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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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