By The Numbers

Winx’s first yearling a genuine rare article

With the news that Winx’s first foal, a filly by Pierro, is set to sell through the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, we look at how the progeny of elite race fillies and mares have fared through the sales ring. In the hyperbolic surrounds of a yearling sales ring, the word ‘rare’ gets thrown around a... Read More

Numbers on the side of those at the top of the sires’ table

Is success among Australian sires becoming more concentrated in the top end? The numbers suggest that may very well be the case. A glimpse at the Australian sires’ table in mid-September can prove only so useful. Six weeks into the season, we are dealing with a relatively small sample size, with only two Group 1... Read More

The Dubawi effect

After a big weekend for Dubawi, By The Numbers tracks the ongoing influence of one of the world’s leading stallions in Australia and New Zealand. In the space of 70 minutes at the Curragh on Sunday, the extraordinary influence and versatility of Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) was there for the thoroughbred world to appreciate. Not only... Read More

Keeneland calling

With the Keeneland September Sale looming, By The Numbers puts the performance of its graduates in Australasia in the spotlight. Let’s start off with a quiz question. Can you name the two Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates to have won Group 1 races in Australia since 2000? The one which should immediately leap to mind... Read More

Sprint stars cash in on era of unmatched riches

The $20.8 million prize-money earned by recently retired star Nature Strip is not only a tribute to his extraordinary talent and speed, but a sign of an era of astonishing returns. In a stellar 2021-22, Nature Strip (Nicconi) became the first horse in Australian racing history to earn over $10 million in a single season.... Read More

Ongoing quality proves anything but elusive

After a successful Saturday where his son won the Memsie Stakes and his half-brother won the Tramway Stakes, By The Numbers looks at Bullbars and his own influential sire Elusive Quality.   When Darley ramped-up its investment in Australia in 2003, standing ten stallions on its newly acquired Hunter Valley property, Kelvinside, topping the roster was... Read More