Digests From World Turf Writers (1950)
The following vignettes are taken directly from ‘Thoroughbreds’: The Stud Breeders’ Magazine Volume 1 Number 1: Souvenir Issue 1950. They are ‘dated’ but might still throw some light on the inexact dilemma of breeding superior thoroughbreds; even today?
Featured Image: ‘Nasrullah’ (See the article ‘Right’ below) at ‘Spendthrift’ KY
Many notable breeders of yesteryear postulated their own pet theories of ‘inheritance of ability’ in thoroughbred horses. F K ‘Darby’ Mackay posited that there was what he called an ‘Electric Spark’ factor which came through in some individuals. He was an ardent student of both Mendelian Genetics and Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’. He was the person who once challenged me with the enigmatic conundrum of ‘What Makes a Good Horse’; and conversely ‘What Makes a Horse Good’! I’ll report back later (if I ever solve the riddle).
Both Colin McAlpine (Eureka Stud) and Colin Hayes (Lyndsay Park Stud) debated the concept of the ‘Energy Gene’ which I think might have been directly analogous with Darby Mackay’s ‘Electric Spark’ factor? There is no single simple answer but the following might help?
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Vow And Declare 2019
It can still be done! Hearty congratulations to Kitchwin Hill Stud and connections.
Featured Image: Stud staff at Kitchwin Hills celebrating a ‘win for the ages’ by locally bred Vow And Declare in the 2019 Melbourne Cup
Acknowledge ‘The Scone Advocate’ Facebook
I think this is the first since Subzero in 1992? Perhaps I should leave it there?
Stanley Wootton @ Bondi
Just when you think it’s all been written and said about Stanley Wootton something seminal happens to remind you of his enduring influence. The inaugural Bondi Stakes run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 26th October 2019 was the most recent shining example. No-one tells the tale quite like Brian Russell can. The following is taken from his latest ‘Australian Thoroughbred Review’ distributed to over 5000 online subscribers.
Featured Image: Stanley Wootton at ‘Baramul’ in 1964 fully resplendent in ‘Bombay Bloomers’ which would not have been out of place at Bondi Beach (Acknowledge ‘The Star Kingdom Story’ by Peter Pring; The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney)
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