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When one understands foundations, one understands the course of breeding development. Seth Hancock argued for strong female families more so than racing class.

Every ‘strain’ within a pedigree certainly provides introspection.

2015 Cox plate winner Winx has a pedigree with real spine. It is backed by the old greats somewhat close in the pedigree and this is highly central to note as those old bloods become naturally but are increasingly dissipated with newer predecessors with the greater emphasis towards Nearco.

It be referenced that Nearco as a sire  from  Typology of the Racehorse by Franco Varola wrote “he was capable of siring two Epsom Derby winners, Dante and Nimbus, who just managed to win that race, and another of his sons, Sayajiraro, went as as far as taking the St. Leger; but it is a fact that not one of his sons was able to win a major weight-for-age race as a four-year-old, of the calibre of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes or the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Some of his sons even showed a certain dislike of further training at the end of their three-year-old season…”

Opinionated as this may be, it is to observe breeding/racing life-spans in the contemporary era is increasingly precarious.

It is important to deeply comprehend the old bloods, the concentrations of Hyperion, Gainsborough, Bayardo, Swynford, Tourbillon because in their consistency across the ‘Y’ genetic board, they gave strength and ‘balance’.

Balance widely means constitution, stamina, speed, ability and dominance, with the wider capacity to endure genetically as a long-term breeder. They are the elements to high-quality foundational strains spliced into the folds of thoroughbred breeding.

The key is the firmer the foundation then the ‘righter’ the individual leans towards superiority.

Every pedigree is individualized favourably or non-favourably. However the eventual genetic arrangement is unpredictable yet in hindsight it will provide uncommon order.

Each pedigree is a progressive ‘step’ from and ‘into’ the cycle of the generations. It is to reflect the total integrations and the layers of strain within the pedigree. Do they complement and do they bind strengths?

To analyse the pedigree of Winx by Street Cry from Vegas Showgirl by Al Akbar is the revealed resonance which has uncovered intricacy of why genes seek affinity.

Winx – identified by female-family (ff) strain 5-b has progressive conducive balance, the strength to integrate to that of the sire Street Cry. It impresses upon the selectivity towards an old engine.

Significant way back one of my favourite old bloods is Tourbillon due to his sire Ksar and the long successful male lines they bring. How many times have I sighted when Ksar has still left his genetic glue. There is a worth there into beyond. This is not numerical, the percentage ‘gene’ calculable. It is the distinct individuality called inheritable trait which ‘fires’ others.

The most obvious stamp is that amazing strain 2-d, aka Natalma, daughter of great matriarch Almahmoud, dam of Northern Dancer and the great grand-dam of Machiavellian. There are the echoes of Almahmoud’s DNA (2-d) via Halo, the son of dam Cosmah, herself a daughter of Almahmoud who descended from great matriarch  Mother Goose.

Mother Goose

Mother Goose

Bred- back elements fold and re-fold to tie a genetic knot, since 2-d emerges its branch from 2-f The constructive breeding via Voodoo Rhythem (ff, 2-f)), Vegas Showgirl’s dam’s sire reflects the foundational 2 trait which heralds cohesion as seen with the Sunline , Secretariat, Phar-lap and Carbine configurations.

As Chris Waller, Winx’s trainer quipped ‘shades of Sunline’.

A pedigree is multi-dimensional co-ordinated: it is not one-directional linear as generally accompanied  with line-breeding

Jumping genes have a transposable element and a process of translocation but it is the density of foundation which is always the framework to follow.

Dominant strains have to be retained or the species fades.