Breeding column – David Brasch

Caption: Wow She’s Fast receives a well-earned pat after winning the inaugural running of The Phoenix at The Meadows last year (Photo: BlueStream Pictures)

By DAVID BRASCH

IN a recent edition of Australian thoroughbred magazine Blue Bloods, I read with interest a few paragraphs by pedigree great Ken McLean.

It said: “Olin Gentry, who planned the matings of four Derby winners, told me one of the secrets to breeding classic runners was to repeat the strongest ancestors with stamina in the dam’s sire.

“He said the stallions’ broodmare sire was a critical guide for success.

“Reinforcing superior ancestors in the middle sections of a pedigree can influence the expression of valuable genes.

“Great breeders have often used this theory with successful results.”

With those words in mind, I went looking for such an example. Million dollar earner Wow She’s Fast (My Bro Fabio-Fair Of Face by Barcia Bale) is the perfect example.

To time of writing, Wow She’s Fast has started just 17 times for 12 wins and earned $1.05 million. Her victories include the Group 1 Sapphire Crown, the inaugural running of The Phoenix, the Group 3 Launching Pad and the Group 3 Speed Star.

She has won at Sandown in a near-record 28.81 to make her the fastest female ever at the track and second fastest of all time behind Ray Borda’s pride and joy Aston Rupee.

The above few paragraphs concentrate on reinforcing the direct damline of Barcia Bale (damsire of Wow She’s Fast) or reinforcing the direct damline of her sire My Bro Fabio.

The 3×4 of litter brothers Where’s Pedro and Hallucinate is a proven recipe among some of the best progeny sired by both My Bro Fabio and Barcia Bale.

In the pedigree of Wow She’s Fast they come in 3×4 in a position of great influence.

This is exactly what those words above suggested.

The litter from which Wow She’s Fast stems includes seven named offspring, six of them have been winners. He’s No Slouch (7 wins, $25,000) can gallop.

The influence of Where’s Pedro and Hallucinate is backed up in this pedigree by their famous half-brother Pure Octane.

Which means Wow She’s Fast is incestuously in-bred 4x5x4 to that most famous of broodbitches Elusive Rebel (Bobniak-Secret Bride).

AFL legend Tony Lockett raced Elusive Rebel, the winner of four of her 11 starts – one at Dapto, two at Richmond and significantly one at Wentworth Park.

Her mother, Secret Bride (Amerigo Man-Spanish City), started 21 times for 13 wins and she was a finalist in the Dapto 100,000 and a multiple Wenty winner.

Next dam, Spanish City (Rapid Supreme-Matthew’s Antic), could gallop and chased home classy Artimbah in a feature race at Dapto in 1990.

This is the direct damline of a bitch called Classy Val (Narod King-Best Val), who also can be found in the direct damline of Go Wild Teddy (sire of Wow She’s Fast’s damsire Barcia Bale).

Her mother Best Val held the Singleton 700 yard track record.

Classy Val traces directly to a bitch called Chief Fluke, who can be found in the direct damline of Malawi’s Prince.

Malawi’s Prince is found twice in the dam of Wow She’s Fast.

As well as having that intensity through the middle of her pedigree (as mentioned above), Wow She’s Fast also is line bred 3×3 to the famous half-relations Primo Uno and Bella Portrait, both of them out of Prima Portrait.

Wow She’s Fast is the perfect example of utilising all Aussie lines.

It is not until her fifth generation that we find outcross influences, Silver Ball and Moral Standards.

So, what should owner Greg Sprod be looking to do with Wow She’s Fast when she eventually retires to stud?

The fact she is a 31.5kg bitch means there is no way she should be mated to a stud dog with great size.

The fact she has THREE crosses of a famous broodbitch, Elusive Rebel, and another two to Prima Portrait, one just as great, says Wow She’s Fast is saturated with dominant broodbitch genes.

If she was mine, I’d already have semen for Fernando Bale to use on her.

Why?

Because he already has a fabulous “nick” with both My Bro Fabio and Barcia Bale.

It would not worry me that her own mother has produced a “handy at best” litter by Fernando Bale.

There are so many proven aspects to this mating it just has to be done.

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