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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘X’ Marks the Spot – the Large Heart Gene Theory

There are probably as many factors in the making of a good horse as there are ways a horse can find to lose a race. Whether picking a horse in the sale ring or the form guide, the task is formidable. Old-timers will quote breeding, conformation and temperament as the keys to selecting a yearling. […]


Written 2011 LADY SUSAN family (branch of Gibside Fairy) Kingston Town was an early product of a Bletchingly – Rockefella cross, while more recent products include Telesto, Bonanova, Fraternity, Macedon Lady and Czar Hero. Danzig – Rockefella crosses have produced Sunline, Danehill Dancer, Dylan Thomas, Johan Cruyff, Erhaab, Sierra Dane, Tiger Hill, Hut, Monet’s Cove […]


Written 2003 Thoroughbred breeders are a diverse lot. They range from the stud group which employs more administrative and hands-on staff than it has brood mares, through to the racehorse owner using the mare he has retired from the track (not necessarily covered in glory) to produce his next runner. Whereas the owner-breeder may be […]


Written 2001 It seems to be that every season, the Denise’s Joy family throws up another good horse.  That this alone is worth remarking upon is true, but there are inner workings that make the family worth further scrutiny. A grand daughter of the taproot mare Holiday Scene (family 16C), Denise’s Joy was by the […]


Written 2004 From (this) pedigree analyst’s point of view, there are two major reasons for the same sire and dam combination coming up with radically different racing talent in their offspring; parent compatibility and parent prepotency.  Other reasons why repeat matings may fail are: advancing age of one or both parents, affecting sperm quality or […]


Written 2008 It is generally accepted that the Thoroughbred inherits its racing ability, among other traits (physical features, temperament etc) via the sire and dam. Obviously, this is the reason we send our mares to well performed or well bred sires in preference to any old Tom, Dick or Neddy. To “breed the best to […]