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In-breeding Produces Great Thoroughbreds

Widening the gene pool does not mean abstinence from in-breeding in any era.

In-breeding Produces Great Thoroughbreds

Widening the gene pool does not mean abstinence from in-breeding in any era.

Many great thoroughbreds have been inbred on a pattern considered close at 3x3.

For instance the two great sires Danehill, the US-bred Australian champion a record nine times, and Australian bred Heroic (seven successive title in the 1930s) were bred on these lines.


Danehill is 3x3 to the Native Dancer mare Natalma, the mother of Northern Dancer, and Heroic carried the great English sire Cyllene on the same pattern but not many breeders produce as concentrated as 3x3.

In fact only four of the 176 horses in the 2017 edition of Stallions are bred this way and none are closer.

They are two times champion Australian sire Exceed And Excel (Northern Dancer), Delago Deluxe (the Mr. Prospector mare Rolls), Holy Roman Emperor (Northern Dancer) and newcomer Shalaa (Danzig).

Also only eight of approximately 300 sires entered in Weatherby’s global 2017 Stallions are inbred as close as 3x3.

Three of these are Exceed And Excel, Holy Roman Emperor and Shalaa and two others are the shuttling Rock Of Gibraltar and Lope de Vega.

The others are Albaasil, Danon Chantilly and Morpheus.

Inbred 3x3 to Halo, the Japan based Danon Chantilly is a G1 winning miler by the Sunday Silence sire Fuji Kiseki.

Despite inbreeding 3x3 being rare, the current champion 3YO filly Enable is inbred 3x2 to the most prepotent force in Europe, Sadler’s Wells.

Enable comes from the first crop by Galileo’s European Champion 3YO of 2011and Older Horse in 2012 Nathaniel from Concentric, a Sadler’s Wells Listed winner at 2000m.

Concentric is a sister to Dance Routine, the G2 and G3 winner and French Oaks second who went to the noted Danehill sire Dansili and produced Flintshire. He served his first book of mares in Kentucky this year.

Heading for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Enable has raced seven times for six wins including her last five outings in the Cheshire Oaks, English Oaks, Irish Oaks, Royal Ascot King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth and Yorkshire Oaks.

Trained by John Godsden, Enable is raced by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and was bred at Juddmonte Farms in Newmarket.

1989 Haydock Sprint Cup - Danehill


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