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: 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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Pedigree Insights: Noble Indy

“Selling Take Charge Indy was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my time as a syndicate manager, but, ultimately, we have to blend the passion we have for our horses with business principles for our shareholders.” That was the quote from Elliott Walden, the WinStar president, when it was announced that [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Magnum Moon

Back in the fall of 2013, when breeders were contemplating the matings responsible for this year’s classic crop, Malibu Moon had a total of 29 foals of racing age out of daughters of Unbridled and Unbridled’s Song. Only one of the 29 had become a black-type winner, but that black-type winner was none other than [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Promises Fulfilled

Only a week ago, when discussing the long-term prospects for the survival of Storm Cat’s male line, I wasn’t sure whether to mention the Forestry branch alongside those of Harlan, Hennessy and Giant’s Causeway. In the end I decided not to, but perhaps I should have–it was Forestry’s son Shackleford who supplied Promises Fulfilled, the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: My Boy Jack

The recent 50th anniversary of the birth of the great Mill Reef acted as a reminder that great sires are not always destined to establish a long-lasting male line. Despite having numerous stallion sons, Mill Reef’s influence in Europe depended heavily on his Derby winning son Shirley Heights and to a lesser extent on his [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Bravazo

When someone first gambled on the idea of sending a daughter of Cee’s Tizzy to Awesome Again, I wonder if they really expected to see the lights flash and the jackpot cascade. In fact, the lever had to be pulled a few times before the first payout, with the nick’s statistics standing at eight foals, [...]

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‘Heart’ and ‘Flame’ Find Grit Deep in Bloodlines

Thanks to Bill Finley’s Op/Ed piece last Thursday, the topic of lack of runners in the U.S. has been much discussed in recent days. The Jockey Club’s figures show that the average field size has fallen to fewer than eight runners per race since 2011 and that a modern American racehorse can be expected to [...]

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