Terbium – deep ‘roots’ to a pedigree



Our subject – the 3 year old gelding Terbium (AUS) by Terango (AUS) ex-Serene Lass (AUS) from Not a Single Doubt (AUS). 4 starts for 4 wins. Last win the G.3 Zeditative Stakes (1200m)


I have chosen Terbium as the pedigree is clearly old master genetics. Let us champion economic breeding because home-bred can still provide the champagne.

Other sources have the story-line….Terango is a stallion without credible black-type, mated to a Not a Single Doubt mare whose on-course record went 0-0-0-0.

Such non-performing dams are still any breeders opportunity with potential awaiting after purchase price of $2k.

TBL advocates strains. Start and source the deep-roots to the dam bloodlines.

The genetic trail (5th & beyond) is a gateway to begin appreciation of where the pedigree-branch can takes its nucleus dominance.

Familial breeding is comprehending a dam’s strains which we adjudge as closest to the tap-root and its truest ‘blood’.

The sire impacts broodmare’s bloodline capacity should maintain or improve, rather than further diffuse ‘blood’ as to benefit future progeny. However the decision always weighs whether generational lines are ‘building’ and or of an opportunity to the outcross.

Yet the challenge and difficulty has developed and increased to an stage where todays majority, siring lines, are too familiar and thus differentiation falls to the dam lines to those (siring) strains within. Here lies the ‘gold’ – strains forgotten yet MUST resurrect to find only the best blood.

Time-worn… this will not alter.

Breeding is not instant: the breeding broodmare despite lacking  performance can still recover its potential.


Appreciate what-is-consolidating, WHAT influences upon breeding. (note, for the record TBL does not focus on the obvious closer in-bred (Danehill 3Sx4D) but navigate towards 5th (Zeddaan (GB) 5sx5d & the longer line-breeding principle targeting the exceptional breeding ‘trait’ contributor of difference). 

Unfolding same dynamic traits of todays’s greater performing pedigrees, starting with dam line to 5th dam Starquita/ Star Kingdom → Stardust (5×5) → traits to Sundridge via dam Sister Stella/Sunstar and Rego →Nasrullah → Solario.


Stardust – sired by Sundridge

What is it about THE Sundridge trait? It is not only the speed but has the sustenance to speed.

Against the tide of pedigree-planning expertise I am continually reminded how breeding genetics (as traits) are further deep-rooted submerged and it these which account for a horses ability to perform at another level. The 9th – 12th generations have a typology; the further we track back, its hindsight unravels why we are likely, playing to same explosive progenitor principles.

The fundamental idea is to “just keep looking”.

Zeddaan (GB) 5 x 5 –  Grey Sovereign/Nasrullah and his female family line ex- Lady Jospephine sired by Sundridge over that through the 3rd dam’s grand sire Sunstar by Sundridge. Supremo!

It shall be concluded it is not just speculating a pedigree to individuals alone but the gathering ‘collective’ pool which co-affiliates them.

TBL advice –  look for broodmares on sale, which hide long and deep strains to these.



The Broodmare – Winx



How do you upgrade/improve what IS perfection?

How do you go about the All of what’s-what, who’s who of stallion potential?

All offer degrees of merit and indeed the longer consideration for Winx owners, where n’ how the “W” brand is to breed success.

I recall a similar scenario where one Australian and New Zealand race-champion, maiden mare called Sunline, went to great New Zealand stallion Zabeel. Although a marketing and commercial gain – I was aghast at the mating.

With knock-of-hammer, the Sunline colt certainly got the money and it faded into history.

Further Sunline’s matings indicated maybe better…but those extraordinary race-track performances never went repeated.

Such is the case….

Like many aficionados, turning over every possible ‘clue’ to what makes Winx ‘wink’ has brought forth many significant factors of what under-pins attributes to breeding.

Creme-de-creme genetics, pre-potent influences type together: co-affiliated families compound as those passage the superior template. It influencing the ‘W’ phenotype to that ‘trait’, daisy-cut action, as belonging to her/their ancestral of master-stroke speed engines.

The aficionados know these family associations are nothing new but exceptionally powerful when they strike.
Americus Girl, Lady Juror, Mumtaz Mahal, Fair Trial, Mahmoud, Nasrullah et al

Mumtaz Mahal by The Tetrarch from Lady Josephine by SUNDRIDGE. Off spring include Mumtaz Begum, dam of Nasrullah, and Mah Mahal, dam of Mahmoud

Through recent purchase of rare memorabilia books, I was struck how world-dominant champions bred via heritage in-bred backstage ‘strains’ plus the few ‘shy-breeder’. Their lack of fertility interprets as ‘limitation’ but where perhaps, in another extraordinary or natural sense, is natures right to conservation.

Many of the great pillars of the Stud Book have been sons or daughters of shy breeders. They however, act as an effective brake on the fertility ratio of bloodstock……….. Sir Charles Leicester – Bloodstock Breeding,

Conservation – Save the best, for the best.

Viewing pedigree to esteeming conformation it often impressions how the phenotype ‘frame’ had an evolutionary classic hardened ‘type’ stock to today’s era, modest racing ‘stock’. i.e. The bench-mark shifted.

The powerful studs of yesteryear, the influential owner-breeders moved over n’ out to investment breeding operations – primary principle and product measured at auction and marketing data.

It establishes stallions, stud fees and standing arrangements as they beckon finest mares.

A Rule-of-Thumb applies: appraising with scrutiny to what strains secure sound breeding. From degrees commercially beneficial to that of a sound product towards what takes the feature of distinctive breeding.

This is where astute judgement is required to the future of bloodstock breeding.

Distinctive breeding – save the best, for the best…. is how ‘W’ brand breeding should be maintained. But if commercial or genetic ‘siring’ parallel has aim to re-generate the next Winx, this logic I think only serves a small vision.

Improvement is to sight a major forward breed-shaping vision where the ‘W’ bloodlines en-further the undying genetic expression: Australasian exceptional, dynastic blue-blood through mare may subsequently set new heights to the international breeding scene.

As time goes on, one looks for improvement, not stagnation or retrogression. Sir Charles Leicester

With thanks and credit to aficionado, Chad Mcnamara – Bloodlines in the Sport of Kings (FB group) to his siring assessment, the stallion So You Think (NZ) by High Chaparral from Triassic (NZ) ex Tights (USA). https://www.pedigreequery.com/so+you+think

Take consideration – it is very very clever and obscure deceptive, to how it subliminally draws to far-reaching depths of robustness, yet pins what the genus pedigree carries.

genotype: the fundamental hereditary constitution of an organism: the genetic formula of the organism – Ross du Bourg The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred

Its saying the ‘proven’ stamina sire for the speed mare.


Cheers for now, TBL

Angles of Pedigree


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IMO test… TBL evaluated genotype pedigrees of best 2 year old’s entered to Australia’s richest juvenile race: the 2019 Golden Slipper stakes. https://www.racenet.com.au/golden-slipper.

From the field of 16, TBL evaluated each pedigree ranging A++ to B.

Assigned to colt Yes Yes Yes A++, by Rubick (AUS) from Sin Sin Sin (AUS) ex- Fanstastic Light (USA)

A+++, to the filly Kiamichi (Sidestep (AUS) from Ouachita (AUS) by Canny Lad (AUS).

Kiamichi won with aplomb.  I can excuse Yes Yes Yes for the barrier draw!

In a nutshell, classic trait bearing individuals throw-back to the 1 specific individual: its distinctive to the maternal tap-roots, far-depths of pedigree.

Once again, the aha ‘Sundridge’ connection was enough tho’ I wonder at times could I provide more sci-data to doubting Joe. untitled

I can’t unless you come visiting…..but if Joe won’t comprehend how key strains equip the traits, pass on to the individuals then Joe you’re elsewhere, ’cause all quality is about those seeded principles.


Winx is TBL’s best visited blog subject. Winx – workin’ them genes  & True Colours &Winx’s phenomena

Let’s remember…..Winx the individual, has graced us mere mortals with much. Her genotype pedigree with soooooo much detail….


 The importance is @ genotype roads the phenotype structural.

Her classic thoroughbred air, balanced with the gait and action, rhythm, tempo which enables her supreme capabilities to win with ease.

And that is where supreme champions have edge and the key point of difference.

Why? Why? Why?

Circle back to the traits, (evolution of speed) the pedigree ‘connects’ matri-lineal descendants as genetic patterns.

View these photos TO the classic-frame thoroughbred, the muscle, the shoulders and the legs, particularly forearm.

“Sundridge proved to be one of the greatest bargains of all time” – Charles Morton

high-class sprinter-milers at Group 1 – Star Kingdom inbred to Sunstar, son of Sundridge. i.e. Kiamichi dam, (Ouachita) her sire Canny Lad →Biscay→→ Star Kingdom

And so it is folks, why Kiamichi had it won.


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he who shall reign: The Autumn Sun


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“he will have to be good to win from there….” – The Autumn Sun – racing commentary 

Australian bred, The Autumn Sun, a 3 year colt undoubtedly is awesome plus. His exceptional winning finish to the Group I, Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Pedigree devotees can recapture attributes of pedigree and breeding commentary (older post): genus reflects: The Autumn Sun. https://www.pedigreequery.com/the+autumn+sun

read on for more breeding thoughts…..

TBL explores how (as most of our pedigree and breeding analysis blog has to-date) to discover genus characteristics (foundational) – those deeper ‘formative’ lines.

The emphasis towards a wider context, genetic relations: a fundamental concept towards a homozygous individual.

Sires and their genetics, their female strains, their own foundational contributors i.e. Ribot/Sunstar comments below ) contributes the overall assessment: every individual pedigree is pivotal to depth & breeding ‘thrust’.

Skill and perception over algorithem quantity in/of dosages to few in-breds or of greater, line bred individuals.

…to make clear that by balanced breeding I do not mean a mere literal transcription of identical figures, but a broader concept of equilibrium of influences.

figures and numbers, however accurate, will never quite replace our own personal judgement and feeling, even when looking at a complete dosage diagram….

Franco Varola

Some pedigree fans might suggest a sire or dam further back 5th remove beyond….is lesser or insignficant: claiming it cannot have significant contribution to the overall pedigree.

We shall beg to differ in that a necessary rarer trait has indeed carried: has mitchondrial DNA which is genetic of infinite TB existence and viewing the original ‘sunray’ pedigree wheels hopefully may illuminate some appreciation over conventional arrangement.


This ‘holistic’ or ‘synergistic’ build-up is so intricate, complex and fine-textured that is is invisible to the human eye – Ross du Bourg

By reading past accounts “a magnificent looking, long-barrelled chestnut – best sprinter of his time in England – founded a line of smart, short running sprinters in Australia and New Zeland – preocious, fast-maturing animals” commentary credited to Gold Bridge (FR) sired by Golden Boss, (The Boss line)it indeed emphasises the Classic Thoroughbred , something else high-class which surely stages it ‘living-on’ influence. (Golden Boss per Autumn Sun’s dam: view 6th remove, sire of mare *Rough Shod and her grand-daughter SPECIAL (ff – 5h)!!! hence 2x. Plus Ribero (USA) maternal infusion of G.B

We stress to convey, breeding merits through high-class & almost obscure strains project an undefined breeding edge – they pop-up/’in’ to many a superior performer, as today’s bred, and that in itself is ‘wonder’ and proof-to-the-eye!

Thus, there is the manipulation to a new cross to yet again, another ‘level’.

A persistance of speed or stamina determinants alone without deeper, thoughtful consideration to ‘working’:  the perfecting of thoroughbred as ‘balanced’ sound speciman, its phenotype, to its adaptability, ability, capability, temperament, gait, tempo where there happens to be there…..of considerable breeding typology expanses – through to the eventual variances of ‘type’ produced.

The hereditary actors that determine physical, mental and nervous constitution are transmitted by means of microscopic chemical substances called genes, which are units of inheritance. Each gene is responsible for a seperate characteristic or ‘character’. The science of the inheritance of characters is called genetics, and the whole inherited make-up, or genetic constitution, of an individual is known as its genotype. A genotype consists of thousands of genes. Peter Willett – An Introduction to the Thoroughbred

Application towards ability, capability, gait, tempo, temperament, its ‘looks’, as breeding ‘traits’ require careful practice – these breeding aspects have strong impact.


The love of breeding – ‘ balanced correctness’ is a principle that demands consistent application through every generation, every cycle with ‘eye’ upon the individual’s conformation, natural constitution of strengths or its weaknesses.

With responsibility to crafting breeding…studying past heritage, ancestral bloodlines, nature of inheritances can aid decisions to ‘where’ the pedigree maintains, improves or even diffuses its quality.

The more pedigree analysis as information, the more ‘indicators’  KPI’s will come to light through major influential strains.

Evaluating strains…..an Aga Khan bred, The Autumn Sun dam Azmiyna (IRE) note the grand-dams sire Lear Fan (USA) a son of Roberto → Hail to Reason.  A siring line as strains to the best of the best.

– those strains we collate here –  The super-nova of fillies & mares.

What TBL failed to mention genus reflects: The Autumn Sun was Lear Fan (USA) female family through to the granddam, daughter of War Admiral, son of the greater-than-thou Man O’ War.  timeless…. Man O’ War.

Additionally note Nantallah (USA) son of Nasrullah, another KPI strain noteable, as noted to collective breeding re: The super-nova of fillies & mares

How ‘close’ to the pedigree Man O’ War sits…. and once again do not get confused with the identity but revel in strain/trait as carrier/genetic coding the Infusion to bloodlines.

 – to quote late Ross du Bourg, Australian bloodstock writer “human intelligence and intervention can introduce the high degree of superior homozygosity that is critical to the production of outstanding racehorses.”

All animal breeding is the mastering of traits.

Converge genetics upon the finest – nucleus bloodlines. Redoubtes Choice (AUS) to dam’s sire Canny Lad (AUS) →  Bletchingly →→→ War Relic (USA), son of Man O’War.

Maternal – 3rd dam sire, Darshaan (GB) maternal →→→War Relic

There are 9x’s of Man O’War.

(sidenote, please do not assign a meaning that MOW is sum-total to Autumn Sun pedigee as indeed other highly influential individuals are necessary. The important point: what sits behind breeding application is ‘how’ the sire (broodmare sire) across maternal of the broodmare sire(s) may invigorate or stimulate a reinforcement strain belonging to that individual.)

Remember it is not how many, but the superior dominant gene which takes the trophy.

Ross du Bourg writer of The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred  – “Influence was, I decided, the crucial ‘missing link’ in the whole body of writing on the theory of successful thoroughbred breeding. This was my reasoning: the quality (as opposed to the quantity) of the ancestor that is duplicated once or several times is an *important ‘invisible factor’ in the ultimate inherited racing potential of the foal.”

….allow the law of prepotency (influence) to overrule and marginally compensate the law of proportion (contribution)

Review also mare’s 4th dam sire Ribero (USA) the son of Ribot. Only 2X’s you may say ? What is the relevancy?

Two strains clearly ‘central’/ close/direct…..infusion. This STRAINto RIBOT, location IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE!

However, this is not what captures our interest!! No, no…..it is the fact…. the Tesio bred Ribot is in-bred to Sun Star (GB), the son of sire Sundridge.

Sundridge – the x-factoring KPI  speed ‘roots’ Castelvecchio – breeding beyond ordinary

Winx – True Colours and Winx – workin’ them genes

To the terribly, under-rated ‘scored’ pedigree – the australian gelding Terbium by Terango (AUS) ex-Serene Lass (AUS) from Not a Single Doubt (AUS) re-stimulates the same foundational traits. (n.b. Terbium pedigree is our next blog-subject, winner of Group 3 Zeditave Stakes, 4 starts, 4 wins)

I have long pondered why the Sundridge trait to superior genetic pedigrees is speed tour de force as it stands behind breeding.

It can be said the ‘invisible’ ecological conditions approach a gradual ‘enclosed’ standard: breeding as a matter-of- course, developes itself towards exclusive stakes-racing speed, the racing program or product function, as it stands today.

It emerges only the finest, the adaptable, the agility.  Balance: aero-dynamics/muscular-skeleton TB ‘correctness’ – its balance of motion n’ time. That it comes through to the resulting phenotype and that is where racing class is sancrosanct.

The horse who is so bred as to be able to use himself mechanically to the best advantage for galloping at speed has on an average during the long history of the Turf come out on top. The beautiful symmetry, balance and elegance of the high-class racehorse have come about as they afford the horse, this advantage. Sir Charles Leister – Bloodstock Breeding


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Castelvecchio – breeding beyond ordinary


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A name to watch ….a 2 classy year old colt Castelvecchio –  Dundeel (NZ) ex- St Therese from Dehere (USA) winning in breathtaking fashion the (Australia) 2019 Inglis Millennium 1200m sprint.

To the sire of Castelvecchio – there comes a ‘soft spot’ as known formerly ‘It’s a Dundeel’ to his New Zealand and Australia racing days.

It was then, a strong hunch for TBL, that he is a very smart stallion. From the Sadlers Wells/Zabeel cross (to be exact the female family link (f.f. 5-h) via Special (USA).

Yes, its those tremendous blood lines which add that ol’ tough honest quality via Dundeel’s dam Luskin Star (AUS)/Star Kingdom (IRE), Wilkes/Court Martial, Right Royal (FR), Honeyway (GB), Djebel/Tourbillon/Ksar.



Of…Castelvecchio’s dam, St Therese ( also dam of Maid of Heaven (Smart Missile (AUS), 2018 G.1 winner) herself, a modest stakes winning mare, holds the genetics goodies via 4th dam, Flash in the Pan (AUS) inbred to 2x Sunstar by Sundridge.


This is THE ‘where’…. superior champions arise, to evolve, as TBL explores a-definition-to-traits which transcend breeding beyond ordinary.

What sights Castelvecchio’s raw competitive dominance on track, one just kinda hunches that its The One. The one distinctive trait which sits atop of the speed-sprint genetic pyramid.

In much earlier years, TBL read all the old, great stuff and this one liner stuck – “all things return to purity, its origin”.

We can thank Winx for epitomizing so much more than what normally meets pedigree.

Our continual gaze at her: Michelangelo phenotype genetics; elements to tempo/gait, muscular skeleton frame, a capacity ‘perfection’ outer and inner, holds the thoroughbred wizardry that breeders should deeply and significantly grasp at – the Trait-to-Gait for energy and efficiency.

The ‘new’ bred and a perfect prototype thoroughbred absolute for its majestic purpose.

It is by understanding, identifiying and viewing various hot blood breeds and cold blood breeds to – what distinguished these where ‘gait’ & the ‘bred’ function of breed.

Enter the Thoroughbred: a hybrid pool, numerous breeds, unknown ‘formative’ strains, (though we forget otherwise) and find critical discernment to the musco-skeleton frame to ‘walk’ with fleet 4 hooves.

Keep with an on-going physical check to genotype pedigree analysis – champions come special,  ‘echoing’ one illuminating strain filtering through the generations of descendants.

>Sundridge – Lady Jospephine, Lady Juror, Mumtaz Mahal, Stardust (GB), Sunstar (GB), Solario (IRE), Sun Briar (FR) and Nasrullah.

Within genotype to the individual… there is only really the Performance. It is placed upon individuals phenotype to carry out ‘exact’ action with an unequalled balance and rhythm: an efficiency towards muscle energy which coils, recoils, has meta-mechanical precision beyond, to allow its winning advantage ease.

Symmetrical balance is the order – the desirable factor, the desirable goal.

Indeed it gets more obvious..and again how the horses legs work/move/strike/lift upon ground, is in the entire fluid action, muscular-skeleton structure: the physics perfectly balance a ‘time’ co-ordinated to its motion and energy.

Think very deeply what broodmare traits are representing, transpiring, emerging – this is the breeders MO.


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El Roca – A Rocket Man Stallion



Last season, NZ – Waikato Stallion parade … stallion El Roca (Fastnet Rock by Rubimill (AUS) ex-Rubiton) had TBL’s eye.

With presence & stature, an appeal where, TBL could not quite place the hunch exactly why?

don’t ya love ya instinct….

After writing the blog on a minute but fascinating  detail (should you share ideas, developing and breeding from NZ family lines), then Redzel knocks off Everest Redzel (Snitzel by Rubimill (AUS) ex-Rubiton it became apparent why El Roca could exert his influence to be New Zealand’s rocket-man stallion.

yep, Redzel’s dam Millrich and El Roca’s dam Rubimill are full sisters by Rubiton (AUS) – their dam Mill Rani (AUS). 

With El Roca impressions, it was at Sunday maiden meeting where new kids (2 year olds) were kicking off racing careers and yes, into the birdcage a El Roca filly – she I thought….a few cuts above the rest, wow…admiration of length, muscle, walk, presence, stature.

We placed the bet & TBL threw the fist to the air: nice oneBella Mente 2yr old ch. filly (El Roca (AUS) – Joiya (AUS) by Stravinsky.

Bella Mente – photos by TBL

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Ten thousand Diamonds: Mongolian Khan & his progeny



TBL takes deep insight to breeding aspects which are not ‘daily’ accounted for, but what ‘backgrounds’ many superior pedigrees. 

It’s where the more superior champions take the depth & power: defining ancestral strains, defining ‘traits’ which tower brilliance above the rest. 

That particular trait is the brilliance, the classic consistent Sundridge. Sire of Lady Josephine, her daughter Lady Juror to be dam of Nasrullah, Fair Trial. Look for Solario (IRE)/Sunstar (GB) SunBriar (FR) = SUNDRIDGE, how that trait keeps delivering generations on.

Screen his phenomenal ‘blood’ to 2015 New Zealand & Australian Derby winner & Caulfield cup winner re: pedigree Mongolian Khan, by Holy Roman Emperor from Centafit, ex-Centaine with specific to Sundridge. 


(side-note -the Mongolian Khan yearlings are impressive individuals, nice-types, clean & much to please one’s eye – definition of bone, the shoulder, length of leg, scope to the individual. Now we can figure why Mongolian Khan ‘is a man of good breeding!)

 Read on

** Tesio’s Nearco – the dynastic genetic bull universally changed the breed and Nearco was sire of all.

Tesio recognized Nearco was brilliant but thoughtfully suggested not a true stayer. Franco Varola came to advise where Nearco’s progeny though brilliant at 2, the 3 year olds at end of the racing season did not show much interest thereafter.

In general it can be said that many progeny today, containing within, high  dosage(s) of Nearco, don’t stick around for the long-term. Super-charged precocious athletic & at first brilliant….then, hmmmm somewhat fading.

Find the old-blood, (Teddy, Gainsborough, Chaucer, Blenheim, Bayardo, Swynford, Man O War, War Admiral, Tourbillon and more…) a greater concentration of genetic substance has these days un ‘worked’.  Nearco appears like a one-way alley, no-exit street upon our pedigree charts.

Mongolian Khan –  (Holy Roman Emperor from Centafit (ex- Centaine) bred by Grenville Stud in Tasmania provides a pedigree with spunk & attitude.

Old bloods namely, The Mighty Atom alias Hyperion from Gainsborough from Bayardo, throwing genetic charge, deeply complemented by the Lady Josephine/Juror families whom we recognize as Nasrullah, Mahmoud, Fair Trial and Badruddin.

the fine, restrained, underlying crescendos (through family strains) to ‘fire’ the nucleus of the thoroughbred. Like peaks and falls through the cycles of generations, the individual ‘highlights’ what has gone on beforehand.

Mongolian Khan was bred by McCulloch in partnership with Coolmore Stud but when the colt was put through the sale ring at a William Inglis weanling sale McCulloch bought it back for $9,000 to buy out Coolmore’s share. “I sent the colt to New Zealand and sold him at the yearling sale for $140,000, but he was resold at a ready to run sale for $220,000 and purchased by his present owners the Chinese syndicate the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Syndicate managed by Mr Lin Lang,”   http://grenville.com.au/

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Karaka 2019, bring it on….

Its my favourite time of year to go along to New Zealand Bloodstock sales at Karaka.

I mark out the few ‘hot’ pedigrees (by TBL modis operandi) not so much to see the price they fetch, but to view the individual’s phenotype.

On parade one might see nice-types with added appeal – which on one’s own terms irks something ‘I want to know.’

Come, back home, we’ll work the pedigree and find how I reflected this.

I am pleased to say & without any arrogance I follow my instincts and hunches well.

I have followed those horses through…it takes a few years, for hunches to come to fruition as the nature of a horse’s development through to its racing.

This also applies to the stallions ‘suitability’ to mares.

In earlier TBL years – it was New Zealand’s Horse of the Year 2005/06: Seachange (Cape Cross/Just Cruising) where I forecasted well ahead she would be the NZ champ she became. This by methodology re: female family tables. There is no in-breeding to the 5th generation and I thought the workability of the pedigree was clear as day.

It’s however, not always about picking champions, its the ‘judgement’ where horses cannot develop on, although they might pick up a few wins in their early racing career. Young ‘big’ horses precocious athletes (hate that term, actually) blow out, amongst many things of course, but I do feel the genealogy pedigree doesn’t help them.

Expectation & disappointment are hard learning curves, yet great ‘teachers’.

I realize its a hard game to win credibility – can only say, I cut teeth on elements which I had not envisaged.

Though TBL has few followers, but with sufficient ‘hits’ to suggest our advisory has merits. I have come to understand people rather not leave a ‘calling-card’.

I started on pedigrees about 2006 and amongst my formative questions…. as it made me wonder how breeding New Zealand’s wonder mare Sunline, came to prominence, other than be labelled the genetic-freak, which doesn’t sound too kind.




Anyway it is how ‘our’ pedigree analysis started and acquiring enough of a skill set to make at the very least, a fair judgment.

We have not adopted conventionality. Those same accounts have been here for eons and not much has changed other than smarter statistical reporting upon algorithms. i.e. everything has Nearco, Northern Dancer, Mr Prospector, Nasrullah. We just had to look what other possibilities there where to what was cutting the pedigree.

With simple complexity…. in-depth breeding principles do not & cannot change.

With other social media outlets… I have suggested each-to-their-own interpretation – bits of ‘info’ help others along every genetic jig-saw puzzle.

The TBL aim is to attempt to put different degrees or angles to the pedigree and in fact, it was Black Caviar’s pedigree Black Caviar: ‘diamonds’ within a pedigreewhich lead me to identify something better.  Yes in-breeding, line-breeding works but there is another ‘edge’ for which I have attempted to account for.

Its application is find the core, genus-type.

Genus breeding was well applied (meaningfully) by the earliest thoroughbred breeders in England because they where well acquainted with the history of the lines, the strains, which brought about the bloodlines. Namely, archetypal Eclipse whose many other strains within his pedigree where not accounted for and these are factors which I believe, have been brushed over by historians for convenience. Yes, I do have that antique literature from the horses mouth.

So elements, strains, traits, which I consider ‘lost’ over time, can allow or help us to help how pedigrees infuse, unfold and transpire.

Through this lens, the contemporary genus is emerging something extraordinary hence we blogged The super-nova of fillies & mares (It is an area where I will further explore down the track..)

I love the TBL blog, I love the research because I love to see horses succeed. I hate horses forced to race when no way in hell the pedigree will let them run.

2019 brings new opportunities, new horizons, new stallions, new horses, new challenges.

TBL believes it has helped many to find a confidence with their own breeding …..however the commercial sector have helped themselves for benefit.

Okay, I know its a cheapie website: public domain free-to-air, I find it perplexing one cannot at least offer a thumbs-up. Or, I agree to disagree and or other. Diktat

TBL has decided to step up and provide a new service which will be accessed by subscription with payment. More on this soon….

The ‘free’ blogs will be shorter content with less detail.

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The Pedigree Crunch

I think I can recall, or reading years ago – Sir Patrick Hogan (ex-Cambridge Stud, N.Z) commented, ‘racing’ is not ‘breeding’: breeding is not racing.

Instinctively I thought those given principles where correct: what he was suggesting right-on-point, a greater meaning to keep separate, the two.

The confusion is ‘how’.

Many might consider the theory surrounding our blogs, its pedigree analysis, as maybe ideology.

I suppose one maybe absorbed by better statistics, ‘sighting’ evidence, performance and stakes money, convention recorded, has its ‘proof’. Where pedigree analysis has the poorer relationship to those substantiated evidences. Our ‘theory’ by the way, is always ‘standing’ within the pedigree itself.

I assume some gaze on desk-top analysts & kinda assume we haven’t any meaningful purpose in life other than to gaze longingly at racing champions photos, study those pedigrees and say ‘hey, I’ve got it’…..


I’ve got it

Jokes aside: thankfully comes what is needed – clean up the desk, look through all those old notes of paper and revise. Think again….and the aha does drop from heaven.

Indeed, the scenario to study superior performers one after another: where one goes deep n’ far into the attributes of pedigree is that somewhere/somehow/sometimes you do miss the boat. And everybody is doing much same.

Before I attempt to explain some good ol’ plain non-fashioned breeding ‘ideas’ there are many and greater indeterminate multi-dynamic elements which forever take consideration.

Breeding intentions can be simplified. But that comes later…

If I asked what has your intention of breeding – many may reply to breed/own the racing champion. Or, reach the highest price because of that beautiful stallion, his breeding.

No, that is the dream….and speculation or unconscious expectation perhaps?

We desk-top analysts, have commented for some time the dying-off, of stamina & question, why this is really happening? The other long commentary relates to faulty-breeding i.e. horse-break downs.

There is also commentary to lack-of siring diversity, hence down the track a much lesser diversity with bloodlines. Now think of that on broodmares.  Can you see that future now? The bottle-neck narrows….

Yet, on another planet, the TAB just want numbers in a field, the gambling/entertainment industry does not want champions, it seeks greatest gains from a bet. The gamblers take ‘form’, times, data – the horse has 4 legs, why doesn’t it run…..breeding & ownership in an odd complex way, has its competition with the TAB.

Their economic existence is at odds – they should hook-up. wowyeah

Then there is our new planet Winx: – the game-changer, the truly special one, the dream is achievable, the culture is new, fresh, alive, people of all ages what to experience Winx.

Her seeds were in her dam and I doubt very much New Zealand interests would of sold if they knew what was in store?

Dam. Its happened before.

We all seek the gold: its properties, its powers and that is why in the blog The super-nova of fillies & mares those identified individuals ‘traits’ within individual performers are strongly evident where the superior genetic attraction thrives.

Don’t you think, Sir Patrick comprehended & analysed every individual within Sir T to carry more than enough genetic breeding merit.

Sir Tristram

immortalised – Sir Tristram at Cambridge Stud. Photo by TBL

Acknowledgement to that of the speed gene per the studies Dr Emmiline Hill:  DNA analysis to muscle development: a prediction to a horses optimum racing distance.

Much as one can take interest – is it & at the same time, the stallion is up on the mare, one purely says “wait a minute, we’ll order the classic winning speed-gene, thank you”.

I come back time and time on this factor ….where superior performers not only race better, they race different. That difference is time n’ motion, balance n’ gait effortless: bio-mechanical physical perfect.

Watch the video’s of Man O War, any great champion you like and you might get the picture.

From the desk clearing, dad’s old notes on farming & animal breeding popped-up. His guiding principles where not just one element. There where several.

Constitution – Capability – Conformation – Capacity – Temperament the core factors. From this ground, he calculated Racing and Breeding elements added towards sum-total.

That is the penny… speed is racing. The stamina is breeding. It helps when 4 legs are balanced & in more ways than one.

He persevered on capability and capacity. If the female is capable, (her records) via her breeding, then her capacity within the herd to improve, can sustain & give more.

Thus sustaining the genetic traits which worked well, seek to maintain but more so, minimize that which did not. i.e. iron them faults out.

In the art of breeding: he was thoughtfully working through the ideal animal which can take its ‘performance’, its phenotype should befittingly appear as of a natural result, closest as best, to ‘perfection’. Purer the better, was his expression.

Now agree or don’t agree… the thoroughbred phenotype over these last few decades has clearly changed.

‘Said’ breeding speed indeed has taken the stud master ‘command’ however its mighty evident the horses ain’t got the puff, the capacity, the capability and the necessary motion n’ limbs to do it. Rotary beaters, I think they’re called.

Its ugly for the horse and jockey where it don’t want to run because it simply can’t. I actually think its cruel but if you want it more descriptive, it ain’t fit for racing purpose.

If not right for racing, then we may say the breeding was not there but that is too easy an assumption.

It is becoming clearer to me (IMAO) the gait, its motion has/is gene responsible: this is what ability is and lays.

A good, clean balanced gait uses less energy.

Its a secretive thing that jocks, track-workers, breaking in horses etc have in ‘check’ how the horse feels, how the horse hits the turf, how the horse just feels underneath.

No words for it. See, that’s the divinity of Winx.

True Colours

It comes to the physical, the phenotype from the genotype, from the traits held within bloodlines.

In the old school called animal-husbandry – Calf-club days, stock-judging days to stock-judge (of cattle) you learn how an animal moves with its feet, you know if it has the bones to carry itself with its 4 feet, you know if it thinks itself a ‘cool’ animal (presence), you know if it wants to be around people (temperament), you know if it has attitude.

Many elements, many traits, pour through bloodlines such factors have to be weighed-up.


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The super-nova of fillies & mares


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A curiosity where/how/why superior genes appear? How they transmit etc…..

I thought we might take a quick view of our global racing stars and to find the common-ground.

Please remember, it is TBL practice to  refer by strains/trait & female family ancestral within the individuals pedigree. We practice like so because we believe this provides the clarity how pedigrees may be crafted.

Strains/traits,  KPI – ‘smart’, true transmitters (if you will). Strains/traits employ the female-family index, the carrier infusion through either parent, the indication of inheritances not by dosage alone, but by a better factoring towards a genus; the genotype as the net gateway to homozygous.

Some divas here, are prior blogged, however when TBL screened others we found a fresh ‘development ‘of a strain/trait identification which we had not noticed before. It’s the beauty of comparing a wide, superior group.

The value of recognizing these strains/traits through individuals, is so YOU can view your own pedigree – seeing what is ‘hot’, & what is genetically cookin’!!

Quality transmitters appear late and ripened. Please read diamond in the rough and what the bluebook won’t say & what genotype will say….

So…you shall need your pedigree software and we’ll take a look through…..

Superstar Fillies & Mares

Winx – Street Cry (GB) from Vegas Showgirl (NZ) by Al Akbar/Success Express/Hold Your Peace/ Prince John/Princequillo. Street Cry – Troy: Halo – Hail to Reason plus relevancy to – Hethersett (GB), the **ff-21a

Zenyetta – Street Cry (GB) i.e Troy, Halo- Hail to Reason from Vertigineux (USA)Roberto/Hail To Reason plus Princequillo line(s)

Oh Susanna – (South Africa 2017-18, 3 yr old champion filly) – Street Cry – Troy from Sharp Susan (USA) – Roberto/Hail To Reason + Princequillo plus relevancy to Count Fleet *ff-6a (infused to dam-line)

Newspaperofrecord (IRE) – Lope de Vega (IRE) from Sunday Times (GB) by  – note Troy (sire side), 2nd dams sire So Factual → In Reality (USA) **ff-21a , 2x Roberto/Hail to Reason

Sistercharlie (IRE) – Myboycharlie (IRE) Roberto/Hail To Reason from Starlets Sister (IRE) by Galileo/Sadlers Wells/Hail to Reason) plus relevancy – Nantallah (USA) *ff-6a

Jaywalk (USA) juvenile Breeders cup winner 5starts, 4 wins – Cross Traffic (USA) Unbridled/In Reality ff-21a, Cure the Blues/Hail To Reason. 3rd Dam sire Hold Your Peace 

Magical (IRE) – Galileo/Sadlers Wells/Hail to Reason plus relevancy – Nantallah (USA) *ff-6a , Prince Chevalier/Prince Rose from dam, Halfway to Heaven (IRE)numerous strains Prince Rose/Princequillo

Monomoy Girl (USA) – Tapizar (USA) his dam’s line In Reality **ff-21a by Drumette (USA) ff-21a, grand-dam sire Williamstown USA) ff-21a, 5th dam sire Nantallah (USA) *ff-6a,  + Bolero *ff-6a each tracing to ancestral dam Lottie Moon (USA)    ++ (Mr Prospector), the strain @ Count Fleet  *ff-6a tails same, ancestral Lottie Moon plus, Monomoy Girl her dam,  from Henny Hughes (USA) dams grandsire Hold Your Peace

Chasing Yesterday (USA) – Tapit (USA) – 3rd dam In Reality ** ff-21a + 2x Mr Prospector/Count Fleet *ff-6a; dam by Littleprincessemma as prior researched 3x Olympia/Miss Olympia whose great,grand-sire Plaudit, ancestral dam Manna, greater ancestral dam Wagtail (GB) (ff-21a)

Enable (GB) – Nathaniel, his dams grand sire Roberto, his son Silver Hawk (USA), the dam Gris Vitesse (USA), from French lines, to **ff-21a – greater ancestral dam Wagtail (GB):                                                                                                                               Enable dam, Concentric (GB) by Sadlers Wells. Inbred to Sadlers Wells hence, Hail to Reason & Nantallah *ff-6a.  2nd dam sire Shirley Heights/Mill Reef, Princequillo & Count Fleet *ff-6a. n.b. Sir Gaylord/Princequillo

Almond Eye (Japan) – Lord Kanaloa (JPN), sire King Kamehameha (JPN) Mr Prospector/Count Fleet *ff-6a,  Hethersett(GB) **ff-21-a, L.K – 2nd dam sire Cormarant (USA) Count Fleet *ff-6a; 3rd dam sire In Reality **ff-21-a. Storm Cat 4th dam sire Bolero (USA) *ff-6a. Storm Cat/Terlingua →Princequillo. The dam Fusaichi Pandora (JPN) – 3rd grand sire Hail To Reason. 2x (paternal & dam) Nureyev (USA), 2nd dam sire Nantallah (USA) *ff-6a

Now for the Connection!

….if you shall guide yourself through many of these pedigrees you may notice significance at deeper removes to Man O’War.                                                                        Man O’War/Fair Play/Hastings (USA), his dam line **ff-21a , ancestral dam yep, Manna.             The  ‘Y’ ManO’War Fair Play/Hastings/Spendthrift/West Australian ***FF-7a

Next point, follow through the Count Fleet/Nantallah ff-6a ancestral to Lottie Moon & note her sire Australian/West Australian ***ff-7-a. Note Lottie Moon grand-daughter, the in-breeding to West Australian

Hail To Reason – 4th dam sire Man O’ War/Fair Play ⇒West Australian

Princequillo – tail female through to ancestress, Morel, 4x inbred to Matchem.

Man O War – tail male descendent to Matchem


Matchem – Cade – Cream Cheeks from Sister to Miss Partner

West Australian – the first English Triple Crown Winner. He, the ff-7-a , ancestress Mowerina. Contemporary thoroughbred from the family are Danzig, Bletchingly (AUS) Invincible Spirit (IRE)&  its why they co-affiliate in the pedigree!!!

In a nutshell the superstar filly & mare ‘strain’ dynamics help to configure into place the superior bred.

Hopefully, we’re all aiming right!

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