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 […]

FEEDING A RACEHORSE

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 […]

GLOSSARY OF BREEDING TERMINOLOGY

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 […]

CHAMPAGNE & BLACK CAVIAR

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 […]

FINDING YEARLINGS TO GO THE DISTANCE

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 […]

TO GELD OR NOT TO GELD?

Written 2012 Gelding has always been a touchy subject in racing. “To geld or not to geld?” has often been a topic of debate between owners and trainers of colts since racing began. Part of the attraction of the racing industry is its uncertainty, and the purchase of every new racing proposition brings with it […]

EFFECTIVELY ADVERTISING YOUR HORSE

Written 2011 (Tongue Tie Firmly On) PHOTOGRAPHS Every effective advertisement should be accompanied by a photograph. Location If possible, take a photo of your horse while out in a paddock. Being dirty and unbrushed demonstrates that you feel you have nothing to hide and that your horse is hardened to the elements. Similarly, showing that […]

STAKES WINNERS OUT OF OLD MARES

Written 2012 I am puzzled by the negative attitude Australian yearling buyers take towards buying yearlings out of “older mares”. Yes there are significantly more stakeswinners produced out of young mares, however this is simply because old mares that have been unsuccessful get culled, die or are bred to failed/ineffective stallions (in effect the same […]