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– from maiden to Makybe Diva Stakes G1 winner (G1) over a space 5 months – the Australian 5yo bay gelding by Shamus Award is talk of the racing community.

His farm nick name is ‘Splinter’ – worth-a-read story where ugly-duckling grows swan to home breeding development and to his deceased dam. Read a great article here.

To subjects genotype & prototype : the natural win, Nature Strip (AUS) the factors, Spearmint lines thru familial distaffs and of similarity, comes around to Incentivise (Shamus Award – Miss Argyle) .

NotingIncentivise 6th dam Phrygia distaff by Felstead/Spion Kop/Spearmint. Coronation Boy grand- dam Wild Mint by Spearmint, 15x Nogara from Catnip by Spearmint via Nearco & Niccolo dellarco – 12x Plucky Leige by Spearmint 12x via Sir Gallahad, Bull Dog. A good reminder Danzing is distaff, 3rd dam Felstead.

Of further remarkable interest is Spearmint’s daughter Bathing Girl exported to USA. Two generations later the dam produces Hall of Fame US chestnut sire Eight Thirty & broodmare sire of Hold Your Peace (USA).

Felstead 9sx7D expand 10 strains Spearmint

  • it’s remarkable to see Incentivise’s Hyperion line-bred @ 26 strains greater balance v. Nearco’s 18. However Hyperion’s dam Selene @ 21 strains through her 3 sons Hyperion, Pharamound, Sickle indicates she is the further genetic power.
  • Spokes wheel inner, this is Star Kingdom: to the old road: Star Kingdom (IRE) 5 strains via Biscay, Kaoru Star, Noholme, Fairy Stream. The SK male line to Incentivise grand-dam, Precious Pearl. Plus broodmare sire Iglesia, the SK male line to dam-daughter Yodells & grand-dam Yodelling Lady. Incentivise sire Shamus Award, SK male line to the granddam Finito Fling. This is a distinct arrangement, core genetic-carriage, familial daughters distaff has the refining practice.
  • Further thru genetic layers that of ‘nicks’; Star Kingdom to Spearmint, resting with Carbine (sire of Spearmint) by Star Kingdom’s broodmare sire Concerto (GB) from dam line, noting granddam by Carbine.

The concentration of speed in the parents of Star Kingdom and so signally expressed in his own performances and progeny had a revolutionary impact on the Australian thoroughbred.

Peter Willetts – The Classic Racehorse

potent degrees of speed n’ stamina are rightly, unique