Small Breeders with a History of Quiet Achievement

Perth-based Pedigree Dynamics clients Michael and Jill MacDermott experienced the thrill of a home town victory in the Group 2 Perth Cup on New Year’s Day 2018.  With Material Man (Vital Equine – Del Lirio) running in their distinctive black and yellow shamrock colours, the MacDermotts capped off a great 2017 with their bloodstock. Pedigree […]

Breeding Theories – What’s In and What’s Out

Since man and horse became a team, we have attempted to influence nature in a multitude of ways under the guise of ‘breeding methods’.  Whether it be to facilitate conception, breed a particular gender, or come up with a ‘best of breed’, man has been relentless in his attempts to hit upon the magic formula. […]

COOL PASSION Narrowly Misses in Gr 2 Tristarc Stakes

A Group 3 winner only a week prior, Cool Passion proved that she can match it on the big days when lining up in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day. With Group 1 winners in the field such as FOXPLAY, GLOBAL GLAMOUR, SILENT SEDITION and multiple Group 1 placegetter, ZANBAGH, Cool Passion […]

Group 3 Win for COOL PASSION

The product of 11 years of client service came on 14th October with the win of COOL PASSION in the Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (Northwood Plume Stakes) at Caulfield. Pedigree Dynamics purchased her dam Hiavanna (in foal to Fastnet Rock) at auction for long term clients Michael and Jill MacDermott in 2006. An […]

Goody Two Shoes – Her Presence Downunder

Goody Two Shoes may not be an unfamiliar name to some, but her many descendants are present in some of the world’s most successful modern day Thoroughbreds. Her name is often back in the 8th, 9th and 10th generations these days, but her taproot female and sire male descendants are commonplace in a six generation […]

Marriages Made In Heaven

During the course of analysing stallions’ pedigrees for studs and broodmares for breeders, there has occasionally be one sire / broodmare sire cross which jumps out as potentially being turbo charged. Here are a few examples I have come across this season to-date (in no particular order). Obviously these stallions also work well with many […]

Foal Colour – Does it Reflect Bias in the Stallion?

Sometimes assumptions are made about a foal’s potential ability based on the colour of its coat.  We have all heard comments over the years such as, “I would only buy a bay Snitzel,” or, before US Grade 1 winner Outstrip raced, “There hasn’t been a top notch grey by Exceed And Excel”! The perception that […]

Horse Racing Myths Busted By PhD Student

In a key presentation at the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) conference in Melbourne yesterday, Melbourne PhD student Meredith Flash revealed findings from her 2005 Victorian Thoroughbred foal crop epidemiology study. The findings debunked myths touted by animal welfare groups on important topics surrounding 2YO racing and horse welfare, together with inaccurate numbers on unraced and […]

Broodmare Sire Lookout 2017

The Broodmare Sire Table by Earnings for 2016/17 holds no great surprises at this point. We have the stalwarts such as Encosta De Lago, Danehill and Zabeel at the top of the tree and Danehill’s sons Flying Spur, Redoute’s Choice, Danehill Dancer, Commands and Danzero making the Top 20. Even Danehill’s son Tiger Hill comes […]


A young stallion by one of the world’s most successful current sires War Front, Sweet Orange was a juvenile stakes winner and went on to take out the HK1 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile as a four year old. Like many of War Front’s best runners, Sweet Orange is bred on reinforcement of Mr. Prospector. […]