CHAM­PI­ONS OF THE MATCHEM AND HEROD SIRE LINES

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Un­for­tu­nately, very few Thor­ough­bred blood­lines other than Eclipse now re­main. They rep­re­sent a pre­cious source of ge­netic di­ver­sity. Matchem breed­ing is use­ful for in­creas­ing bone sub­stance and adding gal­lop­ing power. Herod breed­ing tends to

add height, neu­ro­mus­cu­lar co­or­di­na­tion, and a bet­ter-de­fined, longer shoul­der. Al­most all Amer­i­can-bred Matchem­breds de­scend through Man o’ War, although it is still pos­si­ble to find

brood­mares that trace di­rectly to West Aus­tralian. Ksar is an ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­ual whose sire line fre­quently shows up in Grand Prix jumpers, but there’s no lack of speed in his

pedi­gree, and this line too could add strength and “pleiotropic serendip­ity” to modern flat-track rac­ing. The Te­trarch is an­other re­li­ably fast—and tough—sire line that should be more fre­quently used.

Man o’ War (Matchem line via West Aus­tralian) Ksar (Herod line) The Te­trarch (Herod line)

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