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 […]

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 […]


Horses have evolved to eat poor quality roughage, such as grass, shrubs and herbs.  However, for most of the time, wild horses move at a slow pace with only occasional short bursts of speed when danger is suspected.  Energy requirements are therefore low. Racehorses, however, exercise daily and are expected to travel at top speeds […]


AUSTRALIAN STUD BOOK The Australian Stud Book is the authority to which breeders must register all their bloodstock in order for the progeny to be eligible to race. BROODMARE SIRE Also known as the damsire – the sire of the dam of a horse, or maternal grandsire. BY  A horse is ‘by’ a certain sire […]


Written 2012 A day at the races has taken a back seat over the past few years.  Think the Equine Influenza- enforced halt to racing, followed by the GFC.  Competition for sporting crowds and the convenience of four racing channels in your lounge room – has prompted the industry to have a long hard look […]


Written 2012 for Breeding & Racing Magazine Having recently experienced the 2012 Melbourne Spring Carnival, culminating in the 3200 metre Emirates Melbourne Cup, it’s natural that the thoughts of owners and trainers are turning to breeding or buying staying bred horses. While the tactic du jour is to import readymade stayers, the international market has […]