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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: Channel

For a brief second or two, as Commes (Fr) narrowed the gap separating her from Channel (Ire), I thought the topic for today’s column was going to be Le Havre’s feat of siring his third Prix de Diane winner from his first six crops. However, with the gallant Channel keeping her luckless challenger at bay, [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Aging Awesome Again Remains a Force

If experience teaches us anything, it is that a hard-and-fast approach to Thoroughbred breeding is going to lead to missed opportunities. Two widespread prejudices (which are arguably more prevalent in Britain and Ireland) are a dislike of late foals and a reluctance to use veteran stallions. The wisdom of these biases has been tested by [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Anapurna And Galileo’s Classic Influence

Three European classics in three days provided us with a reminder – not that any were needed – of the brilliance of three different facets of that equine gem – Galileo. The first of the three classics, the Investec Oaks, was won in courageous style by Anapurna (GB), a grand-daughter of Galileo by the mighty [...]

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Caulfield Examines Telecaster

Judging by the betting for this year’s race, Galileo’s impact on the Derby, both directly and indirectly, looks set to grow and grow, and the same could be said of New Approach, who became the first of Galileo’s three winners of the Epsom classic. In addition to following in his father’s footsteps when he scored [...]

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Caulfield Examines French Classic Winner Persian King

The great Frankel had a very good time with his third-crop 3-year-olds last week, with no fewer than six of them winning or placing at black-type level. Three of them won, with Obligate coming home 3 1/2 lengths clear in the Prix des Lilas, Mehdaayih 4 1/2 lengths clear in the Cheshire Oaks and Anapurna [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Country House

Oh dear! When it comes to writing a column, I find it much easier if I admire the subject horse’s performance, but that’s not going to be the case today. As far as I could see, Country House was beaten fair and square by Maximum Security–who crossed the line nearly two lengths clear–in Saturday’s GI [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Skardu

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I reminded everyone that marked success for a stallion is likely to breed more success four or five years down the line. On that basis, it looks to be a pretty safe bet that 2019 is going to be another big year for the 3-year-olds by [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Munitions

History, of a minor sort, was made at Lingfield on Feb. 23 when Wissahickon landed the G3 Winter Derby to become the first European group winner by America’s two-time champion sire Tapit. The same 4-year-old colt had already become his sire’s first black-type winner in any of the major European racing powers when he won [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Roadster

The weekend’s 3-year-old action at America’s leading tracks underlined the truth of the adage that success breeds success. In racing, the second wave of success can be expected four or five years after the first and this is what happened in the trials for the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Kentucky Oaks. Take a look [...]

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Pedigree Insights: It’s a New Day for Maximum Security

When the votes were cast for the 2013 Eclipse Awards, we had the unusual situation where the winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile did not land the 2-year-old male award, even though he was to top the Experimental Free Handicap. The Juvenile winner, New Year’s Day, garnered 99 points, compared to Shared Belief’s 115. [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Dream Castle

Every time I see a winner from Frankel‘s first crop, I can’t help thinking back to late-November 2014, when four foals from this crop were scheduled to sell at Tattersalls. Such was the interest in the equine superstar that the BBC sent a camera crew to report on all the excitement. The reality was that, [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Code of Honor

As we are all being encouraged to recycle as much as possible nowadays, perhaps you will forgive me for re-using a promotional piece I was asked to write for Lane’s End Farm in late-2014, after Frankel’s younger brother Noble Mission had been added to the stud’s illustrious stallion team. “When Will Farish announced that Noble [...]

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