It's In The Blood


When Gonnadancealot won the 1800m first race at Flemington last Saturday, it heralded the start of not just one but perhaps two exciting Australian careers – that of the two-year-old filly, and her sire Sir Prancealot.  The Irish-bred 11-year-old is a stallion who, in a way, may have slipped through some cracks on his way... Read More


Written Tycoon filly Libiamo gave further proof to the strength of her female line in winning the first race at Caulfield last Saturday, an 1100-metre handicap for two-year-old fillies.  Libiamo was a $170,000 purchase at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale by her trainer Grahame Begg. She is out of the Casino Prince mare... Read More

Token Spirit

Many breeders see questionable benefit in delving back more than three or four generations in a pedigree, reasoning the influence of ancestors there begins to dilute.  But one man is adamant that’s where things only start getting interesting. And we should probably listen, for he bred a three-state treble on the weekend. Oh, he’s also... Read More


You put the best to the best and then you hope for the best.  It’s probably the oldest adage in breeding. But what if those two words come into it – “in-breeding”?  Zayydani, a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Grunt, gave plenty of proof of the axiom’s worth in taking Saturday’s Listed Golden Crown... Read More


It’s taken more than seven years but trainer John O’Shea is at last savouring some lucrative rewards from Hallowed Crown (Street Sense).   O’Shea trained the Gooree Park homebred as an early two-year-old with some promise, but was forced to give him up before he’d raced in early 2014 when O’Shea became Godolphin’s Australian trainer.   Bart... Read More


If you’re into breeding horses, and don’t mind a bit of nominative determinism, you could hardly do better in your pursuit of a fast one than naming your galloper Ayrton.  That’s what Waikato boutique breeder and Formula 1 fan Greg McCarthy did two years ago with the second colt he created by outstanding former British... Read More