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Champion stable’s winning pedigrees diverse – with one common thread

  • Wed, 16 May 2018
  • John Costello
While Tavistock relaxes in his paddock at Cambridge Stud, his progeny continue to rack up the wins.

While Tavistock relaxes in his paddock at Cambridge Stud, his progeny continue to rack up the wins.

Over the many years that I’ve been researching the breeding backgrounds of New Zealand (and sometimes overseas) racehorses, I don’t recall a successful trainer for whom a horse’s pedigree was the first and main attraction. Virtually all of these canny professionals, hands-on horse people that they are, are first attracted by the animal’s physique, conformation and a sometimes difficult-to-define eye appeal. Then they’ll scan the pedigree page. Often the presen…
 

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