Andrew Caulfield Andrew Caulfield

Andrew Caulfield writes a weekly column for the Thoroughbred Daily News on pedigree analysis, a fascination which crystallised during the 12 years he spent as one of the principal writers at Timeform, where he was responsible for researching the pedigrees of all the two-year-olds. A former editor of The Thoroughbred Breeder, Pacemaker and The European Racehorse, he was also The Sporting Life's bloodstock correspondent for 12 years, He also wrote a weekly racing column for Japan's Gallop magazine for 20 years. More recently his principal role has been as a bloodstock consultant, primarily for Juddmonte Farms. During his 20-year association with Juddmonte, the farm’s star performers have included Frankel and Kingman, winners between them of three Cartier Horse of the Year awards. There have also been two winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, three of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as well as winners of the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Derby, St Leger, Belmont Stakes and several French and Irish classics.

Pedigree Insights: Best Solution & Worth Waiting

For any owner of a middle-distance mare, there is considerable temptation–especially in today’s speed-obsessed industry–to try to inject some pace by sending her to a sprinter. The widespread hope is that this type of mating will produce a happy blend of the sire’s speed and the mare’s stamina, with the resultant foal shining at around [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Polydream

How many times after a big race have we been reminded by a disappointed trainer that “horses are not machines”? The same applies to stallions. No matter how successful a stallion has been, we must accept that there is no guarantee that each of his crops will produce a similar quota of top performers. Even [...]

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Pedigree Insights: With You

All good things must come to an end, it’s said, and there can be no question that Dansili’s stallion career, which ended earlier this year, was good. In fact it was very, very good, as can be seen from his current total of 130 black-type winners, which represents 9% of his output of 1,460 foals [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Sea Of Class

As the Oaks winner Forever Together led the seven runners into the final furlong at the Curragh three days ago, it looked as though Galileo was about to land his third Irish Oaks victory in the space of seven years. Although the filly kept on most gamely, she couldn’t resist the late thrust by Sea [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Crown Walk

At last week’s unmissable stallion parade at Dalham Hall Stud, mention was made of the comparative youth of the Darley stallion team, with the stallions on show featuring such as Brazen Beau, Buratino, Charming Thought, Golden Horn, Night of Thunder, Postponed, Profitable, Ribchester, Slade Power, Territories and The Last Lion. However, youth was not integral [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Intellogent

Precedent counts for an awful lot in the world of horse racing and breeding: if something has happened once, people are generally prepared to bet that it can happen again, and again. So, when Teofilo became Europe’s champion 2-year-old of 2006, thanks to Group 1 victories in the National S. and Dewhurst S., everyone took [...]

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Scat Daddy Still Building on Expansive Legacy

Having jumped the gun by discussing Camelot’s promise in these pages back on May 1, I can hardly write about him again now that his son Latrobe has emulated Camelot’s victory in the G1 Irish Derby. I will add, though, that Camelot followed Hurricane Run, Frozen Fire and Fame And Glory as the fourth winner [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Sea The Stars & Crystal Ocean

There was something of a family affair about the most successful stallions at Royal Ascot last week, with the six stallions responsible for two or more winners featuring Galileo, Galileo’s son Frankel and Galileo’s half-brother Sea The Stars. Of course this trio features two of the most extraordinary racehorses ever to have graced the turf, [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Laurens

If I heard correctly–and I think I did–brash presenter Matt Chapman of At The Races described Sunday’s G1 Prix de Diane heroine Laurens as “big, buxom and butch.” In this quest for alliteration, Chapman could justifiably have added bold, brave and brilliantly bought to his rather non-p.c. accolade. “Bold” because the strapping daughter of Siyouni [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Monomoy Girl

When a stallion proves his dominance by becoming champion sire on more than one occasion, is it safe to assume that he will develop into a noted sire of sires? The evidence over the last 60 years suggests it is, though have inevitably been a few exceptions. During those 60 years we have seen Nasrullah [...]

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