As previously discussed, all performance is inherited from within the pedigree, therefore the pedigree, or more correctly the horses within the pedigree are the key to determining the future performance of an individual racehorse.
It is the degree of genetic compatibility between the dam and the sire that controls the final level of performance, where there is a high degree of genetic compatibility the performance is correspondingly higher.
However the presence of either a superior sire or dam in isolation is not enough to ensure the success of the progeny. For example, despite his superiority as a sire, not every horse sired by Danehill was successful at a stakes level, despite the obvious quality of the mares he served. Similarly there are many mares that have only produce the one stakes horse, even when bred to a number of outstanding sires.
It will also come as no surprise that almost all champions, such as Secretariat, Makybe Diva, Sunline, Sadler’s Wells, Nijinsky etc., have an almost perfect genetic compatibility between their sire and dam.
Our extensive research has focused on understanding the genetic building blocks that exist within the thoroughbred as a breed. Because the Stud Book has been closed for some time, there has been no new blood entering the breed and the genetic building blocks have remained relatively consistent for many years.
The Modelling Technique developed by Genetic Edge Pedigrees allows a complex genetic model to be created for each individual sire or dam. We can then blend these two models together to see what the performance potential of a hypothetical progeny would look like.
The order in which the genetic contribution of the sire and dam blend together is controlled by a series of genetic laws which we have identified and documented. These consistent and repeatable laws control such things as the ideal sex of the progeny along with the ultimate racing distance.
One of these laws, the law of sponsorship, allow the sire and dam to use their underlying genetic compatibility to sponsor into the progeny’s genetic profile advanced traits, such as fortitude and toughness, which may only have been present in one of the parent’s genetic profiles.
It is the genetic law of sponsorship that provides many of the outstanding racehorses seen each year and while their performance is usually sex dependant their ability to repeatedly perform at a group level is well documented.
As with any athlete the underlying genetic ability still needs to be recognised and developed and there are numerous examples of horses that have been written off by their trainers only to flourish with a new training approach. Takeover Target is an excellent example of this phenomenon and under a new trainer and a different training regime he clearly thrived.
The genetic modelling technique and the application of the associated genetic laws provide breeders and buyers with a significant advantage and you can be assured that the horse being bred or purchased will have the required level of genetic ability.
Some of the identified uses are listed below and these are detailed further on the attached pages,
Buying a Yearling
Breeding to Race
Breeding to Sell
Buying a Broodmare
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