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    Verry Elleegant

    A nice bit of linebreeding. 'Giving the sire' his dam line is one of the 'guaranteed to work' ideas in breeding. You will note that Zed's third dam is Cotehele House, and is also the third dam of Opulence, by Danroad. Cotehele House is out of the great Eight Carat, who has played a part in many famous winners of late. To add strength to the mating, we see two lines of Special, via Nureyev and Sadlers Wells. That's enough to set the pedigree alight. Whether Danroad contributes much, I'll leave others to judge Nearco
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    Corona Virus Impact on Racing

    Why oh why is racing not on free to air TV? I hate Sky with a passion, only reason I have it is for racing. Please, please someone get it back to free to air. And Proisir? Well what about the 2nd and 3rd in the Oaks. (speaking through my pocket, but Vancooga's run from second last was heart attack stuff) Proisir could be the next really good sire.
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    Roger That

    Thanks Gubellini Your historical stuff is greatly appreciated by us all. Having bred a number of (slow) Yaminan Vitals, I'm kicking myself that I didn't take the time to review the pedigree. he won in a good time, which validates the result.
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    Great meeting. Once a year, track well maintained by local cockies. The whole town and environs are there and it's a great day out, and a great day's racing. We raced there a couple of years back and managed a win. Closing this track would be a shame. There's no reason to do so: it's an iconic part of South Island holiday festivities.
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    R1–3 R2– 5 R3– 5 R4– 8 R5– 2 R6– 6 R7– 3 R8– 8 R9–11 Cheers
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    Are races getting faster?

    Oops, yes, Sunday Silence's (slowish) time should have been 2.05. Bad proofreading on my part. Visually, you can see that for the past 70 years, the trend line is flattish, Ie race times only improving by 1.7%. Median time for all statistics is 2.03.0 and the average over the past 70 years is 2.02.3.
  7. An academic who thinks I'm a bit obsessed with thoroughbreds has posed an interesting question: 'The Kenyan breaking the 2 hour marathon reminded me that recently someone I know said they had gone back and looked at the winning times of the Kentucky Derby and it appeared that there had been no increase in horses speed in 50 years (or so) perhaps even longer. Is this true in general. I would think that improvements in nutritional knowledge and training regimes would have led to an increase in horses just as it has in humans?' I found the times for the Kentucky Derby online, and produced a graph. 2019 is on the left, 1918 on the right. Quickest in modern times was Secretariat in 1973, 1.59.4 Slowest Sunday Silence in 1989 2.00.5 Weather & track conditions obviously have a bearing, but it would appear that over the past 60 years, times have only fluctuated by 5 seconds in a race of 2 minutes duration. What is this telling us? Since the Thoroughbred is a closed stud book, we aren't introducing any new genes, just shaking the genetic dice. Thoughts, please
  8. OOps, I didn't see the scratchings. Here's my revised selections: 1. Ruakaka R5 Starts 2:19pm 4,10 2. Rosehill R2 Starts 2:45pm 2,5 3. Rosehill R3 Starts 3:20pm 2,10 BB 4. Rosehill R4 Starts 3:55pm 8,2 5. Hastings R9 Starts 4:20pm 1,12 6. Caulfield R5 Starts 4.50pm 4,5 7. Rosehill R6 Starts 5:10pm 5,7 8. Caulfield R6 Starts 5.30pm 1,8 BB 9. Caulfield R7 Starts 6.10pm 13,5 10. Caulfield R8 Starts 6.50pm 11,8 cheers, great comp!
  9. 1. Ruakaka R5 Starts 2:19pm 4,5 2. Rosehill R2 Starts 2:45pm 1,4 3. Rosehill R3 Starts 3:20pm 6,10 BB 4. Rosehill R4 Starts 3:55pm 8,2 5. Hastings R9 Starts 4:20pm 1,12 6. Caulfield R5 Starts 4.50pm 4,5 7. Rosehill R6 Starts 5:10pm 5,7 8. Caulfield R6 Starts 5.30pm 1,8 BB 9. Caulfield R7 Starts 6.10pm 13,5 10. Caulfield R8 Starts 6.50pm 11,8 cheers, great comp!
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    Clive Harper

    In 2012 I wrote: "One of the world's great pedigree researchers, Clive Harper died today aged 80. A retired university lecturer, Clive was known as the 'interpreter' of Harold Hampton, a far-sighted Cockney who, without a computer proposed many theories of 'linebreeding' that still hold good today. Clive Harper was a gentleman with a wicked sense of humour. The author of three books on thoroughbred breeding, he was the first to apply rigorous principles of research to the breeding of thoroughbreds. Over twenty years ago, in an article in NZ Bloodhorse, Clive presented the results of a study where he took a hundred NZ group winners and a hundred 'duffers' - horses who had been well tried, but failed to win a race. Analysing their pedigrees to six generations, he was able to prove conclusively that Group winners has pedigrees containing more intricate linebreeding, including sex balance and a higher number of close relatives. On retirement Clive became a full-time pedigree consultant. He worked worldwide, offering advice to clients on how to find the stallion most suited to their mare. His NZ clients, who probably want to remain anonymous, benefitted from his advice at the yearling sales, and in finding consorts for their mares. There are a number of group-winners today that have been selected by Harper. He would be the first to agree that linebreeding is not a 'silver bullet', merely a way of minimising the risks of breeding failure. As a practical breeder, he bred and raced horses successfully. Sadly he won't see his latest horse with Mike Breslin greet the judge. Amazingly, pedigree research is probably more understood in NZ than anywhere else. Clive Harper, a modest gentleman represented the very best of Kiwi breeding intellectuals. We will miss him greatly." Yesterday, horses bred by Clive Harper won consecutive races at Riccarton. Race 3 was the 1400m R72 race, won by Wafer. Race 4 at Riccarton was the 3200m Maiden steeple, won by The Great Guru. Another Clive Harper horse! Trained by Lisa Latta, ridden by Shaun Fannin, by Gallant Guru from Greyling, he was winning his 4th race. Both horses descend from the same damline that Harper had bred from consistently. His foundation mare was Pieces of Eight, by Brauner who he bought locally for €500 in 1984. The attraction was that she contained Round Table’s ¾ sister and Gainsborough Lass, who traced back to Queen Mary. She went to Bottler, local sire and grandson of Round Table. The resulting filly Corqua was unplaced in five starts. She went to Tristram’s Heritage to produce Fruit Salad who won two races including black type and $20,000. Fruit Salad so named because her pedigree, when coloured-in to show common lines of inheritance ‘looked like a fruit salad’. (lots of close relatives in the 5th, & 6th generations and beyond) This mating acquired another line of Round Table from Sir Tristram. Fruit Salad went to Sandtrap to produce Salada who won 4 times for $19,000, three wins under Robbie Hannam. Sandtrap had Round Table’s daughter Monarchy, which gave Salada 4 lines of Monarchy, a son of Round Table’s ¾ sister and 4 lines of Gainsborough Lass. Salada went to Alamosa, and on Clive’s death passed on to Tineka Balcombe who is listed as the breeder of the resulting filly Wafer. Wafer has won 4 races and $96,000 to date, including the Listed Gore Guineas, and yesterday’s 1400m race at Riccarton. Alamosa brings in another line of Round Table, and Never Bend. Clive consulted for a number of NZ studs, to whom he was loyal. The Great Guru, son of White Robe’s Gallant Guru out of a ¾ sister to Salada, who won three including her first two starts. The mating brings in more Never Bend and Round Table, as well as two closeup lines of Special. To date, The Great Guru has won twice on the flat and two over the sticks. More is expected of him. Clive was an active member of the Levin breeders Forum, which meets monthly. A number of members of the forum have profited from Clive’s generosity and depth of pedigree knowledge, the author included. We fondly remember his obsession with Emma & Maria, Musket & Quiver and the Eulogy family. The examples of breeding to consistently upgrade his fillies is testament to how you can breed group winners from families that have lapsed into obscurity. Putting the best to the best was never Clive’s approach, and the two consecutive results at Riccarton yesterday bear testament. Clive, we remember you fondly. The author confesses he had a big bet ($3 to win) on Wafer yesterday.
  11. Comp R1 : Caulfield R1 1.45pm —3,11 Comp R2 : Rosehill R3 2.40pm —1,7 Comp R3 : Caulfield R4 3.30pm —1,2 Comp R4 : Ruakaka R7 3.59pm —2,3 Comp R5 : Ruakaka R8 4.32pm —4,6 BB Comp R6 : Rosehill R7 5.05pm —10,13 Comp R7 : Morphettville R6 5.36pm 1,3 Comp R8 : Sunshine Coast R6 5.57pm —14,15 Comp R9 : Sunshine Coast R7 6.33pm —5,11 BB Comp R10 : Sunshine Coast R8 7.10pm—3,8 Thanks, great comp!
  12. Royal Randwick R3 3.10pm 1 Ellerslie R6 3.35pm 1 BB Doomben R5 3.53pm 8 Ellerslie R7 4.10pm (BONUS RACE) 6 Royal Randwick R5 4.20pm 15 Royal Randwick R6 4.55pm (BONUS RACE) 9 Royal Randwick R7 5.35pm 14 Caulfield R7 5.55pm 7 Royal Randwick R8 6.15pm (BONUS RACE) 5 Caulfield R8 6.35pm 8BB Thanks once again. Great comp
  13. 1 11 2 8 3 4 4 11 5 3 6 1 7 7 8 8 9 8 10 6 11 10 12 9 bb Thanks once again
  14. Comp Race 1 : Randwick R1 2.10pm : 8,10 Comp Race 2 : Randwick R2 2.45pm : 3,6 Comp Race 3 : Randwick R3 3.20pm : 3,10 Comp Race 4 : Te Aroha R8 4.25pm : 1,7 Comp Race 5 : Randwick R5 4.35pm : 16,19 BB Comp Race 6 : Randwick R6 5.15pm : 2,12 Comp Race 7 : Randwick R7 5.55pm : 2,12 Comp Race 8 : Randwick R8 6.35pm : 2,6 BB Comp Race 9 : Caulfield R8 6.55pm : 9,14 Comp Race 10 : Randwick R9 7.15pm : 8,15 Q Comp Race 11 : Randwick R10 7.50pm : 1,9  Thanks for another super comp: this time I'll finish close to last!
  15. Race 1 1.50pm 1 Race 2 2.30pm 3 Race 3 3.00pm 4 Race 4 3.10pm 8 Race 5 3.50pm 1 BB Race 6 4.20pm 8 Race 7 4.20pm 4 Race 8 5.10pm 7. Race 9 5.50pm 3 Race 10 6.30pm 1 Race 11 7.10pm 10 BB Thanks