By The Numbers

Think About It a formula for success

How did a $70,000 yearling develop into a Group 1 winner after just nine starts? The numbers were always in Think About It’s favour. When a horse as progressive as Think About It (So You Think) emerges, there is always a desire to dive into its background to get an understanding of how a relatively... Read More

Global phenomenon Fu Peg leaves a massive local legacy

The death of Fusaichi Pegasus has prompted By The Numbers to reflect on his legacy in Australasia, which extends from Haradasun to Capitalist. Labelled ‘Superman’ on the day he was foaled, Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector) has been courting headlines from the moment he hit the Keeneland sales ring in 1998 and flamboyant Japanese owner Fusao... Read More

Australia’s two-year-old obsession is a myth

Australia may be renowned as a racing culture obsessed with precocious horses but the statistics tell a very different story. The Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) sits at the centre of Australia’s love for two-year-old racing. From the moment that Todman (Star Kingdom) romped to an eight-length win in the first edition in 1957, it... Read More

French connection strengthens with Huetor’s Doomben double

Huetor’s history-making win in Saturday’s Doomben Cup puts the performance and influence of French-bred horses on Australian thoroughbred racing in the spotlight. Huetor’s (Archipenko) racing life has taken him from the bucolic surrounds of the Chantilly yard of Carlos Laffon-Parias to the hustle and bustle of Peter and Paul Snowden’s Randwick operation. A career that... Read More

Future stars and the foal market

With the industry’s focus on the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, we look at its record as a source for future stars on the track when compared to buying from the yearling market. The walls of the Magic Millions complex at Bundall are adorned with the names and images of racetrack stars who have passed... Read More

Two for one – buying mares in foal

With nearly 500 in-foal mares set to be offered at Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale next week, we look at the considerable upside of purchasing pregnant mares. There is no better showcase for the virtues of buying a mare in-foal than the back story of one of the greats of Australian racing, three-time Melbourne Cup... Read More