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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.

Sepoy Proving Popular, Successful in Europe

A fascinating aspect of the shuttle stallion concept is that horses are often perceived quite differently in the two hemispheres. For example, this year’s Coolmore reverse shuttlers include Pride of Dubai (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), who is priced at €15,000 in Ireland and A$44,000 in Australia; and Vancouver (Aus) (Medaglia d’Oro), who is available at [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Rajsaman & Brametot

What a difference a few years can make. In an article for the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder in July 2013, I mentioned the imbalance between the breeding industry in France and its counterparts in Britain and Ireland. I pointed out that the French cupboard had been left comparatively bare when American studs regularly plundered France’s [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Paradise Woods
Pedigree Insights: Paradise Woods

One of the many ‘isms frowned upon in these politically correct times is ageism–discrimination on the grounds of age. Well, no one could accuse the writer of a well-known American folk song of being politically correct, as he insisted that the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be. This sentiment is widely [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Always Dreaming

A couple of weeks ago, I had my fingers firmly crossed that American Anthem would win the GII Rebel S. No, it wasn’t my money which had helped this promising colt start a warm favorite. I simply wanted an opportunity to report that his sire, Bodemeister, was on the verge of justifying some of the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Thunder Snow

With the Kentucky Derby’s history dating all the way back to 1875, it has featured just about every conceivable twist and turn in its storylines. For example, the 1971 contest produced a shock when the Santa Anita Derby winner Jim French was totally outpointed by Canonero II, a raider from Venezuela. The Canonero story could [...]

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Darby Dan Stallions on Derby Trail

I can’t claim that it seems like only yesterday, but I remember very well making a visit to the famous Darby Dan Farm one very hot day in July nearly 30 years ago. This was long after the farm had been home to two of the world’s all-time-great racehorses, Ribot and Sea-Bird II, but there [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Tapwrit

Bearing in mind that sons of Tapit landed the 2014 and 2016 editions of the GI Belmont S., with others finishing second in 2015 and third in 2016, it would seem fair to conclude that the three-time champion sire is a reliable source of stamina. It must therefore sound very contradictory to harbor a few [...]

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Pedigree Insights: J Boys Echo

If anyone needed a reminder of the scale of A.P. Indy’s legacy, it was vividly provided by last weekend’s graded stakes action for 3-year-olds, with this male line providing five of the six winners. This charge by the A.P. Indy clan was spearheaded by Tapit, a grandson of 1992’s Horse of the Year. Of course, [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Girvin

After the success of tale of Ekati’s son Girvin in the GII Risen Star S., I found myself wondering whether this is going to be another example of like father, like son. When I covered Tale of Ekati’s pedigree (click here) following his victory in the 2008 GI Wood Memorial S., I pointed out that his [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Epicharis

It is hard to imagine that it is now nearly 28 years since Sunday Silence provided Halo with his second victory in the GI Kentucky Derby, with his defeat of Easy Goer. Since then, of course, 1989’s Horse of the Year has earned recognition as one of the great sires, so it is highly appropriate [...]

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