Andrew Caulfield Andrew Caulfield

Andrew Caulfield writes a weekly column for the Thoroughbred Daily News on pedigree analysis, a fascination which crystallised during the 12 years he spent as one of the principal writers at Timeform, where he was responsible for researching the pedigrees of all the two-year-olds. A former editor of The Thoroughbred Breeder, Pacemaker and The European Racehorse, he was also The Sporting Life's bloodstock correspondent for 12 years, He also wrote a weekly racing column for Japan's Gallop magazine for 20 years. More recently his principal role has been as a bloodstock consultant, primarily for Juddmonte Farms. During his 20-year association with Juddmonte, the farm’s star performers have included Frankel and Kingman, winners between them of three Cartier Horse of the Year awards. There have also been two winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, three of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as well as winners of the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Derby, St Leger, Belmont Stakes and several French and Irish classics.

Pedigree Insights: Rock Fall

“There are a lot of similarities between him and his sire and the way they train. You wouldn’t necessarily know they’re as good as they are.” So said Todd Pletcher as part of his assessment of Rock Fall after the GI Vosburgh S., in which the son of Speightstown booked his ticket to the Breeders’ [...]

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Andrew Caulfield: Ribchester

The ripple effect, which has been defined as “a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence,” is a force which sometimes comes into play in the Thoroughbred industry. It often manifests itself when a young stallion fails to maintain his popularity in his second, third or fourth seasons. Of course, no stallion owner intentionally [...]

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Andrew Caulfield: Legatissimo

In these politically correct days, I occasionally notice an accusatory look in my children’s eyes which translates as “you can’t say that anymore.” For example it had escaped my attention that the word actress is apparently now widely considered offensive. If you’ll allow me a small digression, the all-encompassing use of the word “actor” was [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Rachel’s Valentina

To the unbridled joy of Rachel Alexandra’s countless admirers, the 2009 Horse of the Year appears to be making an ideal start to her broodmare career. Each of her first two foals–the Curlin colt Jess’s Dream and the Bernardini filly Rachel’s Valentina–were named a ‘TDN Rising Stars’ during the Saratoga meet in August. And now [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Keen Ice

Excuse me for dipping into my own back catalogue again, but something I wrote in early-February for Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder has some relevance to the thrilling events in the GI Travers S.: “It has long been said that England and America are two countries divided by a common language,” I wrote. “More recently the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Beholder

It was another of those weeks where the action on both sides of the Atlantic threw up some highly noteworthy action. For example, there was another hard-fought round in the battle currently being staged by Galileo and Dubawi, the two heavyweights of European breeding. Dubawi appeared to have landed a near knock-out blow in the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Highland Reel

There were enough notable performances last week to make it difficult to choose just one stallion to write about. In the U.S., the week belonged to Smart Strike, the two-time champion sire who proved such an asset to Lane’s End prior to his demise at the age of 23 in March. Although Smart Strike’s stakes [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Air Force Blue

When Air Force Blue (War Front) quickened impressively to take the Keeneland Phoenix S., this son of War Front provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with his 14th winner of this Group 1 contest in the space of only 18 years. With a sample of this size, it is inevitable that not all of the previous 13 [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Amazing Maria

Thinking of buying a filly at the forthcoming yearling sales? Well you could do worse than consider giving her a name containing Maria. During the current decade we have seen Awesome Maria become a multiple graded winner, with the GI Ogden Phipps H. among her successes; we’ve seen Maria Royal take the G2 Prix de [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Postponed (Ire)

Forget the Year of the Sheep, 2015 is rapidly developing into the year of a 15-3-hands Thoroughbred stallion named Dubawi. With 14 Group winners in the Northern Hemisphere he is four ahead of the normally indomitable Galileo, and with seven Group 1 winners he is no fewer than six ahead of Galileo. Dubawi’s sensational Group [...]

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