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: Group Success for Galileo’s Sire Sons

In Europe everyone has become used to seeing Galileo dominate affairs, but last week was a bit of an exception. Even though he notched up first and second in the G2 Debutante S., thanks to Magical and Happily, and saw his son Order of St George win the G3 Irish St Leger Trial, Galileo was [...]

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Pedigree Insights: American Gal

Three-time champion sire Tapit has never been slow to reach important landmarks. In an unbeaten juvenile career, he followed up a wide-margin debut victory at Delaware with an eye-catching display in gaining his first stakes success in the GIII Laurel Futurity. These efforts earned him 114 on the Experimental Free Handicap, and there was every [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Enable

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? When the good thing is chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream, the answer is a definite yes. But when the good thing is brilliant stallion Sadler’s Wells, the answer appears to be a resounding no, at least where the extraordinary Enable is concerned. A winner [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Unfortunately

There’s still a very long way to go in the race for first-crop sire honours on both sides of the Atlantic, but several of the stallions which covered their first mares in 2014 already have their first group/graded winner to their credit. With last week’s start of the Saratoga meeting, we saw the year’s first [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Harry Angel

Long ago, I used to have the dubious pleasure of spending my wintery Saturday mornings watching my young son playing soccer. If ever the team fell behind in the score, an extremely enthusiastic mother of another player used to harangue the boys with the repeated question of “How much do you want it?” This is [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Ulysses

Take a look at Galileo (Ire)’s extensive list of 2017 black-type winners and you could be forgiven for thinking that there is virtually only one way of bringing out the best in this astonishing stallion. Only three of the 23–the listed winners Order of St George (Ire), Galipad (GB) and Key To My Heart (Ire)–have [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Zarak

One of the bitterest lessons a racehorse owner must learn is that a brilliant racemare isn’t necessarily destined to become a brilliant broodmare. Fortunately some do. Personal Ensign, a Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner who was undefeated in 13 starts, produced three GI winners headed by My Flag (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies) and one of Personal [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Galileo & Scat Daddy

The magnificent four-timer by the much-lamented Scat Daddy ensured that the Royal Ascot meeting wasn’t all about Galileo, but the eight-time champion sire still enjoyed a terrific time–in more ways than one. Galileo was directly responsible for a one-two-three in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S., with the teak-tough Highland Reel once again displaying his [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Senga

So far in 2017, Europe’s Group 1 Classics have shown that there is more than one path to Classic glory. The G1 Investec Derby winner Wings of Eagles was a €220,000 yearling purchase at Arqana, while the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix du Jockey-Club hero Brametot was picked up for only €26,000 [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Abel Tasman

To say that making a stallion is very much a numbers game is too simplistic, as the quality of the mares covered can be far more relevant than their quantity. That said, it can be very hard to compete against the most in-demand stallions who enjoy the benefit of both quantity and quality. For example, [...]

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