, stamina towards a prototype of horse: the prototype combination of genotype/phenotype which delivers the extraordinaire.

“Champion horses invariably look similar in conformation” – Bart Cummings

Master the prototype by reading Conduits.

Zabeel’s dam Lady Giselle, her 3rd dam by the great DERNA by Sunny Boy. His dam Fille de Soleil → Solario → SUNDRIDGE. The broodmare sire Sansovina (Sywnford etc.) he from the same female family 6-e, as belonging to Selene/Gondolette

Zabeel’s broodmare sire – Nureyev note 2x Hyperion/Selene which impacts so strongly to the very special elite dam, Special: Sadlers Wells. (n.b. Special…. keys to upcoming, exciting sire Tarzino (NZ) which TBL shall explore further & update Back to the Future with Tarzino (NZ)

However, moving on 2020…..the conduit impact. Take note when as broodmare sire the New Zealand’s Waikato stud sire Ocean Park (Thorn Park – ) 4 year old gelding, Kolding (NZ) a G1 winner Epsom Handicap 1600m and the mare Tofane, a G.3 winner.

And Catalyst (as above) at the Oaks stud, Darci Brahma (ex-Grand Echezeaux (Zabeel).

Chase along mares by Lonhro (Octagonal/Zabeel – Shadea same maternal as Catalyst) spinning those conduit factors – 64% winners to runners as broodmare sire.

Raising a glass to the future, there will be many more generations & Zabeel influences to appreciate and admire upon the New Zealand and Australian bloodstock industry.

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Catalyst – the shimmer of SELENE


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“he’s plain, laid-back and rather small” – commentary to New Zealand’s truly exciting freakish 3 year old gelding.

Catalyst, by Darci Brahma from Evana by Entrepeneur (GB) proves winning comes easy at the G.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas. (6 starts, 5 wins)

Our first Conduits series, to explore genetic giants, its depths, and why/what keeps superior genotype charging. I think many scratch the heads (wink) however this a sighted prototype, we continue to notice and remark to…. and its shining right through Catalyst.

The most important factor we’ve been long seeking into analysis-to-breeding the desired, & via specific traits (i.e. where does it come from....) to the ‘ease’, ‘fluidity’ , bio-mechanical efficiency to the phenotype racing gait. We say…it is what ‘cuts’ the difference between ‘levels’ of a good horse to a competitive racehorse.

  • Below – an eloquent description, where breeding-history writes detail we seek, how the nature of phenotype is examined. (sidenote: intriguing the dynamics, to breeding regimes has not really changed)

A horse’s momentum, depends upon his pedal members, properly adjusted by muscles and leverage, true and frictionless. His capacity to live in a long, hard struggle depends upon his heart and lungs; exertion accelerate the heart’s action and the lungs must be equal to the emergency, or the animal chokes up. This organization is hereditary. The Horse-Breeders Handbook, Joseph Osbourne 1881


Generally a useful ‘screening’ selection to a stallion is the broodmare sire, as ‘throw’: the strains which take significant contribution to the next generation ‘breeding’.

To subject horse: Catalyst…..broodmare sire Zabeel by Sir Tristram from the female family 6-e (Selene, note also her son Pharamond), Zabeel has 5x’s to her.

Evana, by sire Entrepeneur (GB) – his dam, female family 6-e, SELENE. AS mentioned above broodmare sire,  take strains which ‘fire’ significant contribution.

Look back….what did highlight the SELENE line to such, blue-blood prominence.


Below the diagram to find co-affinity ‘remembers’, the in-breeding pedigree via The Palmer and full brother Rosicrucian via female family 5-i, ancestress Diversion.


Catalyst’s sire, Darci Brahma (Danehill)

Danehill → Buckpasser (n.b. paternal grandsire, Pharamond from SELENE ) by Tom Fool → grand-dam sire Equipoise (f.f. 5-j, ancestress DIVERSION), 3rd dam sire Sun Briar by SUNDRIDGE. Tom Fool’s dam Busanda by War Admiral → Man O War from dam Mahubah from Rock Sand by Sainfoin, from Sanda. Blue Larkspur → maternal grand-sire Sunstar (f.f. 5-i)  by SUNDRIDGE. 

Zabeel/Sir Tristram, My Babu by Djebel from dam Loika (f.f. 5-j) ancestress DIVERSION


Entrepereneur (GB) by Sadlers Wells (Northern Dancer  note & highlight Selene factoring i.e. Hyperion & Sickle, paternal grandsire of Polynesian). S.W’s dam Fairy Bridge by Bold Reason from Lalun →Djeddah/Djebal from Loika (f.f. 5-j) ancestress Diversion

Exclusive Native → Shut Out , by Equipoise (f.f. 5-j) ancestress Diversion

2x’s @ Turn-To, by Royal Charger from Sun Princess/Mumtaz Begum (by Solario maternal sire by SUNDRIDGE) → Lady Josephine by SUNDRIDGE

Now maybe its more clear what strikes genotype.

Of same maternal family roots Gay Poss/My Tricia female family 8, notice the co-affinity.

  • Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea) i.e. Zabeel/family 9-c/ Straight Strike→Lalun/Djebal etc
  • Grosvenor (Sir Tristram – My Tricia) i.e. Hyperion/Selene/ 2 X’s Solario


P.S If any reader has information to the breeding direct to Selene family, please let me know. Cheers. 

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Conduit, of essential Difference (Part 3)


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∗It will come as little surprise, we’re identifying Sunday Silence/Halo as conduit(s).

Their breeding effects, particularly to Japan’s breeding stock, how they have reaped & sowed genetic opportunity, on-wards to another called Deep Impact and also their broodmare sire extraordinaire.

& then Strength & Courage, left Magic all alone….

Here…I won’t re-visit their breeding to racing media-journalism but rather, driving at genetic breeding through a different prism, which is based to genetic ‘trait’ profiling.

– why they (Halo, Sunday Silence) are placed to a top of the pyramid.  Where Is, the gene, in the genetic bottle?

Genomics might want to ‘own’ / ‘claim’ it, such a sacred gene & such a discovery, is to cash in.

(side note commentary: genomics….. from experience to farming stock/ livestock breeding how breeding values (beef, dairy) went evaluated upon high-producing yields in lesser amount of days (young maturity) those generations thereof, dwindled, to weak and small.
Those ‘isolated’ breeding-values, kissed goodbye an ‘across’ diversity. A home-breeder knows his trade to individual maternal lines; peculiar robust traits which have them naturally, strong, individuals. The breeding… bred onwards, and passed to their progeny.)

Does any of this sound familiar, to you? 

Whilst many appraise racehorse pedigrees, the matter-of-fact analysis, of ‘naming’ to family relationship with an authenticity from either ancestral or collective dosages; the warranting of pedigree, verified by algorithms to correct nicking patterns….has methods  many, to its interpretation.

The distinguishing ‘wow’ factor is ‘what’ strikes progenitor dominance which will over-ride all and ‘how’ it is expressing itself upon progeny.

The ‘progeny’ is not just to be like his ‘daddy’: but going above the sire, going above the mare (termed ‘upgrading’) – to the bred, aptitude of ultimate expression. I have applied aptitude of ultimate expression, a dynamic which Transcends, the primordial calling, DNA.

Let it not be forgotten, the complexities to hybrid-breeding are far-reaching, and utopia keeps entertaining of what has the ideal.

The racing-terrain today, has (as I have prior expressed) an extreme demanding, to unforgiving paradigm: mature early, run early, high-cruise, stay, sprint, enduring the punishing attachment to precocious athleticism.

So backtrack the idea to pedigrees….let’s suppose, our expected ideologies to pedigree are stuck: the rips and rising tides, the shifts and changes of genetic furnaces going under, to surface elsewhere.

Awkwardly, little is acknowledged to the mechanics: (energetically) bio-mechanical ACTION, the horses ‘natural’ demeanor for the job ‘we’ demand it to. And… something only a rider shall experience, ‘how it feels…’. Fluidity is akin to the tai-chi master.

And it is here, the perfect arrangement of genotype to phenotype, goes to tiny detail – the gait, the balance, the ease of a panther on the hunt.

TBL has been at great pains to ‘push’; ‘express’ genotype & express the phenotype – to a ultimate type for such extraordinary ability we want. And…frankly, if the breeder is not accepting such a logical responsibility, what is he doing carries only a numbers breeding exercise.

Sunday Silence/Halo – breeding ‘representatives’: carriers of-the finest. How/why-so???

Halo, inbred/linebred to Blue Larkspur as linebred through the family-maternal via Padua ( she an ancestress of B.L>Black Servant, Raise a Native, Relic. )

This is the obvious: now to the not obvious….. (note, to deeply comprehend, these genetic ‘Runnings’ you shall need to prior read/explore Conduits 

  1. Halo by Hail to Reason by Turn-To by Royal Charger (ff 9c) from Sun Princess by Solario (ff. 26) his dam’s sire Sundridge. Sun Princess → Mumtaz Begum → Lady Jospehine by Sundridge.
  2.  Admiral Drake → Craig an Eran → Sunstar by Sundridge from Sierra from Sanda
  3.  Phalaris from Bromus by Sainfoin, his dam Sanda
  4.  Blue Larkspur, dam’s sire Northstar by Sunstar by Sundridge
  5.  Man O’ War from Mahubah by Rock Sand by Sainfoin
  6.  Cosmic Bomb – Pharamond/Phalaris from Bromus by Sainfoin (further note Pharamond dam the Selene/Gondolette female family 6-e, in-bred by Madame Eglentine through her siring sons, Rosicrucian & The Palmer, to female family 5-i.
  7.  Over There from Summer Girl by Sundridge
  8.  The grand-dam Almahmoud,  by Mahmoud, the dam-line, to Lady Jospehine, by Sundridge

To: Sunday Silence from dam Wishing Well by Understanding – distinguish the following:

  1.  Understanding/Promised Land to Mahmoud i.e. Sundridge
  2.  Promised Land to 3rd dam by Tetratema to broodmare sire, Symington, the grand dam by The Palmer (f.f. 5-i) 
  3. Understanding – the broodmare sire Stymie, to grand-sire Equipoise (the f.f. 5j) links back, to Diversion, same ancestress to female family 5-i
  4.  Man O War 3x (as per above)
  5.  grand-dams sire Montparnasse to Hyperion from Selene (f.f. 6e) inbred to female family 5-i, ancestress Diversion
  6.  Khaled/Hyperion from Selene
  7.  Wishing Well, the elite Cinna line, her grand dam Baroness La Fleche → Rosicrucian (f.f. 5-i)


Halo/Sunday Silence/ Deep Impact from Wind In Her Hair

  1. 4th maternal-dam, by Hyperion from Selene et al.
  2.  4th dam maternal, maternal sire Hyperion
  3.  6 strains, total to Selene, of the f.f. 6e i.e. Serenissma/Gondolette strain/traits/infusion
  4.  the sire Alzao / Court Martial by Fair Trial by Phalaris. Fair Trial from Lady Juror from Lady Josephine by Sundridge. Fair Trial (4x’s).
  5.  sire, Alzao to Sir Ivor to Turn To ( Royal Charger/Solario/Craig an Eran ) et al

These subtle/discreet patterns are luminary.

Draw your attention to one, Northern Dancer – find the trait, find the harmony.

  1. Nearctic’s 4th sire – Phalaris (Sainfoin, dam Sanda)
  2.  Broodmare sire – Hyperion from, Selene
  3.  dam’s sire – Native Dancer by Polynesian → Sickle from Selene
  4.                                                                           Dam Blue-grass → Rock Sand (by Sainfoin)
  5.  Polymelian, dam by Sundridge
  6.  Mahmoud, the dam-line to Lady Josephine by Sundridge.

For Australasian TBL readers “there was once upon a time, an ugly duckling, which nobody wanted, so in the end, he got sold for a measly sum.” He was the 1982-1983 Australia Horse of the Year. His name Gurner’s Lane.

Gurner’s Lane genotype went through Sir Tristram (Selene), Sabaean from Selene (i.e. f.f. 6e) to his dam Taiona, to 5th dam Hauteur (sire line Tracery/Rock Sand) → Absurb by Sundridge. To further note – Hauteur’s sire, Demosthenes (f.f. 5i) from dam, Carlen → ancestress Diversion.

Another Australasian racing great, the mighty Might and Power (Zabeel) features genotype to Her Most Serene Highness, Selene. But why oh why, do I not see the Selene bottom-line factoring in todays modern pedigrees? Has ‘she’ all but disappeared – perhaps you can help me there!?

Zabeel (Sir Tristram) will be our next Conduit subject!! (stay tuned)


Staphanos (JPN) by Deep Impact, grand-daddy Halo. Halo, was known for a shark-eye – it was the way he would look at you…



an eye for a Halo eye…the sire Bullbars, whose broodmare sire is Singspiel, whose dam sire is Halo.



my time to hit the sack….cheers









The Winx pattern ‘strikes’


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Late 2018, TBL posted, opportunity slips by…. referencing, the genotype Winx workings.

Thru, referring (at the time of writing) to another filly by New Zealand’s sire Shocking , across a dam from the direct female family belonging to Winx (f.f. 5b) – another filly came up for sale at New Zealand’s 2018 Karaka Yearling Sale.

This is the pedigree –  https://www.pedigreequery.com/vegas+jewel.

Vegas Jewel runs in Australia, and has 3 starts for 2 wins and a 2nd placing.

Shocking is a son of Street Cry.

The female family (f.f. 5b) belonging to Winx, her dams sibling, appears to be sourced from a boutique NZ breeder. Meaning…very few, the rare few, are New Zealand about. The right genetics coming together are that RARE.

Plus, you get potential by knowing genotype: what works with what. Period.



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