From Frank Mitchell
This post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
The runaway victory by Novellist in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday carries several points of importance for breeding and racing. First, German breeders and their bloodstock are hitting the brass ring of premium international success at a far higher rate than their opponents, rather in the fashion of the Dormello Stud operation of Federico Tesio and Mario Incisa, breeders of Nearco and Ribot, the best among many high-class racers.
There is no single reason why this should be so. The breeders in Germany do not spend outlandish sums for bloodstock, nor do they have the sought-after bloodlines to work with. This makes their results all the more impressive and perhaps instructive to the rest of the bloodstock world.
One explanation for the ascendency of breeders in Germany and their bloodstock came in a conversation…
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