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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.

Pedigree Insights: Dual Hemisphere Shuttling Success

There was a certain symmetry to the weekend’s top events, with Group 1 victories in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres going to the progeny of stallions shuttled from the opposite hemisphere. Firstly, the G1 Cox Plate fell to Winx, who was conceived after her sire Street Cry flew in from his Darley base in Kentucky [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Journey

I’m sure you’re familiar with what they call the commentator’s curse. For example, when some innocent declares that “I’ve rarely seen him hit his backhand better,” you can be sure that the player will mistime his next shot so badly that the ball ricochets off the racquet into the rafters. I perpetrated such an error [...]

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CHURCHILL with R Moore wins Dewhurst stakes at Newmarket 8-10-16.
Galileo Continues to Eclipse Rivals

Galileo (Ire), like just about every Thoroughbred, has a male line tracing to Eclipse, the legendary horse whose name lives on in the phrase “Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.” I have recounted before how this phrase came about, on the day that Eclipse made his debut in May 1769. Contesting a race scheduled to be [...]

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Pedigree Insights: National Defense

As the unexpected is part of the appeal of racing and breeding, it is always fascinating when a comparatively inexpensive stallion manages to bridge the considerable gap which separates them from the elite sires. Danzig’s tough son Green Desert was responsible for two such stallions. First to make the leap was the miler Cape Cross, [...]

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Brave Anna and Seamie Heffernan (light blue cap) winning The Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes from Roly Poly (orange) and Lady Aurelia (left)
Newmarket 24.9.16
Pic Dan

Pedigree Insights: Brave Anna

As Brave Anna and Roly Poly strolled around the pre-parade ring together, it was impossible not to notice the physical similarities between the two, which extend to their facial markings. Perhaps this is hardly surprising because they are bred along similar lines. Whereas the victorious Brave Anna is out of a daughter of Sadler’s Wells, [...]

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Cavorting Part of a Trend

In a bid to put what follows into perspective, the world-famous Galileo–Danehill nick is currently credited with an impressive 17% black-type winners, with 76% starters and 56% winners. And Galileo’s flourishing partnership with Danehill Dancer mares is challenging the status quo, with 16% black-type winners. But even these celebrated nicks are currently being overshadowed by [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Arrogate

Resumes don’t come much more impressive than the one compiled by Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms since Known Fact gave the Prince his first Classic success, in the 1980 G1 2000 Guineas. There have been three more wins of the 2000 Guineas, thanks to Dancing Brave, Zafonic and the mighty Frankel, and the famous green, pink [...]

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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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