Bring it on…Max



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The horse that is Max. He is an intriguing well-bred individual and we shall review his rich genotype pattern. The breeding – Maximum Security (USA) by New Year’s Day (Street Cry) from dam, Lil Indy by Anasheed.

Maximum Security – The Racehorse robust where his athleticism brings beauty, courage, willpower – the raw aptitude to master any other. Not an ineligible racehorse at all!

 –  Max’your heart is free, have the courage to follow it (Braveheart)

Undoubtedly his future♥ shall bring so much more to that gripping, & breathtaking winning style. Let’s see what gets the champion pedigree. The graciously bred, as from his sire & broodmare sire, these brushed aside stallions. (wink)

Maximum Security dam line, hails from the exalted matriarch Chelandry to the female family 1-N.

Exploring MS genotype, interplay the angles, crosses & fusions, these depths covering 10 Generations. Primarily determined through St. Simon !! (n.b. ***refer below the overview exercise to cover 10 generational Span)

Machiavellian – 45x’s St. Simon
Helen Street – 56 x’s St. Simon
Dixie Union – 32 x’s St. Simon, 21x’s Fair Play
General Jeanne – 25 x’s St. Simon, 18x’s Spearmint
AP Indy – 39x’s St. Simon
Flagbird – 54x’s St. Simon, 26 x’s Canterbury Pilgrim
Cresta Rider- 36x’s St Simon, 32 x’s Hermit
Rugosa – 34 x’s Stockwell, 25 x’s Newminister


The Imperial St Simon of an overreaching mass but especially do peruse the modern-type potency. Check through these ‘trait’ peculiarities (those which I dearly champion for good reason!). 

5-i, the diverse trait via Machiavellian (→Hoist the Flag) & Anasheed (→Hoist the Flag)


Probe them deep, what gains ancestral directive lines, those infused upon female principle distaff. Notice this to the Chelandry bloodline.  They are Rosicrucian from Madame Egletine and Sunstar (by Sundridge) , the two are f.f. 5.i.

It is not to tie over as straight-line pedigree workings: it is to pierce and appreciate genetics permeate the Structure, a comprehension (if you like) to the crafting of breeding.

Up and Down the analyzing to pedigree…where broodmare sires are considered pivotal and to MS, address his broodmare sire Anasheed (AP Indy).

Anasheed genetics are pretty much running on blue hen La Troienne (female family 1-x) via dam Flagbird distaff + Buckpasser + Jet Action (by Jet Pilot) + Poker (by Round Table)

Anasheed was exported to Russia in 2010.

MS’s sire, New Year’s Day also kinda vexed as non-appealing, thus it dealt his final US breeding season only to cover 25 mares. New Year’s Day sold-off to Brazil. Come 2019 he went on-sold to Japan (Shadai Stallion Station). Hmmm….

New Year’s Day grand-dam sire Honour and Glory (Relaunch) carries twice La Troienne through sires, The Axe and Francis S.

– Honour and Glory also inbred to Turn-To and impacts (6sx9Dx6Dx6d) via Machiavellian/Halo & Mr Leader.

Another highlight to broodmare sire Anasheed is 3 year old colt, by the name Shivaree (USA) and the La Troienne pattern echoes once again.

Shivaree was 2nd to Tiz the Law in the Florida Derby G. 1.

     – Shivaree by sire, Awesome of Course (let’s note, f.f. 1-x!!) from Garter Belt to 4th dam sire Anticipating (USA) from ⇒ La Troienne, female family 1-x.  Boom! – its where you want these patterns of genetics to run…

Its the Fundamentals: refining a perfect pedigree is How those are pointed and ‘keyed’ to those essential individuals with Greater phylogenetic influences to the modern bred.

Considered factors to breeding racehorses can and will ascend through the superior conduit inheritance pattern; ‘squared’ to family evolutionary relationship. Certain strains of parent-stock of the Thoroughbred are preternatural.

–  genotype relationship – both ancestral and synergistic upon the present generation and comparing phylogenetic clustering strongly suggests and plays the major keys.

***The phylogenetics  cluster group(s) where mapped scientifically via ancestry; domesticated selective breeding have evolutionary adaption as genetic (mutation) drifts. These estimated to a mean generation interval of 11.36 years.

***To survey genotype to a span towards 11-12 generations reveals potential consolidated individuals – the potent conduits go determined.

The span – via familial breeding (distaff) heads to source – provide mitochondrial DNA potential. Thus the blueprint is to appreciate matrilineal factors: to refine ‘collective’ bloodline females. They are what might reproduce the productive, the Potential.

The ancestry shall shape  & regenerate along those lines, like La Troienne.


Sunny side up


Further reading

Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Maximum Security’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine

Credit with reference to FB – Horse Racing Legends (Group)




Succession to Shamardal



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The recent announcement to passing of supreme sire Shamardal had surprise and shock.

Shamardal, his potent supremacy verve to European colt star-performers named Pinatubo, Earthlight, and 2 year old Victor Ludorum (→ a ‘wow’ maternal bred pedigree to 3×3 Helen Street and 5x5x5 Petingo, sire of Troy).

In the filly/mare ranks is multiple G1 performer Castle Lady (Shamardal – Windsor County).

– Interestingly, her distaff (to depth of generations as infused/in-bred to Isonomy. That is a key point… & (*if readers grasp Blandford as highly influential from our past articles) is noting, the tremendous Blandford trait is in-bred to Isonomy. Snap!


Shamardal is the pattern-prototype. Decisively like his dams half brother the wonderful Street Cry who bred glamour mares of world racing wonder as named Zenyatta and Winx.

These extraordinary, unbelievable individuals are not only of a racing type phenomena but also the poignant breeding truth – phenotype salutes genotype.

Breeding is calculating genetics to get the hybrid individual to be a consistent prototype. In a nutshell, its breed-shaping.

It is so much more than breeding legs: it is potentializing the horse to ability –  capably endure itself beyond what we humans accept as its speed.

– it is to achieve the impossible….

Let’s remember a few of his progeny.

His, the enigmatic, quirky G.1 Hong Kong sprinter Pakistan Star of an ineffable brilliance from back of the field to win running, over top. His breeding – Shamardal – Nina Celebre (IRE) of ol ‘depth from her German/French female roots aka Alchimist (Ger) the dynamite influence to Urban Sea family 9-h.

And his highly respected Hong Kong multiple G.1 performer Able Friend (Shamardal – Ponte Piccolo (NZ)  by Volksraad). (take a sharp look at Scottish Rifle inheritance ff 15a)

The French Derby winner Lope de Vega (Shamardal – Lady Vettori) a sire and of a pedigree which prior ‘shaped’ his genetic preference to further come through. These influences are Machiavellian and Sharpen Up (further noted below)

Shamardal the stallion:  the great sire to great sire from grand-daddy Storm Cat got Giant’s Causeway got Shamardal.

This Dominance… upon a male-sire line of dominant gene characters fierce. And so beneath the genotype arrangements to source the racing-machine progenitor,  the infinite – *Solario (Gainsborough – Sun Worship (Sundridge) f.f. 26.

Female family 26 – the mit DNA as belonging to Cypron, the dam of Herod: the Herod sire of All. They sped to the future and the speed progenitor upon female distaff – Storm Cat and Royal Academy and Mt Livermore, via Spy Song – these are individuals to remember for *pedigree*

Through many a long night burning-out, just how Winx was Winx through contribution and build of strains, via her sire Street Cry and peeling through his maternal pedigree the intrigues of female family 5-i. It is a strain/trait belonging to an individual which infuses superior Typology as incised upon a modern bred racehorse.

Always sharpen pencils upon: Kris/Sharpen Up and Hoist The Flag.

Street Cry and Shamardal, the maternal broodmare sires Machiavellian/Troy factors  irrefutable & what makes todays superior champions, a ‘cut’ above the rest – has their  effortless action, a champion galloper ably, enjoying his Dominion.


Machiavellian(photo credit, Facebook, Thoroughbred Bloodlines)

It don’t come easy when breeding quality athletics. However, accessible from profiling lines which last and this maxim, shoves guts, to any International genotype Pedigree. Thereto…speculate the phenotype ability which must identify what (preferred) prototypes has (at best) bio-mechanical efficiency.

– And hereof, these dynamics gather about Shamardal’s succession.

Without a doubt, Pinatubo at the completion of his racing career will court the best of best broodmares everywhere/anywhere.

Another, to the outstanding Godolphin bred international performer & sprinter Blue Point (Shamardal – Scarlett Rose (GB) ) shuttled to Australian shores for his 2020 stud duty. Interestingly, Blue Point’s pedigree also has the 5x’s to *Solario (f.f. 26)

Aside from these big-names of European racing, to promotion of highest-quality sires, one can dexterously procure Shamardal’s genetic fruit for a nominal sum. I’m on board to this Shamardal  son, Crackerjack King  (IRE ) – Shamardal – Claba Di San Jore (IRE) by Barathea

Crackerjack King     ⇒

Crackerjack King, went brave to 3rd in the Caulfield 1800m Underwood Stakes. He went to 7 wins of distances 1800m to 2200m and crowned a Champion Older Male in Italy.

His dam Claba Di San Jore (IRE) and producer of Jakkalberry (Storming Home, he sired by Machiavellian!).

Jakkalberry was truly an international performer over 6 racing countries winning multiple G.1, 2 and 3 titles of 1800m to 2200m. Jakkalberry (was) an exciting stallion but through a gut infection, his promising stud career ended early at Novara Park, New Zealand (2018).

Respect, Claba Di San Jore, the 3rd dam’s factor (Crodas (IRE) is in-bred to Umidar (Blandford). Blandford – the Classic profiling type for robust genetics. (n.b. an important read to Understand Blandford influences, TBL blog A winged electric – Pinatubo

Again and again it is to appreciate genetics roll cyclic, clustering to the vital ‘regeneration’. This is the circuitry-board…

Planning out, the broodmare sire to any pedigree-cycle is where bloodlines catalyse…. thus, Barathea (Sadlers Wells) of notorious f.f 5-H . This is same family-line to Nureyev and Val-de-Loir as to recognize these maternal strains are Dalmery (by Blandford)!

I believe the maternal grandsire can exert a major pivoting influence for good or bad in a specimen pedigree. Ross du Bourg – The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred.

And….because we love to explore how Shamardal genetics might work regenerating, we’ve proposed these Australian broodmare lines which keep/adapt the genotype framework.

  • Danehill Dancer upon influences : Sharpen Up & Caro
  •  Choisir (as above plus *Solario, Hornbeam (see Troy) Big Game (Blandford) + Court Martial
  •  Proisir (as above plus Fairy King (f.f.5h) via Encosta de Lago plus *Solario
  • Fastnet Rock – upon influences, Crimson Satan, Big Game (Blandford)  Brantome (Blandford) & Solario

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footnote – New Zealand readers may like to review the pedigree of quality performer Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) to appraise Fastnet Rock across the  broodmare sire Barathea.





The Grey Flash – Chautauqua



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“Chautauqua – he’s flying….Can he do it – “YES”

No racing enthusiast can tire of watching footage to the Australian grey gelding “The Grey Flash”.

Chautauqua inspired anyone with a racing soul – his name blazes sprinting like the panther on his prey.

Chautauqua ran from the back. Swish, a staggering velocity charge and with precision, he knew how to win.

6 Group 1 wins and three successive TJ Smith Stakes wins, in same spectacular fashion, the impossible last to an impossible, breathtaking win.

The extraordinary intelligence of the dramatic Chautauqua as cannily accompanied, by the laid-back temperament – to his disheartened appetite to achieve more high-class racing.

With several attempts to refresh, the Australian gelding made terms retire.

So where did his genetic roots to be devilish fast, emerge?

Chautauqua (AUS) by Encosta de Lago from Lovely Jubly (AUS) by Lion-Hunter (AUS). D.P. 16-16-22-0-2 (56).

 Assigned to the female family 8-k,  DNA profile: mtDNA-L3alb, it is designated to an ancestral mare from Emperor of Stallions Stockwell. 

The colonial bloodline continues/descends through the distaff, Miss Delaval (NZ).

A genotype pedigree of speed, it is all pre-determined.

For a student of pedigree the Chautauqua pedigree is Principally by inherited collective mass; female family 9c strain-nucleus through and via Fair Trial (aka Lady Juror) Royal Charger (Sun Princess), Nasrullah (Mumtaz Begum). Plus more importantly, notice where viewed & picked-up, through those sire’s direct maternal descendant via same family bloodline, to distaff infusion. i.e. extended bloodline

Look closely at these interlocking and close family members. f.f.9c i.e. Sainfoin/Sundridge f.f.9c i.e. Sainfoin/2x Sundridge f.f. 9c i.e. Sainfoin/Sundridge
Reflect the champion flying filly – f.f.9c i.e. 2x Lady Josephine/Sundridge

( These genetic contributors and composite genetic cousins are race horse sprinter complete. Assert them by family tables to the collective rather than treated as separate components.

Interestingly – the great New Zealand bred mare Leilana, also of Chautauqua’s f.f. 8k, she by sire Onicidium from Lei by Summertime) inflicts an almost, similar replica of genetic frame-work. Namely through 6x to Sundridge (grand-dam Sanda) via, the notable French sire Pherozshah (f.f.9c Mumtaz Mahal) & Solario.

Leilana was 1973/74 champion 3 year old filly and 1974/75 Champion Racehorse of the Year in Australia.


Much alike…another high-quality champ of Australian racing – Leica Lover (f.f.8k) by Latin Lover from Miss Valeicia, noting 4×5 Hurry On from dam Tout Suite by Sainfoin from dam, Sanda.

Add in, the grand-dams sire Leica→Panorama→→Sundridge. Reference also Ribot’s dam, Romanella in-bred to Sunstar (Sundridge) & Rock Sand/Sainfoin (dam, Sanda)

It is important to well acquaint oneself upon these pre-determined deistic patterns.


@ social distance

The charismatic Chautauqua is settling very well to his new equestrian career.


further reading

Chautauqua adds new chapter to his colonial family tree


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 –

Blenheim II – Important Pedigree Ingredient

Reference material – Typology of the Racehorse – Franco Varola

Bloodstock Breeding – Sir Charles Leicester

5-i, the diverse trait


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Today’s subject reviews a genotype bred ‘ideal’ , the Australian bred (Gilgai Farm) 2 year colt –  Najem Suhail   by Starspangledbanner (AUS) from Sophie’s Spirit ex-Invincible Spirit (IRE)

Najem Suhail races in South Africa and has won his first juvenile race from a field of 12 runners. He was purchased at 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $100k (AUS)

Gilgai Farm also claims the breeding of Jammin’ with JamekaBlack Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigree . Deeper analysis to Black Caviar can be reviewed 1 Trait in a Genetic Ocean – II

The nature to layman genetics and d.i.y breeding is how/where/why – lay down the ‘esteemed’ or determinable trait(s).

A closed stud-book finds genotype, pedigrees at large (more or less) with virtual similarities through those  breed-shapers. We consider those a ‘0’ base-point, a frame to the modern day thoroughbred. Establishing vigorous breeding is to pursue and ‘milk’ the preferred bloodline that ‘fire’.

Placing ‘weight’ & concentrations to fixated type line-breeding and utilizing in-breeding will not provide all. Yes, it is the ‘frame’ work, but trick goes to identify longer sex-balance plus further refine attributes desired, & those are to replicate.

Work the skill to see ‘where’ bloodlines rise or dominant through the female distaff. It is determining the Distinctive, the coercive factor which compels above the other. Often, the coercive factor lays deep within the furthermost remove, a re-invigoration to a particular bloodline waits because old stockman will appreciate there is a return to parent-stock at some point.

The great delight to isolating powerful traits bestowed by predecessor to the contemporary bred is to manipulate genetic potential forward with benefit.

Again work through the distaff depth… the important Individuals will determine.


Subject horse ⇒ Najem Suhail (AUS) by (Starspangledbanner AUS)

Solario f.f.26Galopin/Sundridge/Amphion in-bred &  White Eagle f.f.5j →Gallinule/Galopin/Isonomy to relate 32x’s Galopin (n.b. re: Galopin –genetic research states Delight is correct sire, not Vedette. Delight is the distaff massey mare f.f. 5f assigned also  to Native Dancer!)


To the immediate female distaff pedigree – 2x Nasrullah aka Mumtaz Begum f.f.9c, grand-dam Lady Josephine by Sundridge/Amphion. 2x Round Table where inbred to White Eagle/Gallinule/Galopin

     –  Sharpen Up  2x’s via, Danehill Dancer & Invincible Spirit (Mira Adonde and Kris) . Sharpen Up (Atan from Rochetta f.f. 5i. Note the bloodline relationship between f.f.5i and 5.j both trail to Diversion from the Folly family. The formative aptitude, to the f.f.5i Trait is first suggested by an ancestor Rosicrucian (GB) 5i – appraised as a sire quality to excelling at producing precocity and speed. 

Danehill Dancer – champion 2 year colt in Ireland. His son, Choisir a champion 2 year colt in Australia across broodmare sire, Invincible Spirit – breeding brilliance & record sire producer of 2 year old winners. The dedicated & major point – to utilizing these Individuals where those genetics come to breeding; reinstating the required genotype/phenotype diversity for precocity and speed.


Invincible Spirit (TBL photo)


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1 Trait in a Genetic Ocean – II


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The bloodline bound, secrets they hold…

TBL introduced 1 Trait in a Genetic Ocean the un-classified strain given to a whiteshirt mare.

‘Her’ influential significance, curiously overlooked. TBL regards Whiteshirt as K.P.I. It is a subtle and seemingly potent influence and requires a sturdy study alongside Female Family lines.

We have explored ‘her’ as an unique peculiarity and to be regarded a powerful Trait of kind.  The breeding powerhouse, nicking arrangements, with origin as trait influences somehow, to that of the massey mare, classified family 5.**

“it is most likely that this extraordinary mare of Lord Montague’s was of the same breed as the mare of the celebrated breed of Lord Montague’s (GSB V.1, page 14) – grand-dam of *Sedbury and would trace to family 68 of Tables.” credit reference

The influential origin(s), may yet underpin many contemporary pedigrees and we shall re-visit Black Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigree to update.

Black Caviar typeset to 1) Vain (3×4) thus, paternal grand-sire Court Martial to his dam’s sire Hurry On, the giant with an electric burst of speed.

Court Martial

Black Caviar

Hurry On
Hurry On – 2x’s Hermit (f.f.5d) – (Ebony)
sire – Marcovil, his dam f.f.12-c (whiteshirt strain)
Hurry On – broodmare sire Sainfoin by Springfield f.f. 12-c (whiteshirt strain)



Marcovil and Sundridge are photos via Breeding Racehorse by the Figure System by Bruce Lowe

Black Caviar – 2) Silly Season (5×5) → Tom Fool →Sundridge (Amphion/Springfield f.f.12-c)+ Equipose (f.f.5-j) + White Eagle (ff.5-j)

3) Black Caviar by sire, *Bel Esprit (*f.f. 34) ancestress Brandy Nan by Sedbury f.f.68**

(n.b. Brandy Nan is of the Young Marske mare f.f.34 Family, and not to be confused to Hutton Blacklegs/Coneyskins mare also assigned f.f.34.) Brandy Nan by Sedbury is also ancestress to the late-deceased Waikato Stud sire, Sacred Falls (NZ) by Oreilly.)

It is meaningful to view the frame of the family 9c (Lady Josephine, Mumtaz Mahal, Solario et al) as genetic-coupled to Sundridge, noting whiteshirt factor (as a trait) to Amphion/Springfield.

Scheduling a pedigree to ‘whiteshirt‘ determinants is more less cryptic. However, whiteshirt invites an unworldly depth.

Did you know….???

Breed Shaper – Native Dancer (f.f. 5f) 5th distaff dam Fiona is by Amphion

Helen Street, dam of Street Cry, 4th dam sire Worden, the male-line Rialto (FR) f.f.12b→→→→Dinah (Dinah ancestress ie. Lexington (USA)→→→→whiteshirt

Tapit (Pulpit), 5th distaff dam by Royal Note (USA) f.f.12b→→→→2x Dinah→→→→whiteshirt (sidenote: Tapit’s dam pedigree is remarkable!)

The large Idea (wink)… to truly engage the obscure Typology, the genus which drives, rather than a sole rectilinear application to either sire or dam.

voice of the past: The Horse Breeders Handbook by Joseph Osborne, his reference to *Amphion…he is a rich chestnut with blaze face and some white on his hind fetlocks, stands 15 hands 3in. girths 6ft.3in., measures 8,1/4in. below the knee, and is a horse of the most perfect symmetry with fine propelling power. Amphion had a long and most distinguished turf career, commencing when two years old and continuing well into his fifth year.

*Sainfoin, by Springfield is the second produce of Sanda. He is a rich chestnut, with blaze face and otherwise marked much alike to Stockwell, to whom he bears a remarkable resemblance’ is a horse of good power and rare quality, standing 15 hands 3in high, while he girths 6ft., and measures 8in below the knee. Commenced his turf career in 1889 when he ran only once. When three years old, in 1890, Sainfoin made a good commencement. At Ascot, Sainfoin made a bold attempt to take the rich Hardwick Stakes, but failed to beat Amphion, to whom he ran second. He begat 7 foals in 1895, three of which where winners. From Sainfoin’s splendid breeding there need be little doubt of his siring many more winners, if breeders will be sufficiently wise…




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1 Trait in a Genetic Ocean


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Today’s blog revisits Roberto’s (Hail to Reason) xeno-genetic transmittance.
– updating for pedigree buff reading where is…Roberto and Winx – workin’ them genes + Winx came from Herod

When “Designing Champions” – what foundational ‘mare’ belongs to more extraordinary breeding?

The strain, the trait, an attribution peculiar to the Individual, the bloodline shall assign the preeminence of family.

The ‘impression’ to phenotype…2 year old growth-development/speed, stamina potential, x-factor calculated to individuals racing character, the temperament, body ‘frame’ upon cited In-breeding. Those calculated contributors, as superior factor, are foremost.

refine the dams breeding

→ consider the dam’s Potential and depth – what a dam naturally, subtly possesses through formative bloodline, the DNA

Genus of bloodlines.

Roberto, (classified to f.f.12a), he the maternal, grand-dam sire of Zenyatta by Street Cry and compare Hold Your Peace (classified f.f.12b) as maternal, great-dam sire to Winx by Street Cry ( Roberto, Hold Your Peace are classified sub-branch’s to family 12)

It reveals to each, their distaff traces to Whiteshirt mare.
– prior accounts exist, where family tables concur much emphasis upon family 12 viz, Eclipse, per his grand-dam Mother Western.

By review, accounts to Mother Western (ex- Old Montague mare per Royal Mare) and Whiteshirt mare (ex Montague mare by Whiteshirt) are not related. (as the family 12 implies)

credit reference

– Whiteshirt mare and table Descent Chart 5

*there can be no doubt, that the Whiteshirt mare and Mother Western descended distinctly from separate roots the former tracing to the breed of Lord Montague of Cowdray and the latter, to one of D’Arcy Royal mares.
– *as ancestress of a prominent strain, the Whiteshirt mare deserves to be designated as a foundation mare of a separate family.

*White shirt mare was out of an extraordinary mare of Lord Montagu’s….

The distinctive factor further states: *the old Montagu mare, the dam of Sedbury. So called, from being daughter of a mare of the breed of Lord Montagu of Cowdray, who, in the time of Charles II, was famous for his stud of horses.

Sedbury (Crofts Partner-Old Montagu mare, from Lord Montagu’s mare, the family 68 from the Whiteshirt mare.

(n.b. Sedbury – the sire of Sedbury mare from Ebony, a Massey mare f.f. 5 where Ebony had 5 daughters and these where each classified family 5, these siblings however, not from Sedbury)

the ideal genotype-phenotype-prototype to WINX (Street Cry- Vegas Showgirl by Al Akbar) photo credit reference (FB & owners et al – we advise we do not hold ANY copyright and advise  Fair Use where the material here, is used exclusively to illustrate bloodline characteristics per the article and with no other purpose.  Please do not PIN. 

Winx f.f. 5b, her 4th dam Vegas has notably 3x’s to *Sundridge (see below).

Hoist the Flag f.f.5i (Street Cry) & of, Zenyatta 2x’s – the gems trace to ancestress Diversion f.f.5i. Diversion → Little Folly (her sire has 2x infusion to Mothern Western, 1 to Diana ⇒ Whiteshirt mare. Little Folly → Magnolia→→Sedbury Mare→Ebony by Sedbury from Whiteshirt mare.
Whiteshirt mare – maternal strain/ ‘trait’ back-bone to Empirical sire and of equine-soul to the Northern American Thoroughbred – Lexington (Boston- Alice Carneal) f.f.12-b

‘ Whiteshirt ‘ contemporary influences – Giants Causeway, Shamardal, Singspiel (IRE), Rahy (USA), Roberto, Meadowlake (USA), Hold Your Peace (USA), Grimaldi (BRZ),

mare – La Mission (ARG) ,

Champion Influences: – Macon (ARG), Peter Pan by Commands (USA) , *Sundridge by Amphion, Sainfoin by Springfield, Court Martial, Hurry On

International performing mare Wuheida (GB) by Dubawi – Hibaayeb (Singspiel)

watch for this sire – Frosted (Tapit – Fast Cookie) from 3rd dam by Roberto

What’s my take on this? As title suggests 1 trait in a genetic ocean and I cannot help but genuinely feel where Lord Montague’s mare (and possibly others) have quality genetics encoded ‘je ne sais quoi’. We can’t see them, they are not historically recorded, but are indeed defiant and present. Cheers TBL


Useful reading

more Roberto breeding influences – where is…Roberto! (Legacy of Lexington) (Sedbury – Ebony)

With due Thanks to historical notes and the articulate & astute research. Highly recommended it has reading which must be appreciated fullest and finest of detail.

on your game…

Eyes on any pedigree, TBL will identify dominating individuals and of ancestors that appear to possess X-factor inheritance and more so, the potential which has arisen through prior, judicious breeding.

– a further familiarization of fractional ancestors cannot go underestimated for it is these which provide an aggressive pre-potency. It is not always patterned, at close-quarter inbreeding.

 the specific appraisal, is to hinge the genotype, to a phenotype-prototype, for racing type superiority & thereof, its class.

Indeed, the A, B, C of breeding and an easy narrative beside every objective to its variance!

Stallion and bloodlines: – the tenon for inherent quality as encompassed by Industry (economics and production) where stallions influence production & breeders might evaluate breeding schedule through one sector below.

  • scarcity-value (to preserve) limited availability
  • elite-value (to conserve) black-type producers, ‘cyclic’ availability 
  • boutique-bred (prime market) self-governing, select, potential & opportunity
  • investment corporation breeding (selective, prime market)
  • commodity breeding (numbers & economy dependent)
  • low-end breeding production –  short-term transitory effect

By probing with readers, s.m. commentary and other….. there is a type of persuasion (?) where a newly purchased broodmare has requirements to produce immediate winners.

Indeed over simplified, yet a notion which holds magic.

Recently reviewing two pedigrees of contrast – one, ‘stamped’/renowned bloodlines and the other, a pedigree fallen away (by approx 2 – 3 generations) from its former breeding conductivity. The 2nd pedigree … (I thought) would take approx. 3 generations at least, to re-build where its 4th quality-performing dam went source-bred to European typology.

     – what warranted the purchase ?  Did category influence decision?

Any establishment upon pre-eminent bloodlines has the leverage…to go back to itself, through further production, the stock dependent on quality of sire, to HIS maternal lines.

Pre-eminence – Black-type producer.

The leverage towards pre-eminence, has the ability to improve, Ascend to the applied breeding-program designed, engineering the ideal prototype…benefiting  specialization of racing career ability.

The category (criteria) & the breeding to precociousness – a 2 year prototype up on speed fits mostly to a specific market which requires ‘quick’ return.

The 3 year colt criteria, to be sire potential thereof, ‘breeding rights’ for investors is a highly-sought commodity and objective. The colt-training stallion-making G1 achievements establishes promises to come.

–  the parameters shift to performance & performances with Timeform, time-rating (as speed productive comparable) which seemingly defines ‘speed’.

Humanity’s philosophy to speed for competitive breeding, versus judicious breeding which should be the imperative model to contemplate.

Competitive purposefulness: that quality breeding is synthesis ‘above’, rather than ‘bench-mark’ to a law of averages.

And idealistic it is – A responsible, breeding practice is to engage Improvement.

It is the balanced template for the constitutional robust providing speed and stamina ability.

as the ol’ man commented – when people drive past your farm, you want best on show.

The specimen you plan, you Get.


 “if realistic economic assessment forces a radical reduction in the numbers of stallions, thoroughbred broodmares and mares cluttering up our paddocks and stud farms ….my view is that 30% of the equine breeding population in Australia and New Zealand should be culled or pensioned off”   1970 Ross du Bourg (Australian bloodstock writer and author of The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred.



Replace the unknown with Curiosity, not complacency – Anonymous