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Record breaking First Crop
[Published Bluebloods Jan/Feb 2021]   One of the undoubted highlights of last season in Europe was the performance of first-crop sire Mehmas, who ended the year with no fewer than a record-smashing 56 winning two-year-olds.  TO put that achievement into perspective, the previous record holder, Darley’s Iffraaj, amassed 38 in his first season over ten years ago.…
Border Bounty Family
[Published Bluebloods Nov/Dec 2020]  As one might expect there are relative few examples of horses bred in Denmark exerting an influence on international racing. There are, however, some notable exceptions. One from the latter part of the last century, the mare Rossard, was not only bred in Denmark, but was by a Danish stallion (Glacial, a son…
Battle of the Sexes
[Published Bluebloods Sept/Oct 2020] GENETIC COMPATIBILITY BREEDING the thoroughbred racehorse remains an inexact science, despite interesting genetic research by professional companies. Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud since 1992 for Lord and Lady Webber, stated in an interview: “If you have the greatest stallion in the world and the best mare in the world, there’s…
Wenona Girl
The champion mare who put Wilkes (FR) on the map Wenona Girl   NEWHAVEN Park stud master John Kelly certainly hit the jackpot when his first crop sire Wilkes (FR) had a winner with his first runner in the spring of 1959. The juvenile in question was Wenona Girl and she opened her account with a 2.5…
Distance Ranges For Top Australian Sires: A Perceptible Shift?
[su_button url="http://shop.bluebloods.com.au" style="flat" background="#e7f4fc" color="#2c1f60" center="yes" radius="5" icon="icon: exclamation-circle" icon_color="#2c1f60" download="http://www.stallions.com.au/pdfs/2021-booking%20form.pdf"][first published in BLUEBLOODS Issue 6 - 2020. To get this article and more subscribe][/su_button]     Written Tycoon In March and April, 2018, my colleague Dr. Emily Plant and myself spent five weeks in New South Wales (with a 10-day side trip to New Zealand, where I first…
Fusaichi’s Daughters find a nick with Fastnet Rock
CHAMPION sire Fastnet Rock’s nick with Zabeel daughters and with mares carrying strains of the three-quarter brothers Nureyev (dam sire of Zabeel) and Sadler’s Wells (particularly his son Galileo) is well known, but there’s another cross that has produced two Gr.1 winners. This is with daughters of Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 hero Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) who shuttled…

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