Combining Like Breds
Written by Byron Rogers | Aug 25, 2009 |
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.