International Appeal

One of the strengths of the TrueNicks rating system is its ability to operate in what is an increasingly international Thoroughbred world. With stallions and mares travelling throughout the world it is sometimes difficult to work out what is the right pedigree match for mares with bloodlines that are found in different parts of the world and not necessarily native to the genetic population of a particular country. With TrueNicks using the vast database of the Jockey Club Information Systems to calculate its ratings, it is able to look at the Thoroughbred in a global fashion and create ratings on horses from around the world.

A good example occurred on the weekend, not in North America but in South Africa. A new superstar looks to have emerged there in the shape of the Robbie Sage-trained Pointing North (SAF), a horse who in four short starts has graduated from a maiden to a grade I winner after a smooth gate to wire victory in the million-Rand SA Cape Guineas (gr. I) on the weekend.

Pointing North, who will most likely end up in Dubai at some stage, is a son of the Danzig stallion Joshua Dancer out of a mare by Model Man (SAF), a locally bred son of the French stallion Elliodor. The TrueNicks rating system was able to calculate this horse based on the success of the sire of the sire (Danzig) and his sons with mares by the broodmare sire Model Man. Interestingly, you will see in the linked pedigree of Pointing North that he is an “A” TrueNicks-rated horse but that his name is not in the list of top runners. This was because the TrueNick report for Pointing North (SAF) was run before the result of the SA Cape Guineas made it into the database. Cream does indeed rise to the top.

View the TrueNicks report: Pointing_North.pdf

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