It's In The Blood


Ron Gilbert turned away from the pitiful sight before him, and stared into the Darling Downs hills to gather his thoughts.  It was a scorching Queensland February day. Half an hour earlier Gilbert was sitting down to watch the 1999 edition of a breeders’ “must-see” – the Blue Diamond Stakes. A phone call from a... Read More


“It’s called line-breeding when it works, and in-breeding when it doesn’t,” is the old line, the sardonic joke that salves some of the wounds from the capricious lottery of making horses.   Fine lines indeed.   They’re being put under the microscope again, and in this instance starting to bear results, with a horse named Significance –... Read More


As a punter, if you get overs, you’re often waiting for a rude awakening: those despised words as you confirm your bet – “Win odds have changed” – or the dreaded scratching of the favourite at the barrier, and its loathsome companion, deductions.   Similarly, when you’re buying horses and you score unders, you might be... Read More

Elite Street

Sometimes in breeding and racing you’re rewarded for your own judgement. Sometimes other people’s decisions work for you.  The latter is the case concerning former WA Supreme Court judge Robert Anderson and Elite Street, who completed an undulating journey in rising from fourth in a Pinjarra maiden six months ago to becoming a Group 1... Read More

Inspirational Girl

Inspirational Girl landed a windfall for favourite backers who crunched her from $3.50 to $2.60 in taking the Railway Stakes at Ascot last Saturday, becoming the first Group 1 winner bred by New Zealand’s Jamieson Park stud.  The West Australian mare – yet another from breeder Bob Peters’ cerise and white production line – had... Read More


In racing and breeding, sometimes champagne and caviar can come disguised as flat beer and sardines, with one person’s poison morphing into another person’s meat.  In 2013, Gai Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock shelled out half a million dollars for a well-bred yearling – by Fastnet Rock out of Legally Bay.  She was a bay,... Read More