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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.

Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Mont Ormel

No owner-breeder can be totally happy when a mare or filly culled from their broodmare band goes on to shine for her new owner. The practicalities, though, are that quite a few fillies and mares have to be sold simply to keep an operation’s numbers manageable–especially so if the breeder is keen to keep adding [...]

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Galileo Enjoys Stellar Weekend

At the risk of being accused of an acute lack of imagination, I’m afraid the topic once again has to be the extraordinary Galileo. How could it be anything else, when the Coolmore champion was responsible for four group/graded winners in the space of three days last week, including top-level winners on both sides of [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Hawkbill

Tapit’s legions of fans in the U.S. may be surprised that this remarkable stallion, who appears to be well on his way towards a third consecutive sires’ championship, is still awaiting his first black-type winner in Europe. This omission, I should add, owes quite a lot to the fact that Tapit hasn’t had a lot [...]

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Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson and jockey Rafael Bejarano, outside, outgame Subtle Indian and Mike Smith, inside, to win the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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Pedigree Insights: Lord Nelson

Bearing in mind that Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lost the sight in his right eye in 1794, his right arm in 1797 and was finally mortally wounded as a 47-year-old at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, he couldn’t be considered the luckiest of individuals. Still, his exploits were so glorious that his name [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: La Cressonniere

When a truly great stallion becomes so dominant that stud farms clamour to stand his sons, you would think that his broodmare daughters would find it that little bit harder to make a similar impact. Think again! Despite having endless successful stallion sons, the two-time champion sire Mr. Prospector notched up a lengthy sequence of [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Frosted and the Grays

One of Europe’s largest telecom companies used to declare that “the future is Orange.” Well, judging by events at Belmont Park three days ago, the future of the Thoroughbred could well be gray (or grey if–like me, you are in Europe). As many as five of the 13 runners for the GI Belmont S. were [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Harzand

It didn’t appear to be the dawn of a new era when Miswaki’s daughter Urban Sea narrowly landed the 1993 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at odds of 37-1. After all, there was nothing hugely unusual about a filly or mare winning the Arc: four had done so in the 1970’s and another four [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Investec Derby Hopefuls

There was a time, before the advent of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, when being named champion 2-year-old virtually brought with it a ticket to GI Kentucky Derby success. Thanks to Riva Ridge, Secretariat, Foolish Pleasure, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid, the double was achieved six times in the space of eight years during [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Galileo Gold

Just two words–Galileo gold–were all that was needed to provide a near-perfect summary of the first Classic weekend of the European season (though they don’t shine enough light on Paco Boy, sire of the equine Galileo Gold who triumphed in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas). It was Galileo who was responsible for Minding, Ballydoyle and [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Camprock

The O’Callaghan family of Tally-Ho Stud has every reason to believe that history does indeed repeat itself. One of Tally-Ho’s current inmates, Kodiac, has been transformed from a run-of-the-mill €5,000 stallion into a champion sire of 2-year-olds commanding €45,000. This remarkable transformation has taken place even though this hugely popular son of Danehill retired without [...]

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