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How to find a Magic Millions winner

The festive season is upon us, which means that the Magic Millions Sale is just around the corner.  While I personally think that it is one of the weakest Magic Millions catalogues that I have seen, there will be some decent racehorses coming from it.  If history is any guide, it will be the sale th…

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With the new racing season comes the new stallions battling it out for First Season Sires' Honours.  Here is a piece I did some time ago on Congrats, the US stallion who shuttles to Vinery Stud.

Thoroughbred breeding is certainly unpredictable.  Some of the highest profile stallion prospects have …

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Pedigree of the Day - Perfect Company

Today we are in Seymour to look at a 3yo filly called Perfect Company who is having her first start.  Perfect Company is by Stratum, a son of Redoute’s Choice out of a winning Zabeel mare called Belle Mia.  She is the third foal of the dam, with her first two, Cap Eden Roc and Mia Forza, both by Fas…

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Pedigree of the day - Metaphorical

Sydney today sees a first starter in Metaphorical, by Dylan Thomas out of Light Up The World.  Dylan Thomas was a well performed shuttle stallion by Danehill who has performed solidly without being spectacular.

The dam of Metaphorical has already produced a Blue Diamond Prelude winner in World Peace…

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Pedigree of the Day - Obeyed

We are in Goulburn today for the debut of 3yo gelding, Obeyed.  He is by Commands out of the Covetous mare, Patou making him a half brother to Golden Slipper winner, Polar Success.

This remains one of the premier female families in the Australian stud book.  Obeyed is the eight foal of his dam to …

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Pedigree of the Day - Za Moulin Rouge

What a great day of racing in Australia, and we have loads of well bred horses, and plenty of unfashionably bred ones as well.  We have chosen to look at a filly in Race 4 in Caulfield who is up against boom 3yo filly Miracles of Life.  Za Moulin Rouge has had only one start, but is being tested aga…

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Pedigree of the Day - Rocktruder - too much Danehill

Today we will look at Rocktruder who is a 4yo mare having her first start in Race 4 at Mildura.  One of the important factors is that she is a daughter of Australia’s most expensive stallion, Fastnet Rock.  He is a son of Danehill out of a RoyalAcademy mare in Piccadilly Circus who won the Debuntant…

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Pedigree of the Day - Sensibility

Mornington today sees a number of interesting first starters, but perhaps none more so than Sensibility.  The 3yo filly is a daughter of the grand stallion, Redoute’s Choice out of an unraced US bred mare called Fleeting Touch.  She was knocked down for an impressive $260,000 at Inglis Easter, so th…

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Pedigree of the Day - De Little Engine


Today we are the Cushion Track at Geelong for an interesting runner in Race 3, a 1300m maiden.  His name is De Little Engine and he is having his second race start following a debut 5th at Cranbourne.  He is pictured above as a weanling at the Inglis Weanling Sale in 2011.

 De Little Engine is by t…

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Pedigree of the Day 26 August 2013 Zeb Force

A Monday at Warnambool probably isn't where you would expect to see a high profile yearling make his debut. Today though we see the Commands colt, Zeb Force appear for the first time. Zeb Force is by Commands out of the Zabeel mare, Zebizan making him a three quarter brother to the stakes placed Hol…

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Pedigree of the Day 25 August Grauman

Race 1 at Gosford today sees the debut of Grauman.  He is by Aussie Rules out of the Falbrav mare, Takali.  Aussie Rules is a son of Danehill who shuttled to Australia for four seasons to stand at Coolmore.  His results, it is fair to say, have not been outstanding, with only one stakes winner to da…

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Pedigree of the Day - 24 August 2013

Today we are in Sydney and our Pedigree of the Day is in the Silver Shadow for 3yo fillies.  It looks a pretty decent field, but one of the most expensive youngsters running is Killcareless.  By More Than Ready out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare, Climatic, she was a $250,000 purchase who races in the …

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Pedigree of the Day - Bonaccordo

Today’s pedigree is at Scone in Race 2. Bonaccordo is having his second start, and has a pedigree that is of interest. He is a 4yo gelding by Dubleo out of Mamma Rossa by Red Anchor. Dubleo stands at Vinery Stud and is by Southern Halo. He was a reasonably well performed racehorse, winning seven…

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Pedigree of the Day 21August

Sydney Race 2 today sees a first starter in Forever Loved as our Pedigree of the Day.  Forever Loved is a 3yo NZ bred who ranks among Australasian thoroughbred royalty.  She is by the sire of So You Think in High Chaparral out of a Danehill mare called Diamond Like.  Diamond Like won five races incl…

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Pedigree of the day #6 - Rose Madder

A 4yo mare called Rose Madder has her first start at Cessnock today and is our Pedigree of the Day.  She was a $500 purchase at the Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale, so it is interesting to see her at the track and we hope she proves an astute purchase.  Rose Madder, named after a Steven King novel, is …

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Pedigree of the Day #5 - Hugo Drax

A Monday and we head to a cold Echuca in Victoria where we find a 3yo called Hugo Drax having his first start.  Hugo Drax is of interest to us for a few reasons.  He is by Bel Esprit, who of course is the sire of Black Caviar, but more interestingly hails from an Exceed and Excel mare called Kurylen…

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Pedigree of the day 18 August All Emotion

Today’s pedigree is at Narromine where we see a first starter called All Emotion.  The 4yo mare is by Foxhound out of the Ms Foley.  Foxhound was a short lived shuttle stallion by Danzig out of Lassie Dear making him a half brother to Wolfhound, and also to Weekend Surprise, the dam of AP Indy.  Her…

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Duran - Pedigree of the Day 17 August

Duran in Melbourne represents today’s pedigree.  The 3yo colt is by Tale of the Cat out of legendary broodmare, Circles of Gold.  This makes Duran a half brother (or closer) to such champions as Elvstroem and Haradasun.  With such big shoes to fill, what does the future hold for Duran.  Obviously co…

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Pedigree of the Day 16 August Bold Flight

Today’s pedigree is another 3yo, this time a colt having his second race start at Ipswich.  Bold Flight is by Red Dazzler out of Biscay Bird, and a mating that we don’t expect to bring a great deal.  Red Dazzler is a son of Red Ransom who stands at Eureka Stud near Toowoomba.  He has been a decent s…

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Pedigree of the Day 15 August 2013

First starters are always interesting not only from a racing perspective, but also from the view of their pedigree.  Today we look at a first starter at Gosford called Diamond Fund.  The 3yo filly is by Snippetson, and trained by Gerald Ryan who has had remarkable success with quite a few youngsters…

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