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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Confessions to Pedigree Analysis


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Recently I’ve gone through several sales catalogs, screening sires that appear to dominate progeny i.e. genotype pedigree.

It is ‘telling’ mainly due, how easy some sires line-up & better than others. This is mainly due to the broodmare sire.

It generally heads up pedigree impression; those back strains which compel the breeding.

It is however, also an ‘area’ where unspecific sires can strike, leaving the mark via particular conduit back-strains: gene-domination the super-glue of genetics.

The method to sire seeking, of genetic breeding terrain reminds me how Sir Patrick Hogan, ex-Cambridge Stud New Zealand, evaluated Sir Tristram unseen.

Yet as it goes of any sire….making the impatient conclusion that average isn’t quality, is a mistake. Its perhaps subjective but I opinion some natural law of average, the stallion has its day due to the right mare.

**The right mare has a unique blend, coming together of bloodlines and some strains are simply ‘overlooked’ as ‘if’ they have slipped past, forgotten, only to resurrect.

It dawns upon one, an importance to evaluate yesteryear latent strains which draw through genetic fine-print as the base-line, homogozity, mit.DNA halotype.

There it goes softly, a  scarcity value as maternal-bred ‘arises’ from pre-ceding dynamics: pre-shuttling, pre-syndication, sires unknown going short of mares or considered shy breeders in those times but also, just how long-term breeding rolls round and peaks. It is something old stud-masters understood implicitly to the 40year+ span. Dollars to doughnuts, investment breeding, may not?

To writing this blog providing a proof to **accounts above (wink), the principles I assign sit square to the interesting 2 year old filly Dame Giselle by I Am Invincible from Ballet Society ex-Stravinsky, having her first emphatic win from 2 starts.

As prior stated… some sires swing it better than others and thus when they are found through maternal infusions, it literally ‘excites’ the pedigree because we start to understand some fundamentals of building the bloodline, and further explains its genotype to racing phenotype.

Dame Giselle’s 3rd dam the GrandSire, Century (Better Boy – Royal Suite) generated two year old sprinters and three year old classic stayers of exceptional physical quality, verve and natural ability…

His sire Better Boy – his success at stud was largely owing to his ability to churn out metropolitan winner after metropolitan winner, month after month, year after year. (credit references Ross du Bourg The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred)

Her sire, I Am Invincible, note 2nd dam grand-sire OUR NATIVE (USA) to female family 20-a.

Look to the maternal 3rd dam sire Ramsin/Le-Haar and 4th dam sire Cobalt how they merge and both also of female family 20-a to ancestress Ghuznee 1838.

Remember homozygous: an organism with identical pairs of genes relating to a given pair of hereditary characters, and hence breeding true for those characteristics.

But even so, what plays out is not ALONE rhyme n’ tale duplication but the ‘hotspot’ which has breeders which shape. 

Better Boy – ” physiologial and procreative powers were carefully conserved over the years. He was never asked to serve more than 62 mare in any one season and when he was at the height of commercial fashion. Century – demonstrated his ability to sire winners of the highest class over all distance on the flat from 1000 metres to 3,200 metres.” credit reference Ross du Bourg The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred.


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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.



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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 –

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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Conduit, of essential Difference (Part 2)


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Its the Learning, over and over… what genotype unravels ‘truest’, to tear fearlessly through every finest individual.

– to find layman explanation, where/how superior pedigrees fire the way they do, to produce ‘unexpected’ latency to the high-performing individual.  

Science/genomics has greatly escalated.  There is CC speed, CT middle-distance, TT stayer, Y-Herod, and motivational (gait-keeper) genes. Take its sci-business – research/test what your individual horse has or not, and thus train accordingly. Wow!

Mitchondrial DNA halotype data-base, continues to challenge stud-book identity. It benefits and remodels, forcing the thoroughbred frontiers to the new. We gain some better appreciation, to what maybe happening per breeding successfully.

Meanwhile…. for boutique-breeders left to work on small budgets and with Nature’s providence, requirements to genuine breeding is, as always, ‘doing the homework’.

I listen to folks and though may be confused?… the desire to stoke pedigree fire has these days lesser appeal. Where folk project 4 legs head n’ tail hybrid thoroughbred without addressing not depth but ‘fit’ relevancy at purpose, phenotype strains.

Your lesson is to Seek what particular trait fires not speed alone, but the transfer ‘aptitude of ultimate expression’!

(IMO) its not only appreciating the Stockwell, Pocahontas, St Simon ancestries but where will ‘memory’ ancestral conduits follow, to arouse?  It is not alone, by linear finger-tracing at the pedigree: it is by scouting out few, modern ‘catalyst’ trait carriers which provides the key to spatial relationship, to its underlying structural formulate.

Indeed this, the long exercise complexity to an inexact science etc and some things (maybe) are of a crystal ball……(wink)

... its emphatically evident (to myself) there are bare few, perfecting ‘band’ of DNA traits to keep re-emerging their dynastic latent potency, to Influence. But, as ‘they’ want. Human expectation is a terrible thing to expect each/every mating has a successful individual. Mendel, and  Punnett Square certainly applies. Further, it is never entertained Nature simply conserves, not exploits, thus a natural retrogression exists. And, this is where we are Now it seems….

Sermon over…..

Its the very traits, strains, through the individuals, what has them fit for the environment they are bred for. I say this because individual environments (countries and climate) somewhat differ in practice: terms of horse development (age), pre-training developments, sale and racing ownership, to racing program.

Strains n’ traits they are never so simply outright obvious, by the immediate sire/mare but clues are …..   “The catalyst lays in the soft zones, 5th – 7th generation to the exceptional genetic ‘catalyst’ via, the individuals paternal broodmare sire, merged over maternal broodmare sire and Inclusive of grand-maternal sire”. JSB

The trick to pinpoint such conduits, then build the breed, the breeding.


STORM CAT (line)

Before presenting Storm Cat….. sight Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one (see diagrams) how affinity to bloodline relationships keep diving back to ‘same’ quality  prototype.

Read again: affinity to bloodline relationships keep diving back to ‘same’ quality.

With admiration, due credit to Ken McLean, he prophetically sighted: (Designing Speed in the Racehorse) to his work, how researching compatible strains what give major contribution to quick-maturing speed.

…it may not be well known, Federico Tesio, strongly pursued stallions and mares with Tracery to the pedigree. Why would he do so…? Connect another immortal, Man O’ War, a similar conduit explosive to Tracery and presto, the MATERNAL TRAIT.

Tracery (1909) by Rock Sand by Sainfoin, from dam Sanda

Man O War, his dam by Rock Sand by Sainfoin, from dam Sanda

further, Phalaris from dam Bromus by Sainfoin, from dam Sanda

Hurry On from dam Tout Suite by Sainfoin

*Sanda, possessed 37 strains to HEROD.

Sainfoin (from Sanda) – his full sister Sierra, the dam of Sundridge.

(also interesting where Sundridge factoring is highly noted to successful quarter-horse breeding).

Oddly, and according to Australian writer, Ken McLean – Sainfoin (as the progenitor to speed) , went largely un-noticed by England’s bloodstock writers and was poorly patronized by breeders. Yet, he was beautiful – well-balanced, smallish and a chestnut. (see photo)

Remarkably he never led the Sires List yet ending up a very successful broodmare sire and of course through Rock Sand, became a distinguishing sire in his own right.

These are the KEYS, the patient breeder can believe –  ‘how’, ‘why’ and where the attention lays, to such important, intricate detail, and for readers to appreciate ‘bloodline speed prototypes’ still and naturally hold out for today’s bred.

BUT – Speed alone, comes broadly perceived/projected/ marketed as competitive, competent breeding to ‘get’ the individual. What speed really means is ‘tempo’ at pace to its endurance to the distance. Perfect.

That speed gene as reliability, is a falsity. It is re-setting the pedigree (at best) for persuading mit.DNA halotypes genetics to maintain homozygous character with aiming also tricking or off-setting epistatic i.e. activating/de-activating masked genes (which is why a diligence delivers back at approx. 5th remove, to beyond).

*prepotency: The ability of one parent to impress its hereditary characters to its progeny because it has more homozygous, dominant or epistatic (i.e.masking) genes. One parent, is prepotent, when it consistently outperforms its partner in transmitting critical racing characteristics. 

  • Epistatic is similar to dominance, except that (unlike dominance) the relationship has non-allelic genes. So a sire homozygous for one or more epistatic genes will produce a certain given trait or traits markedly in his off-spring (reference source, genetics

Whilst I can imagine TBL audiences gasp  – the Albert Einstein quote – Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better”

All things return to Nature – that is, primordial order is Natures chemistry & Principle infinite is the stuff of the ‘atom’ .  Upon the subject of mit.DNA haloptype an on-line source (site, no longer available): to gene decoding @ atomic level and gene sequencing “most types of atoms are capable of molecular attraction. The atoms that are capable of forming organic molecules are of the greatest available number.The natural course of molecular bonding is that not only are the most atoms capable of uniting but that an INHERENT PLAN of seeking out other atoms of a similar capability actually exists within the outer ring electron structure of all atoms, so capable of uniting Primordial Order.

Not too much science way back to Bruce Lowe’s family tabulations day,  but only observatory Mother Nature: “It is a recognized axiom with both physiologists and practical breeders of all kinds of stock, that the value any family is mainly in proportion to the purity of its origin” – Bruce Lowe, Breeding Racehorses by the Figure System

The Conduit Principle, as assigned to Storm Cat where core-genetic legacy carries/trans mutates/catalyst ON thru his mare Crimson Saint, to her sire Crimson Satan from Bolero Rose by Bolero – these elevate a genetic escalator to the quality, of speed.

We learn: Storm Cat was america’s leading sire of two-year olds for 7 times!! His mare Crimson Saint possessed raw, fire speed with ideal physical conformation. Her sire, Crimson Satan, attributed for precocity and speed. Bolero, a chestnut and dynamic for setting two world records, hence, noted to his inbreeding to Rock Sand by Sainfoin

*Latest potential – the exciting USA Godolphin colt  Maxfield (by Street Sense (Street Cry/Machiavellian) from Velvety (ex-Bernardini) to grand-dam sire STORM CAT.  View, Velvety’s 5th dam Finance (by Nasrullah → Sundridge from Busanda (War Admiral/Man O’ War → Rock Sand/Sainfoin. To Velvety grand-dam sire Blue Larkspur (North Star/Sunstar →Sundridge

Storm Cat, his dam Terlingua from Crimson Saint & Royal Academy he from dam Crimson Saint.

Royal Academy, the sire of Australia’s Bel Espirit sire of Australia’s unbeaten beauty, champion sprinter,Black Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigree

Crimson Saint by Crimson Satan of the family 26. The Argentina line, known for fleet footed, sprinting. It gets very cool when we discover Crimson Satan ancestral dam goes by a name of Cypron. Cypron is the dam of HEROD. Hello?


***Further breeding facts: Cypron/Herod the female family 26 as is same, Solario (ff.26) his dam, Sun Worship by Sundridge.

Royal Charger’s dam Sun Princess is twice inbred to Sundridge (Sierra) with his sire, Nearco also with the Sainfoin/Sierra strain, via Nearco’s grandsire Phalaris.

Nasrullah – Nearco/Phalaris →Sainfoin/Sierra, his dam Mumtaz Begum, 3rd dam by Sundridge



(post note) – for animal welfare supporters. TBL does not support ‘numbers’ breeding and its effects. Racing International pattern programs are, as ‘set’, to early maturing speed individuals, to which it is responsible to and for. Breeding responsibly or Conservation in Breeding is what TBL advocates. Thank you.

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Why Storm Cat was so special






Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one


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On the recent NZ stallion tour, I was mindful to the Studmasters commentary, where addressing the challenge to breeding for market; to their observations of how tradition once held to the stamina type, has undergone its progressive change & alongside demand for early speed.

Objectives of genuine breeding meet greater ineffability of breeding and I feel for sure those challenges, how they always follow through, engages a terrific foresight.

As such, for a long brow-beating period, TBL has pondered the subtle & exceptional influences within & of, the high performance individual.

The ‘devil is in the detail’.…. and I shall opinion, it is a pivotal strain which ‘fulfills’ breed shaping criteria.

Step aside from in-breeding, or to that of line-bred individuals; the consideration is to seek the essential conduit of superior difference(s) and aim towards what must be the superior, complete phenotype factor. i.e. dual purpose.

The conduit, what may induce the correct type of consistency: stamping individuals great turn-of-foot, propulsion, to be best from best and win. Better said: the bio-mechanical capability and efficiency.

The task to breeding is to catalyze true conduit factors to induce the finest possible specimen.

To appreciate the general principle – research these pedigrees below and view the breeding trait – what brings the ‘life’ to bloodline.

What made Ribot. (e.g. dam inbred to Sunstar f.f. 5i, via Sundridge)

Hyperion. (dam inbred to Pilgramage by The Palmer f.f. 5i)





Thus, its not duplicating the pedigree: its revealing it.

The thinking exercise ….the ancestral trait/influence ON the pedigree and what contributing traits support the proposed quality bred, prototype.

The method, is to refine pedigree…..


Because over a sturdy study to TB heritages and the evolutionary cycles; the invisible spectrum’s of breeding, to those deep depths, finds, purest genus is the one lasting prototype.

Cryptic as it is, that is the key.

Our remarkable blog Winx came from Herod asserted the Herod prototype. Researchers take similar view: archetypal Herod is King.

We may ask: where are those factors today, what may again transmit the distinguished class?

Ancestry-on-repeat and always, always, genetics mitDNA to reflect again ‘why’ evolutionary ‘roots’: the ancestral attributed Family 5 – the Belvoir strain – uniquely labelled ‘special’. Kingdoms & war-horses, horse- breeding, Christianity, European feudalism, knights & territories. …the evolution of the Thoroughbred, probably by the inter-breeding Buckingham’s Spanish imports with the pre-existing Rutland bred hobby horses & Galloways.

Through the ages…it all equates to a key principle; a horse is genuine, bred ‘fit’ to its type (of kind) duty, as also goes the modern equivalent i.e. to race and win like a champion.

As conventional ‘methods’ apply in-breeding, line-breeding and RF to most breeders modis operandi, those helpful determinations are not always to bearing the finest.

Many usual patterns through pedigrees (i.e. Sadlers Wells, Mr Prospector, Danehill etc) come almost rather ‘close’ to a varied similarity. And though the data of popular successful nicks to those siring sons has its record – it is historical inclined, without yet aiding, how latency is still ‘gold’.

Sourcing influences as transmitting ideal traits to pedigree, via the individual what ‘gave’ – we shall conclude: right conduit trait will ‘sharpen’ and underpin the breeding be it through maternal or paternal.

it does little good to go through a litany of linebreeding crosses if we cannot learn how to exploit the newly gained knowledge in the future. Les Brinsfield The Pedigree Post

As ‘said’, the purpose follows – an early and high performing/enduring individual bred bred fit to its pressured ‘sport’ development & of demands to commercial sector, has really commanded an extreme demanding charter upon the thoroughbred horse.

Such charter….ultimately shapes/uptakes a specific biological geno/phenotype character: precocious capacity to sprint and stay (at pace) to sprint and burst with complete domination.

“keep things simple and we will see that there is no way of measuring a certain distance and which speed ends and staying power begins. It would be like trying to determine where cold ends and heat begins. It is all relative”. Speed and Staying Power, Federico Tesio – Breeding the Racehorse.

First-up, to our exclusive profile series to come…Exceptional Conduits 

The first subject ‘horse’: the late Sir Henry Cecil described him as one of the great mile horses of the century – genuine and with immense ability.

With a race record of fourteen victories and two seconds from sixteen races, let’s identify Kris/Sharpen Up.

Kris’s sire, Sharpen Up from his lesser reputable US sire Atan (Native Dancer), yet with dam Roccheeta’s breeding, the explosion, to the breeding of juvenile champions to best sons Kris, full brother and champion 2 year old colt Diesis.

stallions can be like grass, they can spring up where there wasn’t any growth before – Charlie Whittingham, Hall of Fame trainer.

Kris sired Irish-bred, Triple crown winning filly Oh So Sharp (Kris x Oh So Fair (USA) and mare, Unite (Kris x Pro Patria) winning Epsom and Irish Oaks.

Find Kris/Sharpen Up to Invincible Spirit (IRE)(Green Desert x Rafha ex-Kris) his shattering record for 2yo winners, to his Australian siring son I am Invincible the no. 1 sire of 2 year olds 2018/19. 

High Chaparral (Sadlers Wells x Kasora, grandam sire Kris) – champion 3 year old colt England/Ireland sire of black type winners Contributer, Dundeel, So you Think, Descarado, Shoot out, Toronado, Monoco Consul, Rekindling etc.

Crystal Ocean –  currently ranked world no.1 horse (Sea the Stars x Crystal Star, 3rd dam sire KRIS)

The 3 year old Germany’s Derby winning colt, Laccario by Scalo (GB) from Laccato (GB) –noting Sharpen Up (5×5)

The consistent US performer, Get Stormy (Stormy Atlantic (USA) from Foolish Gal to broodmare sire Kiris Clown, his dam sired by KRIS.

The equivalent conduit to many American bred lines is Hoist the Flag, grandson of Ribot.

Hoist the Flag went described with an exceptional fluid gait – (hints) a bio-mechanical efficiency. 

Hoist the Flag- a champion 2 year old colt & highly-noted for leading juvenile sire and broodmare sire. As stallion, he died ‘short’ – at age of 12. 

Hoist the Flag influence is worth noting to 2019 Kentucky Derby disqualified winning hero Maximum Security and the lovely world class mare Zenyatta by Street Cry to his sire Machiavellian. And, of course Winx….

The world ranked Australian bred Santa Ana Lane (AUS) by Lope de Vega from Fast Fleet (AUS) noting Machiavellian and the 4th dam sire Hoist the Flag.

History Hall of Fame and All-Time greatness, the undefeated – PERSONAL ENSIGN – (Private Account from, Grecian Banner by Hoist the Flag) 



TBL conclusion…it is not only in/linebreeding but where to establish ‘right’ conduit inheritance that bite ‘hard’, as possible latent factor, indicated from those superior individuals & as demonstrated through their racing and breeding feats. Their incredible ‘intangible’ phenotype, to what surely has its economical bio-mechanical strength. i.e. phenotyped  correctness

Kris/Diesis/Sharpen Up, Hoist the Flag truly merits any pedigree well. 

And here the latest KRIS influence: look to the close, maternal pedigree, 3rd dam of the very exciting 5 times winning, 2 year old colt Pinatubo (Shamardal x. Lava Flow). Shamardal/broodmare sire Machiavellian (Hoist the Flag)


Kris was the kingpin in Europe over 8 furlongs winning 7 races including the St. Jame’s Palace stakes at Royal Ascot, Sussex Stakes (Goodwood) & the Waterford Crystal Mile & Queen Elizabeth II stakes at Ascot. Evening Times 1980.

Hoist the Flag’s breeding stats, do not tell the full story….

Shiekh Hamdan was the first to buy a share and breed a mare to Diesis and he supported him his entire career. He was (as) aware of his successful brother Kris. – Talkin Horses. (as response appreciating Sharpen Up breeding to world-class runners.)

Painstaking, intelligent, sometimes intuitive choice of a maternal grandsire can lead to the creation of celebrated nicks, where the blending of two sire names leads to the production of a new, superior brand of racing animal. Primacy of the Genes – Ross du Bourg

Genius defies logic….

(post blog update: Desert Encounter (IRE) by Halling (ex-Diesis) from La Chicana (Invincible Spirit) → KRIS. A consistent performer and winner of Canadian International Stakes.

Cheers for now, cropped-nyme31478829496


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ENABLE (GB) – supreme


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Subject: Enable (GB) – Nathaniel (IRE) x Concentric (GB).

Pedigree analysis discovers the true nature to genetic patterns, strains and traits within.

 –  where/how/why genotype breeding, placed from contributing family bloodlines, as they ‘return’ through an individual.

The genotype is a graph, via family tables showing of sorts, a zig-zag relationship. Family breeding tables serve as a convenient link helping to place its orchestration.

Enthusiasts will note close inbreeding (3s x 2d) to Sadlers Wells (USA) – a dynastic gene empire all on its own. Sadlers Wells, the female family 5-h.

Other noted strains infused to Sadlers Wells breeding; through blue-blood producer Lalun (USA) the female family 19-b. She produced Bold Reason (USA) and Never Turn (USA) , sire of Mill Reef, he the sire to Shirley Heights (GB), the grand-dam sire of Enable.  Lalun 5sx5Dx6D.

Now note, Lalun’s sire the French-bred Djeddah to the family #13c. More important (as genetic power) the powerful progenitor siring line to Tourbillon. (n.b. Tourbillon taps through the entire pedigree…9Sx8sX8Dx9Dx9Dx9D it is important to note detail how/where and these to be treated as both strains & TRAITS contributors!)

As genetic building blocks, the Lalun/Djeddah connection which goes to so many a global pedigree to that of Mr Prospector family #13C.

Finding its ‘relationship’ to further explore contributors and in this case Mr Prospector, sire & mare… Native Dancer (USA) and Nashua (USA) shall reveal how pedigree progresses.

Refer to Roberto, his dam’s sire is Nashua (connect those dots!)


Lalun – 5sx5Dx6D (photo source unknown)

With method to ancestry, its evolutionary passage, helps to ‘organize’ or ‘arrange’ the appreciation of co-affiliation branches to its contribution upon pedigree.

The more detail or division into the pedigree, one may ask “well…where does it start and where does it end”?

Lately…. I have commented it is not so much the ‘volume’ or mass of obvious strains (line-bred) since many a global pedigree trends much the same to similar depths. So then... it is the subtle strains which appear to ‘support’ the greater to its distribution mass, pointedly where IT COUNTS  directly.

For this reason it is to extend the pedigree to 7th-9th generations: as indicated above….. appreciate the co-affiliation, as all contribution, as traits infuse.

Through dam’s lines, (infusions) mindfully understand what her main trunk is becoming….or has been. Enable’s dam Concentric has the infusion of family #5-h through a sire called Limelight. The connection is through Sadlers Wells and Limelight (GB) has they both come from ancestor family – Simon’s Shoes. (just think Mitchondrial DNA)

This my TBL method (of sorts) demonstrates a strong familiar pattern and type formulation.

With Enable’s pedigree as template and on a side note – where TBL has noted many a time to European breeding through history it is by Key strains, key families, key genus roots-at-origins…the female family #9:#4 has maternal affiliation.

Like building-blocks, the ff#9:#4 are keys, are strains factoring. They ‘remember’ the familial evolutionary relationship – as foundation traces. (see below)

Utilizing maternal foundations, evolvement, capitalizes on xx inheritances. A core fundamental to establish how the thoroughbred ecology has transpired.

Enable – the female #4m family.

Communal #4 branches concentrate the XX origins, mitochondrial DNA.

Such application re-sources the composite origin in cohesive degrees. It is an eternal co-affiliation.

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 Note the #9 : #4 branches & pattern to Enable where Nathaniel/Galileo are strongly 9 families to the dam Concentric #4m.










Nijinksy – the fire.

“I am an animal with reason” – Vaslav Nijinsky


Through daily workings, I went reflecting those individuals with an intrinsic value to breeding. The international stud operation headliner hook: ‘retaining the scarcity value’.

Scarcity value has the enduring quality of the specific few. The bloodline component common to superior racing individuals. Their breeding as stallions or mares, coming down through descendants retaining the ‘X factor-quality’ of something money can’t replace. It’s kinda how one goes investing for bloodlines….

I was surprised where a pedigree-advisory commented some stats. In-breeding Nijinsky sound-off… ho-hum lousy.

Whoa, hang on…..! Compared to what?

Algorithms – I remember an evening when challenged by a programmer of breeding software i.e. discussion to that proof he had to ‘tenets’ of breeding.

Non-favorable nicks through algorithm/database calculations, may speculate good things, bad things. The impression to contravene long-term generation breeding programs. Dosage ‘uplifts’ to rising the bloodlines; the maternal infusing/productivity is ongoing.

That is the riddle, & know-how to rise n’ fall of bloodlines.

Infuse/upgrade bloodlines, diffuse bloodlines/downgrade.

A Quality Sire and his daughters through to her broodmare years can only retain quality, regardless.

It is a painstakingly long exercise to lift a law of averages over generations.

It is the breeders ‘lore’ to understand this is where the game is. Nature calls it ‘selection’.

Favorable nicks, unfavorable nicks??? let’s chew-the-cud on this…. separate the market fanfare as wheat-from-the-chaff just know Nature calls its better tune, through dominance.

No doubts breeding has reaped much change. The ‘numbers’ made it change. Thoroughbreds – real-estate or commodity. A beautiful sham…

It’s complex n’ tricky business but I shall persist where peculiarities towards pedigree analysis, to the actual breeding itself, is to carefully discern where the breeding program is advancing to, as well from.

The requisite to breeding is to understand both what strengthens or weakens – not only of ‘lines’ but also the constitutional phenotype.

– the ever increased sprinting over sprinting lines of ‘listed’ stallions has incrementally confused, thrown out breeding practice, throw out consistency, thrown out elementary constitution.

Thoroughbreds without diligent breeding –“now its about sales. There is an intersect between sales & racing, but it is very tricky to find the sweet spot right now” Tony Lacy.
How true!

Perhaps, perhaps, Science genetics and bio-mechanic technology might solve what stipulates superior genotype/phenotype attributes of greater selected individuals. And maybe… it’s solution for bigger investment/ commercial operators (dry humour…)

Back on the subject…. in-breeding Nijinsky.

Be reminded, Nijinsky is ‘immeasurable’ – rich as a genetic-ocean; his breeding has exceptional & infinite influence.

“In most ways Nijinsky was the perfect racehorse: he was a well-grown individual, good-looking and a fluent mover. As a two year old he was unbeaten in 5 races”.

Sir Charles Leicester

So when encountering Nijinksy to any pedigree, its excitement where he, Nijinsky continually ‘arises’ with genetic prowess of an unknown consistency.

Aside from Tapit, Fastnet Rock, Beauty Generation, War Front, Redoute’s Choice, Black Caviar et al –

→The promising new star Airlie Stud stakes G2 winner, Niarchos bred, 2 year old filly: Albigna by Zoffany, from Freedonia ex-Selkirk has Nijinsky – 3x – 6Sx6Sx4D.

→Silvano’s Pride (SAF) Group 1 winner mare by the German bred Silvano from Mary’s Pride ex-Jet Master has Nijinsky 4Sx6d & importantly, a Nijinsky male line.
→Hawwaam (SAF) multiple Group 1 winner, 4 yr horse – Silvano from a mare by Jet Master n.b. Nijinsky male line.

In the name & of finer sacraments to ‘breeding’ them well – one can never discount Nijinsky where back-breeding ‘back’ to the breed to ensure the backbone.

That backbone IS the future of breeding….

It is with ‘quality’ and only quality upon line-breeding to eventually mound, its finest. Genetics shall merge, soften to be more distantly powerful, than the nearer. This is the story of natural progression….

So if ya’ all get the TBL sermon….you breed IN, what ‘seizes’ the desired quality. Period.

“man selects for parentage those specimens of the breed which show the qualities which he wishes reproduced” – Sir Charles Leicester, Bloodstock Breeding