By The Numbers

Premium prices point to premium performance

The rush of on-track success for one-time high-priced yearling progeny of Almanzor implies a strong correlation between sales appeal and on-track performance.   From the moment the first New Zealand-bred crop of Cambridge Stud’s Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) hit the yearling sales ring in 2021, it was clear that, commercially at least, he was going to... Read More

The Shadwell Dispersal – Where are they now?

With the Strawberry Hill Stud Dispersal in the spotlight, we reflect on the last sale of such magnitude in Australia, the Shadwell dispersal of 2021, and where the graduates have ended up. There have been few more power-packed sessions at Magic Millions’ Bundall sales complex than when the 37-lot Shadwell dispersal went through the ring... Read More

The rise and rise of Annabel Neasham

A look at the key numbers behind the rise of trainer Annabel Neasham just three years into her training career. Last Friday marked the third anniversary of Annabel Neasham’s first-ever runner as a trainer. A day later, at Rosehill, she celebrated her 38th stakes success when impressive and as-yet-unbeaten colt Libertad (Russian Revolution) won the... Read More

Daughters building their sires’ international influence

By The Numbers looks at how strong the influence of the world’s best stallions is in Australasia through the progeny of their daughters. The inspiration for a By The Numbers column can come from many different places. Sales or race results often set the scene, while other times it can be a tweet or a... Read More

From Arqana August to Australia

Recent history tells us that the action at this week’s yearling sales in France are likely to have a bearing on Australia’s best races in the coming years.  They have been selling yearlings at Deauville in August since 1887. But in that long history no sale has reached the heights of the 2023 Arqana August... Read More

State of Play

By The Numbers looks into a suite of key stats to chart how the breeding industry dynamic between Australian states has changed over the past 20 years. For many in the breeding and bloodstock industry, August is synonymous with stallion parades, where the crowds head out to the thoroughbred heartlands and inspect the leading sires... Read More