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2015 VRC Oaks (AUS-G1,3yoF,2500m,Flemington)
2016 MRC Caulfield Cup (AUS-G1,2400m,Caulfield)
2015 Moonee Valley Vase (AUS-G2,3yo,2040m,Moonee Valley)
2015 VRC Sire’s Produce Stakes (AUS-G2,2yo,1400m,Flemington)
2016 MRC Naturalism Stakes (AUS-G3,2000m,Caulfield)

Pedigree conventional approaches aim at ‘visible’ clues where our subject mare, Jameka by MyBoyCharlie (IRE) from Mine Game (Aus) has Northern Dancer 5sx6sx5Dx5D.

Secondly, convention positions racing/breeding merits of stallion, as progenitor.

Over the maternal line, ‘info’ breeding/performance records: with association to other relationships examine within ‘same’ family circles, as common-place referral for commercial interests.

The job here….is not to recap commercial ‘news’ – as one can easily scout his/her information agreeable to themselves.

My job @ The Thoroughbred Link is to introduce newer dimensions, which can elude the obvious observable of superior pedigrees.

Let’s begin by peeling back the pedigree and view the family strain numbers. http://www.pedigreequery.com/jameka

Focusing on family strains filters the pedigree to see how it is structured.

Some folks are familiar with family strain numbers, some are not. Seems quality went out of fashion. Well, Smokin’ over a pedigree…says wiser….

For those who do recognize family (Bruce Lowe) numbers….may assume that a tap-root is only an assigned family number of smaller importance.

Hmmm, no.

Jameka’s family strain number is 1-e and we are to identify how that ‘strain’ has merged through time, as ‘it’ produced her.

A little background first…..for 15 years or so, I daily scratched away at pedigrees: back and forth till my eyes fell on ‘the-story’, the patterns of families. Maybe horses keep family secrets to themselves.

I absorbed Black Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigree for a 1000th time – asking it to give up her heavenly secret.

And there it was…. in the movement, in the ancestry, compounding, cycling almost like a breathing living thing. Believe me, it was a beautiful moment.


15 years cannot be transcribed…the brain keeps a record of details of how families assimilate as ‘nicks’.

I usually start by the 5th remove to start gauging what are apparent, moving sectionals at each remove to glean what is happening from the back lines as they merge through, in each section of the pedigree.

I will then look at the 4th remove to see the direct impact.

In pedigrees you will have a strong back bone, you will have foundation, you will have family-groups, and sub-family groups, the layers, who are going to be not only essential , but most vital and fore mostly have that domineering ‘natural’ ability to knit through.

I emphasise Vital; in the sense it raises the pedigree to another degree.

Family numbers may seem arbitrated as static.

Not so. It is noticeable where they intertwine, like fine threads delicately weaved. Not very scientific I know, but its brain-language @ 4-D simple.

The ‘actions’ of family members start to make more sense when one recognizes they move to compound or condense upon what is ‘attracting’ oppositely: the female and male balance seeking synchronization but with difference. Yes, its tricky.

Jameka’s dam, Mine Game tap-root & family strain is (1e).

Mine Game 1e, ancestrally evolved from Wild Arum, the dam of Malva from Charles O’Malley (IRE) 5-h family. Malva produced Blenheim 1-e, sired by Blandford, 3-o.

Charles O’Malley dam is Goody Two Shoes 5-h who had filly Simon Shoes, she producing a daughter Dalmary. Dalmary 5-h was also sired by Blandford 3-o.

Top-note – English Derby winner, Blenheim sired Nasrullah, Mahmoud, Donatello, the sire of Alycdion (1-w) has his 2 strains in the Jameka maternal pedigree. There are more 1-w strains to note….. evaluate these as ‘connectors’.

Do you see layers of structure as a foundation, folding in?

As we move through to nearer relationships, other families fold through. Namely the 8 strain and its branches as reinforced by The Minstrel 8-f and Grosvenor 8.

What does this do?

Re-work newer genotype/phenotype ‘bloods’?

Think about the way the dye was cast at origination….Wild Arum 1-e, namely had 7 Newminister strains of the family-strain 8.

Follow… MyBoyCharlie’s dam maternal line through to Thatching (IRE) where you shall notice they are inbred to the same 5h strain, which in turn runs back to Dalmary 5-h as above mentioned.

We are not talking horse a, horse b, horse c as separate or individual influences here. We are looking for firm genetic ties to accumulate upon ‘truer’ family blood at origination-point. *Origination = Purity*

six dams of derby winners sen to Blanford in Irelad..jpg

**Blandford and mares, Ireland 1931. Malva centre-back.

photo credit : tbheritage.com


View another “Malva’ inheritor in the maternal structure.

Summertime 2e – Precipitation – Great Truth, by the Blandford horse Bahram from Frankly, by Franklin from MALVA.

Summertime was a talented, and elegant, near black English stayer who developed into one of the most finest, all-purpose sires imported to Australasia.

Summertime endowed his stock with class, verve, acceleration and adaptability to almost any racing conditions and was also a magnificent sire of broodmares. – The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred by Ross du Bourg


 “The alternate sex line of influence (sometimes referred to as the “heart line”) in Nasrullah’s pedigree zigags to Derby winner Blenheim and to his broodmare sire Charles O’Malley, a highly-strung racehorse. If Nasullah inherited important sex-linked genes they would surely have come via Blenheim’s dam MALVA”. – Designing Speed in the Racehorse, Ken McLean


Genetic evolutionary phases work through to contemporary lines & will want familiar dominant tones.

I hear ‘buffs’ saying get-off-your-bike but do scrutinize what will sharpen the prime engines of blood, through molecules and atoms, that genetic stuff which is existence, the nucleus to all.imagesKE9DFLQZ

Where most recent phenotype conveys superior blood to you, look no further than Grosvenor as the thrust behind maternal stimulus.



Fine pedigrees, fine breeding is to yield the ‘very’ heart of the thoroughbred.

Intention of breeding is paramount.

More so, to mindfully select for the ‘diamonds’ like Jameka, projects these judicious thoughts to influence breeders to this day.

“The Thoroughbred is by far the most versatile and socio/ecologically valuable animal ever raised and tended by man, but under the present set-up of the industry it is being used almost exclusively for stakes-racing speed and rather insufficiently for the other various rates of speed of which it is capable. At the same time, it is being used almost exclusively for racing, and rather insufficiently for the other various metiers of which it is capable. This seems to be a satisfactory organisational situation for the time being, but it may prove ecologically costly in the long run.” – Typology of the Racehorse, Franco Varola