It's In The Blood

Sunfall

There are cascades of class in the pedigree of Saturday’s Flemington three-year-old winner Sunfall, including the dam of a Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m)-winning cult hero, and a mare who played a large role in two other intriguing chapters of Australian racing folklore. The Mick Price-trained Sunfall is by Widden’s flagbearer Zoustar, who’s just finished... Read More

Sunrise Ruby

“Then she rolls it, and folds it, and rolls it again – layer upon layer upon layer.”  How fitting that Melbourne lawyer Susan Zeitz likes to compare her approach to breeding, her fascination with pedigrees, to that line from a 1980s ad for a famous brand of apple Danish. For after some 14 years developing... Read More

Gonnadancealot 

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

Libiamo

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

Zayydani

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