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UK and Ireland Yearling Sale 2016

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Graeme North, Research and Product Development, Timeform
  • Racing, DNA

With the 2016 UK and Ireland Yearling sale season already under way but yet to really get going with the major Sales at Newmarket and Goffs still three weeks off, and mindful that the end-of-year broodmare and breeding stock sales are on the horizon, now seems an opportune time to remind readers old and new that there is a very useful tool available to potential purchasers in the form of the Bloodstock Evaluator Timeform Family Tree.

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Galileo Gold, a case of genetic alchemy?

  • Friday, May 13, 2016
  • Graeme North, Research and Product Development, Timeform
  • Racing, DNA

While the Triple Crown undeniably remains the campaign focus of any good three-year-old in the United States and is still an attainable goal as shown by American Pharoah last year, the same cannot be said any longer of its British equivalent. Whereas the Preakness is the automatic next stop for a horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, the Derby is seldom nowadays the next target for the winner of the 2000 Guineas. It might have been in days gone by when the international and domestic calendar wasn’t as well endowed with alternative targets and lines of campaign as it is now, but since the turn of the century only five of the horses that won the Guineas and ran again as three-year-olds went on to run at Epsom, with only Sea the Stars in 2009 and Camelot (the last horse to attempt to win the Triple Crown) in 2012 among that small number winning. Viewed in this context it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, therefore, that the latest 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold will like the majority of recent winners have his next race at a mile, though the reasons given for it are a little unusual.

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