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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.

Lady Aurelia  after winning the Queen Mary by 7 lengths
Royal Ascot 15.6.16 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Pedigree Insights: Weekend of Validation

If nothing else, last week’s action-packed program of Group and Graded races provided ample validation for the fees charged for some of America and Europe’s high-priced stallions. In Europe, England’s highest-priced stallions in 2016 were Dubawi at £225,000 and Frankel at £125,000. Dubawi’s chances of winning the Arc were strengthened by two of his most [...]

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Dimanche 07 Août 2016;Deauville;LARC PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST - G1 - QUINTE +;Stéphane PASQUIER;Isabelle CORBANI;François ROHAUT;SCOOPDYGA - DYGA Laurent
Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Signs of Blessing

Wonderful though it is to have a stallion of Galileo’s extraordinary achievements, his near-total dominance has prevented several other worthy stallions from adding those magic words “champion sire” to their CVs. Galileo currently seems assured of recording his eighth Anglo-Irish championship in the last nine years, the only blip coming in 2009, when Danehill Dancer [...]

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Exaggerator, with Kent Desormeaux up, wins the Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ. 7.31.2016
Curlin Investment Paying Dividends

Six million, two hundred and eighteen thousand and a hundred and sixty dollars sounds like an awful lot of money to pay for a 20% share in an 11-year-old horse. However, Hill ‘n’ Dale did exactly that in May last year and the North Yarnalton Pike farm surely can’t have had a single regret in [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Frankel & Fair Eva

Prince Khalid Abdullah has achieved a huge amount as a breeder, including an unusual double which would probably have escaped the attention of anyone who doesn’t work for Juddmonte. Having become the first person to breed a stakes winner by Galileo, when Innocent Air won the 2005 Washington Singer S., the Prince has now become [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Mont Ormel

No owner-breeder can be totally happy when a mare or filly culled from their broodmare band goes on to shine for her new owner. The practicalities, though, are that quite a few fillies and mares have to be sold simply to keep an operation’s numbers manageable–especially so if the breeder is keen to keep adding [...]

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Galileo Enjoys Stellar Weekend

At the risk of being accused of an acute lack of imagination, I’m afraid the topic once again has to be the extraordinary Galileo. How could it be anything else, when the Coolmore champion was responsible for four group/graded winners in the space of three days last week, including top-level winners on both sides of [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Hawkbill

Tapit’s legions of fans in the U.S. may be surprised that this remarkable stallion, who appears to be well on his way towards a third consecutive sires’ championship, is still awaiting his first black-type winner in Europe. This omission, I should add, owes quite a lot to the fact that Tapit hasn’t had a lot [...]

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Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson and jockey Rafael Bejarano, outside, outgame Subtle Indian and Mike Smith, inside, to win the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
©Benoit Photo
Pedigree Insights: Lord Nelson

Bearing in mind that Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lost the sight in his right eye in 1794, his right arm in 1797 and was finally mortally wounded as a 47-year-old at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, he couldn’t be considered the luckiest of individuals. Still, his exploits were so glorious that his name [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: La Cressonniere

When a truly great stallion becomes so dominant that stud farms clamour to stand his sons, you would think that his broodmare daughters would find it that little bit harder to make a similar impact. Think again! Despite having endless successful stallion sons, the two-time champion sire Mr. Prospector notched up a lengthy sequence of [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Frosted and the Grays

One of Europe’s largest telecom companies used to declare that “the future is Orange.” Well, judging by events at Belmont Park three days ago, the future of the Thoroughbred could well be gray (or grey if–like me, you are in Europe). As many as five of the 13 runners for the GI Belmont S. were [...]

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