Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Mares Matter

Group 1 The Galaxy winner, Sweet Idea (Snitzel x Flidais)  

 

Mares Matter:
As the providers of 50% of the genetic material in any thoroughbred yearling we look to purchase, mares matter!
 
History says every mare in the population has variable probabilities in terms of their ability to produce a Stakes winner or more. From the outset there are three key boxes for mares to tick:
 
1. Broodmare sire - 25% of a pedigree is the genetic material provided by the broodmare sire of the yearling. Having a prepotent sire in the second line of a pedigree strengthens the case for a mare's ability to produce Stakes winners. It should come as no surprise that the leading sires continue on to become our leading broodmares sires as shown in the current Top 5 Australian Broodmare Sires by Earnings = Encosta De Lago, Redoute's Choice, More Than Ready, Fastnet Rock & Zabeel.
 
2. Race Record - simply boiling breeding down to 'breed the best to the best' is amongst the highest probability strategies to produce good racehorses. Buying from mares that could gallop themselves is a nice box to tick.
 
3. Pedigree - buying from a  female family that has proven its ability to pass on traits related to high class athletic performance will also increase your chances of successfully finding talented young racehorses. These are pedigrees littered with big Black Type, and the closer to the top (1st dam) the better.
 
The Three Boxes & Price Tags:
Our rating scale will give an A score to yearlings whose dam's tick all three boxes above. B for mares that tick two boxes, and C for one etc. 
 
Our highest probability of success at the yearling sales would clearly be to just buy all the yearlings that we liked physically, with A rated pedigrees, good crosses, and by our highest rated stallions. There comes a price point however where the price tag for a yearling offsets the increased probability of success. Therefore valuing yearlings and discipline at auction become important considerations which we might touch on in a later content piece, but there are a few other things to consider when evaluating the maternal side of a yearling's pedigree:
 
Age:
A mare's age has a strong bearing on her chances of producing a Stakes winner. For instance mares who are good enough to produce a Stakes winner will usually do this for the first time within their first four foals, and once she has produced one Stakes winner she is your best chance of getting another.  Therefore from a buying front we gain more confidence where we like a physical and the yearling is within the mare's first four foals or is already the sibling of a Stakes winner.
 
Successful Crosses:
A proven cross of genes is another source of confidence when it comes to our buying process. Let's take Snitzel for example. There have been 23 runners produced when he has been crossed over More Than Ready mares. 22 of these runners have won and five of them have won Black Type at a 21% strike rate, including Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, Exhilarates. Snitzel is a champion stallion but it would appear that when crossed over More Than Ready mares, he is even more potent! 
 
Epigenetics:
As mentioned in our stallion piece the environment including Adrian & Gai's training style has a major impact on how an individual's genes are expressed. Therefore some families do better in the Tulloch Lodge system than others, and we try to select for this. Thankfully with 427 Group 1 wins and counting, plenty of thoroughbreds have thrived under the training principles set out by TJ Smith. Dig where you have found gold before they say! Two great examples of families who have thrived under Gai in recent years include:
 
The 'Joy' family (back to Denise's Joy who was trained by TJ) - More Joyous, Sunday Joy, Tuesday Joy, Arlington Road, War etc.
 

More Joyous (More Than Ready x Sunday Joy) 8x Group 1 winner
 

The Shantha's Choice family - Manhattan Rain, Platinum Scissors, Sliding Cube and five individual Group winners by Redoute's Choice (son of Shantha's Choice).
 
As you can see mare analysis is an important piece of the equation in our buying process. Mares really matter!
 
Our 2021 partnerships are designed to help us, help you. If you are interested in jumping into another young horse in 2021, then the themes for each partnership may assist you to focus on where your racing interests lie. What journey would you like us to take you on? You might like to keep all options open too. If you let us know we can put you on our priority list and make sure you are the first to know once the hammer comes down. We will be buying horses at all different price levels for each partnership so don't let this hold you back. We look forward to hearing from you.
 

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