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: U S Navy Flag

With his lead now extending to nearly £8 million on the general sires’ table, Galileo has long had his ninth sires’ championship safely in the bag. However, the race for the broodmare sires’ title is proving much more competitive, with little more than £800,000 separating the top-ranked Sadler’s Wells from fourth-placed Danehill. With the QIPCO [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Heavenly Love

At a recent Juddmonte function, a fellow guest asked me whether there were any stallions whose sons and daughters enjoyed a markedly different level of success. The answer, of course, is that there are some notable examples and the one I cited was Spendthrift’s veteran Malibu Moon, whose daughters outnumber the sons by almost two [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Bolt d’Oro

In an action-packed week on both sides of the Atlantic, there were notable performances from quite a few stallions. For example, War Front had Grade I/Group 1 winners at Santa Anita and Newmarket, where his sons provided the exacta in the historic Middle Park S. Then there was the ever-reliable Dubawi, with his Grade I/Group [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Verbal Dexterity

Back in April 2009, I began a TDN article on the G3 Greenham S. winner Vocalised by saying that: “Jim Bolger isn’t a trainer hidebound by convention. For a start, he subscribes to the rather old-fashioned theory that racehorses are meant to race frequently if they are fit and well. What’s more, he’s prepared to [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Masar

About 100 years ago the American journalist Lincoln Jeffens visited the fledgling Soviet Union and declared “I have seen the future; and it works.” Well, he got that one very wrong, so I am hesitant to say that I too have seen the future; and it works. My moment of epiphany came when the ‘TDN [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Practical Joke

To the question, “Which stallion is going to be the next big thing in American breeding?” I guess quite a few people would nominate Into Mischief. One fully paid-up member of the Into Mischief fan club is Garrett O’Rourke, judging by the fact that nine of Juddmonte’s 2017 American foals are by the up-and-coming Spendthrift [...]

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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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