The Thoroughbred Link employs female families as strains.
It is not new – it was the Bedouins who tracked horse ancestry through the maternal/females lines and not just by paternal lines
The family-strain carried characteristics.
Whilst speed is the aim, the two bred elements of sire & mare should be dominant complementary carrying on-going stability of breeding in the cycles of genetic regeneration or rotation.
Many sires have superior racing performance, but are not ‘true’ breeders(progenitors) and mares can either have breeding merits or aptitude for speed or both.
Much may depend on family breeding generational cycles over generational phrases going either upward or downward, or stabilized according to past sires used.
It is to view the interwoven strands of the entire pedigree of the horse and to place characteristics of breeding upon the pedigree.
The phenotype (physique) ‘works’ from pedigree but also the way inheritance wants to or does not want to work.
Always go after ‘strength’ & size of bone, in shoulder, length of croup and good length of hip with a good head to match. These hand-in-hand are intelligence, agility and impulsion to gallop.
Is there efficiency and economical ‘physics’ of the animal i.e. the way it walks or holds its ‘presence’ through the eye.
Put it all together it equates to ‘balance’ and a behaviour which conveys an unique presence.
The very thing which catches the eye and says “I’m a winner”.