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: Iridessa

Every year the freshman stallions face a desperate battle against time in their bid to make an impact before the yearling sales circuit gets fully under way in October. There are rich rewards for any which achieve that target, as was amply demonstrated last week. The quick-maturing No Nay Never, who was represented by his [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Pivotal’s Big Weekend

Pivotal, the grand old man of British breeding at the age of 25, has been surprising me–and many others–virtually from the moment this top-class five-furlong performer began his stallion career at Cheveley Park Stud back in 1997. Although Pivotal spent his third, fourth and fifth seasons at a fee of only £5,000, we have since [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Uncle Mo Not to Be Overshadowed

The story goes that when the great Frankel arrived at Banstead Manor Stud towards the end of 2012, one of the stud’s other top stallions, the champion 2-year-old and sprinter Oasis Dream, was so affronted by the media attention lavished on the newcomer that he sulked for a couple of days. So how must Uncle [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Recoletos

Bearing in mind that the roll of honour for the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp features that great mare Miesque in 1987 and her first foal Kingmambo in 1993, we shouldn’t be too surprised that the 2018 edition fell to Recoletos, a grandson of Kingmambo’s brother Miesque’s Son. There are aspects of the family [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Too Darn Hot and Ten Sovereigns

As a lover of quality two-year-old racing, the action at around 3:30 last Saturday was something of a treat for me, with two wide-margin maiden race winners and ‘TDN Rising Stars’ proving similarly impressive when they stepped up to Group 3 company. Firstly, the Round Tower S. at The Curragh was taken in very dominant [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Lope De Vega’s 2-Year-Olds

Although Storm Cat’s superstar son Giant’s Causeway spent only one season in Ireland, when he launched his stallion career at Coolmore at a fee of IR100,000gns, his efforts that year have left a substantial and hopefully long-lasting legacy in Europe. His impact was seen in three of last week’s 2-year-old group winners. The link to [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Nonza

I’m not sure exactly what a stallion needs to achieve to merit the title “sire of sires,” but surely the two-time champion sire Smart Strike already qualifies. We’ve seen his son Curlin do so well that his fee has risen to $150,000, with the escalation being fuelled by the Grade I successes of Exaggerator, Palace [...]

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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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