Zardana upset of Rachel showcases Sadler’s Wells in USA

4 thoughts on “Zardana upset of Rachel showcases Sadler’s Wells in USA”

  1. Very interesting, as always, Mr. F, particularly in light of your previous post on Int’l racing and grading of stakes, etc. Just proves the benefits of broadening our bloodline horizons.

  2. Interestingly this mare is the reverse cross of the Golden Slipper (Gr I)winner Phelan Ready. Using different types of horses (both More Than Ready and Scenic would have to be considered speedier influences) has resulted in a different horse.

  3. Not only different types, but different cultures. Aussies want fast 2-year-olds, and the Golden Slipper is a target. Phelan Ready was geared to it and duly won, though he didn’t have a career as an older horse. Zardana is from Brazil, which has a tradition of developing horses for longer races. The culture is not to push early, which is one reason Zardana is around now.

    Cultural context in pedigree analysis is sorely missing these days.

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