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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: Beholder

It was another of those weeks where the action on both sides of the Atlantic threw up some highly noteworthy action. For example, there was another hard-fought round in the battle currently being staged by Galileo and Dubawi, the two heavyweights of European breeding. Dubawi appeared to have landed a near knock-out blow in the [...]

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HIGHLAND REEL winning the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on 8-15-15 Jockey Up Seamie Heffernan
Pedigree Insights: Highland Reel

There were enough notable performances last week to make it difficult to choose just one stallion to write about. In the U.S., the week belonged to Smart Strike, the two-time champion sire who proved such an asset to Lane’s End prior to his demise at the age of 23 in March. Although Smart Strike’s stakes [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Air Force Blue

When Air Force Blue (War Front) quickened impressively to take the Keeneland Phoenix S., this son of War Front provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with his 14th winner of this Group 1 contest in the space of only 18 years. With a sample of this size, it is inevitable that not all of the previous 13 [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Amazing Maria

Thinking of buying a filly at the forthcoming yearling sales? Well you could do worse than consider giving her a name containing Maria. During the current decade we have seen Awesome Maria become a multiple graded winner, with the GI Ogden Phipps H. among her successes; we’ve seen Maria Royal take the G2 Prix de [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Postponed (Ire)

Forget the Year of the Sheep, 2015 is rapidly developing into the year of a 15-3-hands Thoroughbred stallion named Dubawi. With 14 Group winners in the Northern Hemisphere he is four ahead of the normally indomitable Galileo, and with seven Group 1 winners he is no fewer than six ahead of Galileo. Dubawi’s sensational Group [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Erupt and Covert Love

In the BBC’s never-ending soap opera “Eastenders,” Peggy–the matriarch of the Mitchell clan–never ceased to stress the importance of family–or faaamly, as it is pronounced with a cockney accent. Although most racehorse breeders are a very different breed from the glowering Peggy, most of them would share her faith in the family, especially the female [...]

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Territories | Scoop Dyga
Pedigree Insights: Territories (Ire)

Despite the very considerable efforts of the Sadler’s Wells male line, the leading sires list in Britain and Ireland is a forceful reminder that the most dominant force at present is the male line descending from the magnificent Danzig. Thanks entirely to his sons Danehill and Green Desert, the legendary Claiborne sire has no fewer [...]

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Lady Eli | NYRA
Pedigree Insights: Lady Eli

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I can tell you that December 1, 1971 was a day that many would prefer to forget–it was the day that John and Yoko’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” was released in the U.S. But over in England it was the day that a batch of 3-year-old fillies [...]

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Jack Hobbs

Willie Carson may always be best remembered for his achievements in the saddle, which included five British championships and 17 British Classic victories, with four Derby successes among them, but he has also enjoyed some memorable moments as a breeder. Carson achieved one very special triumph–that of winning a Classic on a colt he had [...]

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TIME TEST with Frankie Dettori wins Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot 18-6-15.
Time Test

With Prince Khaled always being keen to give strong support to his own stallions, Darley’s Dubawi initially went unsupported by Juddmonte. But the emergence of Dubawi’s first two crops rapidly established that Dubawi was far too good to ignore, and the Prince began to support him. Fortunately, the results have been little short of spectacular. [...]

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