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Identified across many an international pedigree are those belonging to the 5h female family.

The european line ⇒ Rough Shod II (Gold Bridge-Dalmary by Blandford-Simon’s Shoes by Simon Square-Goody Two Shoes by Isinglass – where lightening strikes – the 5H family certainly has its fire. image

5h line-breeding to these individuals: Sadlers Wells (USA), Nureyev (USA), Fairy King (USA), Thatch (USA), Geiger Counter (USA), Northern Meteor (AUS)  Moccasin (USA), Lt Stevens (USA) et al

Reform (IRE), Val de Loir (FR) , Lorenzaccio (GB)

the German bred line via Konigsstuhl (GER), ‘W’ german family i.e. Waldgeist (GB)

Their evolutionary progressed from ancestress dam (Ann of the Forest by King Fergus) f.f. 5h identified to the mitochondrial DNA haplotype D1b.

Where drawn to a pedigree plan, it is ‘amassing’ these individuals that can be best considered the nutshell... consistent, constitutional stamina breeding to Oak & Derby types. And importantly, with regular ability to further produce stock high-quality.

Advancing its classic status: Blandford, chef-de-race classic sire, had the breeding to mare *Dalmary – her dam Simons Shoes. Blandford below 


–  from the same distaff to & via dam, *Simons Shoes are Reform (Pall Mall IRE), Val de Loir (Vieux Manoir FR) and, Lorenzaccio (Klairon GB)

– Konigsstuhl distaff (Gallinule (GB) by *Isonomy) and ‘W’ 5h family, (Doncaster GB) the same distaff to Waldgeist (UK) (a side note, this reference to Blandford – where he is inbred to *Isonomy….connect those ‘dots’!)

to stud-duty, Kongisstuhl (f.f.5h) went highly successful with fourteen group winners. His off spring when inbred to Kaiserkrone (3rd dam) produced Lavirco (a 2x G.1 Derby winner. When Kongisstuhl was inbred to Kaiserkrone through her dam, Kaiseradler, this produced Monsun (4x leading German sire), Majoritat (champion 3 year old filly in germany) and Alkalde (champion german miler at 3years) 


The 5H family inbred & line-breeding to its band & co-affinity can overview great pedigrees to cohesively ‘knit’ and I may suggest… constitutional durability. A  considerable Quality, to the wider modern breeding spectrum.

Whether it is regeneration to pattern or formula, it is where history begins & repeats…Goody Two-Shoes dam of stayer Charles O’Malley and better recognized as the sire of Malva, dam of all class racehorse and leading sire Blenheim, as sired by yes, Blandford.

European breeders such as Maria Niarchos, John Magnier and Robert Sangster noticed the genetic connection between Dalmary and Blenheim, because they were fans of Rough Shod’s family (5H) – Ken McLean 

It is a family which always features and progressively, excelling thoroughbred breeding to produce outstanding runners, to their outstanding results.

-Navigating the f.f. 5h layout …

multiple G1 winner & international performer Ghaiyyath by Dubawi, from Nighttime (IRE) – 5H factors via the dam Special, Lorenzaccio, Thatching

ENABLE (GB) – supreme Sadlers Wells 2×3 

Waldgeist, the prodigious sire Sadlers Wells, Konigsstuhol, the ‘W’ (GER) 5h.

Classic & SUPERB pedigrees: Sea of Class (IRE) & Stradivarius (IRE) Sadlers Wells, Lorenzaccio

Dundeel (High Chaparral) Sadlers Wells, Nureyev, Val De Loir:  sire of  Castelvecchio – breeding beyond ordinary

Azmiyna (Galileo) 1/2 sister to Azamour (IRE) and the dam of genus reflects: The Autumn Sun Sadlers Wells, Lt Stevens

Zabeel (Sir Tristram) – Conduits, of Essential Difference (part 4) Nureyev, Val De Loir

Back to the Future with Tarzino (NZ) Fairy Bridge, Nureyev, Reform

Should you ever come by a broodmare on sale… snap her up!


Dundeel (NZ) video to enjoy – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1539972026077494&id=297443386997037


Tarzino (NZ) true character to Fairy Bridge, Nureyev, Reform (photo by TBL)