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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: Ghaiyyath

Dubawi‘s colourful story is a perfect reminder that attitudes–and prices–are constantly changing in the bloodstock world. Subject to the usual difficulties which face young stallions before their progeny prove themselves, Dubawi was priced at only £15,000 in his fourth year in 2009, having attracted no more than 91 mares in 2008.  Even that substantial price [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mums Tipple

Sadly, the stallion career of the hugely popular Giant’s Causeway petered out a little earlier than his many admirers would have wanted, with the champion son of Storm Cat being credited with only 15 foals in 2018, the year he covered nine mares before his death in April. He was 21 at the time, whereas [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Earthlight and Pinatubo

Last year, in mid-September, Godolphin was in the enviable position of owning two highly promising sons of Darley’s outstanding stallion Dubawi. The unbeaten Too Darn Hot had won the G2 Champagne S., and was to be even more impressive in the G1 Dewhurst S. Then, a day after the Champagne, the unbeaten Quorto defeated the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Romanised

Back in 2006, when the first two flashed past the winning post in the G1 Dewhurst S., they also earned themselves first and second places on the European Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Galileo’s unbeaten son Teofilo topped the table by 1lb from Danehill’s dual Group 1-winning son Holy Roman Emperor, who had also been beaten [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Amalfi Sunrise and Constitution

As the TDN Rising Star Amalfi Sunrise drew off for an easy six-length success in the GII Sorrento S., I was reminded of a commission I received in the fall of 2015. With the Breeders’ Cup bandwagon due to roll into Lexington and Keeneland, WinStar wanted to promote its extensive team of stallions. I was [...]

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Pedigree Insights: European 2-Year-Old Scene Hotting Up

As John Berry rightly pointed out in his Weekly Wrap yesterday, it was great to see a magnificent edition of the King George dominated by four horses which were in their fourth season of racing. While the sport certainly benefits if its biggest stars stay around long enough to become household names, I also draw [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Star Catcher

I doubt whether anyone really needs a reminder of the long-term impact being made by Urban Sea, the 1993 Arc winner who developed into one of the breed’s most accomplished broodmares. But if you do, take a look at the TDN’s Leading Sires List, by Group 1 stakes winners. Top of the list, with seven [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Japan

Thanks to the victories of Anthony Van Dyck in the Derby, Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace S. and Sovereign in the Irish Derby, the great Galileo owed three of his first five Group 1s of 2019 to granddaughters of Danehill. This suggested that time is moving on from the days when the perennial [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Perfectly Imperfect

Breeders operating on limited budgets can find encouragement from the pedigrees of both of the 3-year-olds which shone in last weekend’s GI Invitational turf races at Belmont. Both winners come from highly accomplished families, but both also have at least one distinctly weak link in their female line. For Henley’s Joy, the Kitten’s Joy colt [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Sovereign

In the story of Coolmore’s emergence as arguably the world’s most important stallion station, Kilsheelan Stud would barely merit a footnote. For a while this satellite stud was used to house a few of Coolmore’s National Hunt stallions, such as Executive Perk and Carlingford Castle, as well as some inexpensive speed sires, such as College [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Stradivarius

It was Shamardal who took the honours as the top stallion at Royal Ascot, with his four successes, and while I have no desire to detract from the achievements of a stallion who has already been featured twice in this column this year following the successes of Blue Point (Ire) and Skardu (Ire), I would [...]

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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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