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: McKinzie

Memories being as short as they are, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the youngsters who were first past the post in Los Alamitos’s Saturday features were equine bluebloods. After all, the GI CashCall Futurity was “won” by Solomini, whose sire Curlin currently commands a fee of $150,000. Then the Starlet S. was taken [...]

[ Read More ]
A ‘Sharp’ Edge for Freud

The majority of breeders prefer not to put all their mares’ eggs in one basket, choosing instead to send them to a variety of stallions. The Coolmore partners, on the other hand, often take the attitude that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and are happy to send a mare to the same stallion [...]

[ Read More ]
Pedigree Insights: Mo Town Demonstrates Uncle Mo’s Turf Potential

The Coolmore partners, together with other owners of Galileo (Ire) broodmares, are on a worldwide quest to find stallions capable of bringing out the best in these highly valuable daughters of the world’s most successful sire. The collaboration with Japan’s Deep Impact (Jpn) has supplied one of Europe’s most promising 2-year-olds, in the G1 Racing [...]

[ Read More ]
Pedigree Insights: Persian Knight

Almost exactly 30 years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Japan as a guest of the JRA, to report on the Japan Cup and international jockeys’ series. Because of my interest in bloodstock, I was also treated to a tour of the stallion farms on Hokkaido. The vast majority of the stallions I saw [...]

[ Read More ]
Caulfield: Australia’s Effect on Sire Success

Thanks to the shuttle system, breeders are sometimes forced to revise their assessment of a stallion when he returns home a conquering hero. The perfect example has to be Danehill. Although Danehill started his career at a fee of IR£25,000 in 1990, he quickly started to slip down the ranks at Coolmore, to the extent [...]

[ Read More ]
Pedigree Insights: Mendelssohn

The two male Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners have never quite met, despite playing starring roles at the same venues. Friday’s Juvenile Turf winner, the progressive Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy), had drawn a sale-topping bid of $3,000,000 on the last day of Book 1 at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. And Good Magic (Curlin), Saturday’s impressive winner of [...]

[ Read More ]
Pedigree Insights: Saxon Warrior

The decision to bestow the name Deep Impact on a royally-bred colt by the sensational Sunday Silence has proved more than a little prescient. Group 1 events in Japan rarely go by without attracting at least one Deep Impact representative and Sunday’s G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) saw the Shadai superstar supply seven of the 18 [...]

[ Read More ]
Pedigree Insights: Cracksman

Having an enormously famous parent can be tough, as many a child with a superstar father or mother has discovered to their cost. Fortunately, though, exceptional talent does occasionally pass down the generations, as the racing world has witnessed with Galileo. When Galileo retired to stud it was surely expecting too much that he–or any [...]

[ Read More ]
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 [...]

[ Read More ]
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 [...]

[ Read More ]