Disappearing Sire Lines

The breeding industry in past twenty-five years has seen significant changes in stallion promotion and availability. The resounding success of Coolmore’s super sire Danehill standing in Ireland for the northern breeding season and in Australia for the southern breeding season, kicking open the door to shuttle sires between the northern and southern hemispheres during the nineteen nineties, has led to

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Hyperion

The seventeenth Lord Derby was one of the most successful Thoroughbred breeders in history. His love for the sport began early in his life, taking an active role in his father’s racing and breeding operation. There have been many exceptional horses stemming from the Earl’s breeding program such as Phalaris, Swynford, Chaucer, Fairway, Watling Street, Canterbury Pilgrim, Alycidon, Coronach, Sansovino,

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Mahmoud

Mahmoud was a grey colt by Blenheim II out of Mah Mahal by Gainsborough, bred by the Aga Khan in 1933. His colour comes from his mother’s side of the family as Mah Mahal was a daughter of the “Flying Filly” Mumtaz Mahal, one of the more notable greys in history. Mahmoud won the 1936 Derby in then record time,

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Blenheim II

Blenheim II and his son Mahmoud best typify the aspect of a sire line that achieved more success as sires of broodmares than male line successors, although in the case of Blenheim II he did get good sires who for awhile did continue the line but have now to this day become dormant. Hopefully a revival may emerge. Blenheim II

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St. Simon

In the long and rich history of the Thoroughbred, there are pivotal stallions that became the standard of success by which all others would be judged. These stallions raised the bar so to speak. As generation after generation were born, the names of theses epoch sires were front and centre within the pedigrees of future Thoroughbred champions. St. Simon was

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The Tetrarch

As they say in television “And now for something completely different”. While still a pure Thoroughbred, The Tetrarch became one of the most memorable horses to be ever bred. His coat colour elicited derogatory comments upon his first race course appearance at Newmarket, April 17, 1913. His grey coat was speckled black and white with small hints of lime green

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Phalaris

Every sport in the world can point to one individual that became so successful by doing it differently than others before him, they change the face of the sport and the way in which to be successful in the sport they are part of. Babe Ruth with is prodigious home run hitting prowess changed the way baseball was played. Bobby

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Teddy

Bred in France in 1913 at Haras du Jardy Stud, Teddy was by Ajax – Rondeau by Bay Ronald. His breeder was Edmond Blanc, perhaps the most esteemed French breeder to this point in time. Ajax was by English Triple Crown winner Flying Fox. Ajax himself was a great race horse as he won the French Derby and the Grand

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