Combining Like Breds

Combining genetic relatives in pedigrees has been for some time a pathway to upgrading pedigrees for stakes success. Many moons ago noted pedigree authority Ken McLean suggested in his book Quest for a Classic Winner that the like bred Nijinsky II, his three quarter brother The Minstrel and Storm Bird, a son of Northern Dancer whose dam is bred on similar lines to the dam of Nijinsky, could be used to upgrade for racetrack success. It has taken some time for this prediction to come to fruition, but more and more in stakes results now we are indeed seeing this combination.

In a similar vein, we feel that there is going to be increasing stakes success where the like bred quartet Miswaki, Seeking the Gold, Mining and Woodman are used in pedigrees. All four of these stallions are sons of Mr. Prospector out of Buckpasser mares. However, just as Nijinsky II seems to combine better with Storm Bird than The Minstrel does with the latter, we feel that more specifically Woodman and Miswaki will be found in more and more stakes winners around the world. The reason? Not only are Woodman and Miswaki by Mr Prospector out of Buckpasser mares but their granddams are out of mares by Nasrullah, creating a further genetic link. That is not to say that we don't see combinations of any of these four like bred horses being used to stakes success we do (we actually feel that Mining and Wavering Monarch may also prove fruitful), but we just feel that the combination of Miswaki and Woodman might prove best.

As far as we can see the Miswaki/Woodman combination first had stakes success with the Californian runner Willow O Wisp, a son of Miswaki's son Misnomer, out of a mare by Woodman. Leading European sire Galileo, who is out of a Miswaki mare, has also had success with a mare carrying Woodman in her pedigree and we note on the weekend the winner of the Perak Derby (gr. I-Mal) in Malaysia was by the Vinery Australia bred Good Nature, a son of Woodman's well bred son Way of Light. Good Nature carries Miswaki as the sire of his second dam.

As we stated earlier, just with Nijinsky II and Storm Bird, it may take some time for pedigrees to evolve where the combination of the like bred quartet of Miswaki, Seeking the Gold, Mining and Woodman can come to the fore, but we have no doubt that it will.

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