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Tony Byles
Racehorse photographer and author of 'In Search of Running Rein - The Amazing Fraud of the 1844 Derby', and 101 Interesting Facts on the History of Horseracing.
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Tony Byles Aug 5
Nicobar won the Sandown Mile and the Premio Carlo Vittadini. The Goodwood Stakes now seems to be called the Goodwood Handicap. It certainly used to be a great race; I remember Golden Fire winning it in the early sixties, trained by Doug Marks.
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Tony Byles Aug 5
Quite surprising that his dam, Set Free, who had an undistinguished racing career, bred a St. Leger winner and two Oaks winners, one of them, Juliette Marny, also winning the Irish Oaks.
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Tony Byles Aug 5
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Tony Byles Aug 4
Replying to @cmoreton99
Grey od Falloden winning the Henry II Stakes from Fighting Charlie and Ulster Prince. Note the heavy concrete posts to support the running rail, which were thankfully done away with, in the interest of safety.
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Tony Byles Aug 4
A ragged start to the1965 Henry IIStakes : Autre Prince, Grey of Falloden, Fighting Charlie (twice winner of the Ascot Gold Cup) and Ulster Prince....
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Tony Byles Aug 2
I know many hold this view, Richard, but unfortunately it has no science to back it up. In the fifth generation there are 32 contributors, although maybe not 32 different ones. Some will provide good genes and some bad; and at each mating it is likely to be different.
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Tony Byles Aug 2
Chevalier Ginistrelli obviously had the same idea in the case of Signorinetta.
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Tony Byles Aug 2
My personal belief - but I would not claim any expertise, as I am not a scientist - is that racecourse performance of the parents and the the performance of their offspring should be the first consideration. I believe modern geneticists consider at most the first two generations.
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Tony Byles Aug 2
For anyone who comes back from a photography trip, with 200 photographs and thinks they are a good photographer, would do well to heed the advice of top photographer, David Yarrow.
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Tony Byles Aug 2
I'm not sure he would have any great influence, Martin, being so far back in their pedigrees. Would be interested in the views of on this. Certainly interesting from a historical viewpoint.
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Tony Byles Aug 2
That's a hell of a ride George...137.5 miles in 7 hours, equals almost 20 mph. That looks something like Bridgnorth, Wolverhampton, Brownhills, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Redditch, Droitwich, Worcester, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, and maybe even a bit more.
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Tony Byles Aug 1
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Tony Byles Jul 31
Replying to @Perf_Genetics
Absolutely agree.
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Tony Byles Jul 31
Some may consider it surprising that ballistic Battaash is a direct descendant of the legendary stayer, Alice Hawthorn, winner of the Chester Cup, Goodwood Cup, Queen's vase and twice a winner of the Doncaster Cup. Another antecedent is 1907 Oaks winner, Glass Doll.
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Tony Byles Jul 31
Replying to @Richx183 @cmoreton99
Thanks for posting, Richard. I'd not heard this tragic story. It was surprising they managed to save him, in view of the horrendous injury. One can only wonder how good he may have become.
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Tony Byles Jul 29
Replying to @cmoreton99
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Tony Byles Jul 29
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Tony Byles Jul 29
winning jockey on sayyedati was Brett Doyle.
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Tony Byles Jul 29
Sad to hear that Defoe has suffered a fatal injury on the gallops this morning. Here winning the Coronation Cup last year.
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Tony Byles Jul 29
....This family seems to have a habit of throwing up some big winners: Rheingold and Helissio, (Arc), 's Peeress, (Lockinge), Reference Point, (Derby), and Drosselmeyer, (Breeders' Cup Classic).
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