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: Laurens

If I heard correctly–and I think I did–brash presenter Matt Chapman of At The Races described Sunday’s G1 Prix de Diane heroine Laurens as “big, buxom and butch.” In this quest for alliteration, Chapman could justifiably have added bold, brave and brilliantly bought to his rather non-p.c. accolade. “Bold” because the strapping daughter of Siyouni [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Monomoy Girl

When a stallion proves his dominance by becoming champion sire on more than one occasion, is it safe to assume that he will develop into a noted sire of sires? The evidence over the last 60 years suggests it is, though have inevitably been a few exceptions. During those 60 years we have seen Nasrullah [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Study Of Man & Weekend Classics

In the build-up to an exciting three days of middle-distance Classics in Europe, it looked a pretty safe bet that I would end up writing about Deep Impact or Galileo or a combination of the two (as represented by Saxon Warrior). After all, there were four daughters of Galileo in the G1 Oaks field and Deep [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Olmedo

History has an intriguing habit of repeating itself, with the latest instance concerning the former Aidan O’Brien champions Giant’s Causeway and Declaration of War. Giant’s Causeway retired to Coolmore after ending his career with a highly admirable neck second to Tiznow in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt. He was transferred to Ashford Stud [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Billesdon Brook

The great Hasili added another jewel to her crown on Sunday when Champs Elysees became her second son to sire a winner of the G1 1000 Guineas. But whereas Dansili’s daughter Miss France was among the leading fancies for the 2014 edition, virtually no-one considered Champs Elysees’s admirably tough daughter Billesdon Brook, who became the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Camelot

When I reviewed Camelot’s pedigree for the TDN in October 2011, following the first of his four Group 1 victories, I mentioned that several colts with names linked to the Arthurian legend had occasionally matched their namesakes’ fame. Sir Gallahad III had become America’s champion sire on four occasions, while Sir Tristram was champion sire [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Dawn Approach & Cityscape

Take a look back at the stallions which covered their first mares in 2014 and you’ll find that the highest-priced newcomers in Ireland were Declaration of War at €40,000, Dawn Approach at €35,000 and Camelot at €25,000. Over in Britain, Intello had the distinction of being the highest-priced freshman, at £25,000, with the next in [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Epoca d’Oro

Japan’s lengthy quest to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the first time has been punctuated by a variety of near misses, controversies and hard-luck stories. El Condor Pasa (Jpn)’s bold front-running effort looked as if it was going to bear fruit when he was three lengths clear with only 300 metres left [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Justify

Owner-breeders have recently had little to complain about on the first Saturday in May, with many of the last 14 Kentucky Derby winners carrying the colors of their respective breeders. But are we beginning to witness a change? The last three winners, American Pharoah, Nyquist and Always Dreaming, all passed through the sales ring (though [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Audible

Last Saturday saw two important GI Kentucky Derby trials, each carrying 100 points for the winner. The big difference between the two was that they were staged roughly 12,600 kilometres apart, in Dubai and Miami, yet both were won very decisively by progressive colts on a winning roll. And–remarkably–there are some strong similarities between the [...]

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