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  • Pierro's Price Tag, No Guarantee
    12th October 2012
    PIERRO PRICE TAG NO GUARANTEE The Sportsman - Friday 12th Oct 2012 ON TOP of the circa $30 million price tag, whoever wins the race to secure Pierro for stud duties will need to find another $3 million to insure the colt. Pierro's forecast first-year premium equates to about 10 percent of his value and while it could drop down to $1 million in his ... Read more
  • Caterpillars and Mares Aborting
    29th June 2012
    HISTOPATHOLOGY OF MARES ABORTING DUE TO EQUINE AMNIONITI AND FOETAL LOSS BY KH TODHUNTER AND AJ CAWDWELL-SMITH   In September 2008, Equine Research News profiled the study Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss- the role of caterpillars, by AJ Cawdwell-Smith and WL Bryden. The research was a result of a spate of abortions in the Hunter Valley in 2004 which exhibited unusual and ... Read more
  • Deconstructing Black Caviar
    8th March 2012
      This is the Pedigree Consultants LLC blog written by Alan Porter and Byron Rogers. You will find the latest thoughts from both Alan and Byron on the latest on pedigree analysis and thoroughbred pedigrees. Go to http://pedigreeconsultants.com DECONSTRUCTING BLACK CAVIAR - WHAT WERE THE REASONS BEHIND THE MATING THAT LED TO THE CHAMPION?  Alan Porter - ... Read more
  • Cloning Advances
    9th June 2011
    Article taken from: ANZBloodstock News July 6 2010 Cloning Advances Another cloning milestone has been reached by researchers at Texas A&M University with the successful birth of a foal produced using ooxytes from a live mare. Mouse was born May 5, 2010. The efforts of his owner, Kit Knotts, to find a horse that had the same qualities as her prized Lipizzaner ... Read more
  • Threat to Thoroughbred Breeding in the Hunter Valley
    27th January 2010
      Thoroughbred Breeders of the Hunter Valley - Henry Plumptre   Horseracing is one of Australia's oldest sports. It is part of Australia's history and heritage. It is quintessential part of the Australian way of life. From the first official thoroughbred race meeting by Governor Macquarie in Hyde Park, Sydney in 1810, to the breathtaking performances of Pharlap, Tulloch, Makybe Diva ... Read more
  • Predicting the Future with Yearling Radiographs
    4th August 2008
    Predicting the Future with Yearling Radiographs By Dr Chris Whitton, Senior Registrar/Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine & Surgery, The University of Melbourne, Werribee Equine Centre. The horse racing industry is built on future prediction, it’s what punters are doing every time they bet and breeders when they mate their mares. In recent years, yearling radiographs have taken ... Read more
  • Full Siblings
    19th March 2008
    Full Siblings by Jane Henning   Why is it that full brothers and sisters to top performers don’t always live up to expectations?   From (this) pedigree analyst’s point of view, there are two major reasons for the same sire and dam combination coming up with radically different racing talent in their offspring; parent compatibility and ... Read more
  • Fertility Rates Decline in Hunter Valley
    31st October 2007
    Fertility Rates Decline in Hunter Valley Tara Madgwick - Tuesday, October 30, 2007    www.breednet.com.au The outbreak of EI has had a profound and immediate effect on so many things in racing and breeding, but one more insidious and long-term effect is now being felt in the Hunter Valley with a general and widespread decline in fertility rates ... Read more
  • Lloyd's Supports Thoroughbred Breeders Association
    12th September 2007
    Lloyd's Supports Thoroughbred Breeders Association   The equine industry’s major insurance underwriter - Lloyd’s of London - have added their support to recent TBA efforts to salvage the remaining weeks of this year’s breeding season. Keith Stern, Lloyd’s Sydney representative, issued a formal statement this morning which said: “Lloyd’s ... Read more
  • Finding a Vet
    9th June 2007
    The Australian Stud Book has recently added a new facility to it's website to enable breeders to locate an ASB Approved Veterinarian in their area.  Go to the ASB Approved Vet Search, www.studbook.org.au/vetwebsearch.aspx and enter a postcode range or if unknown, enter the suburb and state.  It should be noted that the veterinarians ... Read more
  • Former Shuttle Stallion Real Quiet
    21st March 2007
    Former Shuttle Stallion Real Quiet Kentucky Derby (Gr I) winner Real Quiet, who was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for abscesses in both hind feet, completed a successful test breeding March 19 at the center. "He felt comfortable in covering the mare, and everything went fine," said syndicate manager Mike Jester. "Dr. (Dean) Richardson and his staff ... Read more
  • Irish Breeders Seminar
    5th January 2007
    Irish Breeders Seminar With the yearling sales about to begin in Australia and New Zealand it is worth repeating the interesting comments made by renowned Thoroughbred market analyst Bill Oppenheim when addressing the Irish Breeders Seminar in 2003 about changes in the horse business over the past 50 years as reported in the ‘Racing Post’. These comments are still relevant ... Read more
  • Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Club Limited
    19th December 2006
    Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Club Limited The Club, which currently has over 350 members, was formed to assist thoroughbred breeders through the presentation of talks, seminars, stud visits and social activities as well as providing incentive schemes and a Stallion Tender Scheme. New members are always welcome and membership can be arranged by contacting the club secretary. Annual membership fees are $50 for ... Read more
  • Jaundice In Mares
    3rd July 2006
    Jaundice In Mares In the current edition (June/July) of the Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Club Pty Ltd newsletter I found the following very interesting article – particularly if you expect a foal or two during the 2006 Breeding Season. Club member Dianne Lanham had a mare which was a possible jaundice carrier so she asked Coolmore veterinarian Greg Mitchell for an ... Read more
  • UK Scientists Identify Speed Genes In Horses
    3rd May 2006
    UK Scientists Identify Speed Genes in Horses An organisation based in Britain has published ground-breaking genetic research which could have enormous implications for the way thoroughbred racehorses are bred, trained and raced. Thoroughbred Genetics has published the results of a six-year study in the international peer-reviewed journal, Mitochondrion.  It is the first proof that there is an association between ... Read more
  • Chilean-bred Thoroughbreds - Hot on the World Stage
    17th April 2006
    Chilean-bred Thoroughbreds - Hot on the World Stage by Jane Henning and Nelson Sepulveda Chile is one country whose thoroughbreds are gaining a worldwide reputation and particularly with regards to suitability to our climate and deserves our serious consideration.  If the recent importation to Australia of the 2005 Chilean Horse of the Year 'Cefalu' results in stakes wins in ... Read more
  • Bright Future Off to a Flying Start
    3rd March 2006
    Bright Future Off to a Flying Start        by Lissa Oliver The Darley Flying Start management training programme is the brainchild of Sheik Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, helping to develop future leaders of the bloodstock industry. It provides twelve lucky students each year with a unique opportunity to take their talents around the globe ... Read more
  • Stanley Wootton - A Breeder of Champions
    27th February 2006
    Stanley Wootton – A Breeder Of Champions When horse racing is discussed in Australia the name of Stanley Wootton invariably arises. Stanley Wootton imported to Australia the outstanding sire Star Kingdom and the mare Oceana, which produced one of Australia’s greatest racehorses – Todman. The son of Dick Wootton, a successful horse trainer both in Australia and England, ... Read more
  • Cambridge
    17th February 2006
    CAMBRIDGE, NEW ZEALAND Equine Statues & Equine Walk of Fame Just 2 hours south east of Auckland on the main southern highway is the small town of Cambridge with its charming rural/English atmosphere.  The Cambridge region is famous for its many equine achievemnets.  World-reknowned studs, training and bloodstock facilities are based in and around the town. The ... Read more
  • TALKIN' HORSES with Alan Porter
    20th December 2005
    TALKIN’ HORSES with Alan Porter Pedigree advisor Alan Porter has been professionally involved with Thoroughbreds for almost 30 years, has been a writer on racing and breeding for more than 25 years, and has been planning matings for 18 years.     Over the years, Porter has written columns for The Daily Racing Form, The Thoroughbred Daily News, Pacemaker, The Australian Bloodhorse ... Read more
  • Watch Stallion's Waistline
    17th December 2005
    Watch stallion’s waistline by Heather Smith Thomas Just as in people, diet and exercise are keys to managing a stallion’s weight. PROPER BODY CONDITION is important for the health, longevity, and breeding performance of stallions. An obese stallion is less likely to have a robust libido and more likely to develop health problems. An underweight stallion ... Read more
  • UK Fertililty Survey Results
    13th December 2005
    UK Fertility Survey Results   In the UK, a major study on stud farm efficiency conducted by Professor Twink Allen of the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket has found thoroughbred mares "are remarkably fertile despite the fact breeders do not select for fertility," reported racingpost.co.uk.   "However this fertility, combined with advanced veterinarty techniques, obscures the fact some ... Read more
  • If At First You Don't Succeed - Just Keep Breeding
    1st March 2004
    IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED – JUST KEEP BREEDING! Broodmares do not need to be great racetrack performers to be successful in the breeding barn.  In fact, heavily raced mares often fail to produce anything with remotely their own ability when put to stud – as do heavily raced stallions. Let me prove in this exercise ... Read more