Australian Bloodhorse Review, 2006, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First
“Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World” a milestone publication of 1000 pages, which has been over 10 years in the making. It gives an insight into breeding like never before, covering the major thoroughbred breeding countries of the world over the past century with a comprehensive profile of the most successful sires - their sire sons, grandsons and principal winners produced by their daughters. What makes a champion stallion? To know with any certainty is virtually impossible – but perhaps the answer lies within these pages as to the reason why the likes of Northern Dancer, Hyperion, Danehill and Saddler’s Wells became champion stallions, consistently leaving superior sons and daughters while others failed to do so. ‘Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World’ is a highlight of 25 years of publishing for the ‘Australian Bloodhorse Review’. It is a work on a massive scale, chronicling the achievements of the greatest thoroughbred sires whose careers broadly spanned the 20th century. The monthly ‘Australian Bloodhorse Review’ publication was founded in 1982 and it is the recognised industry standard in recording all matters relating to the thoroughbred breeding industry in Australia. Its subsidiary publication, the ‘Stallions’ sires register was established seven years later and it also leads the way in its field being the most widely accepted chronicle of the sires of the season each year. “Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World” contains 205 sires from the world’s major racing nations, featured in the ‘Stallions’ format, which is widely accepted in the racing industry. Each horse has at least two pages allotted, with an essay on each by an internationally recognised authority. Some of the more influential stallions, such as Hyperion and Northern Dancer have additional pages in order to do justice to all their important descendants.There is also an authoritative essay on each horse to bring the story to life. The book is generously illustrated throughout with high quality colour and mono photographs, many of them rare. ‘Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World’ evolved from that annual publication. While ‘Stallions’ features Australian-based sires, editor Jennifer Churchill also carried an historical section about influential sires of the world – it proved to be the ‘acorn’ that grew into this massive ‘oak tree’ of a publication – almost 1,000 pages recording the deeds of the champion sires over the past 100 years from Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, North America, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This publication brings together, in the same modern format, in-depth details of the pedigrees of those champion 205 sires, detailing their racetrack and stud careers, also listing their most successful sire sons and descendants. The selection criteria was fairly flexible but it was based on the fact that each stallion was a champion sire in his respective country or that he was a champion sire of broodmares, and/or left sire sons of extreme influence on thoroughbred breeding. A starting point for selection was horses covered by Dr. Francesco Varola’s “chefs-de-race” dosage lists, which was later expanded by Lt. Col. J. Vuillier, Dr Steve Roman and Jack Werk, etal. Then a team of international experts was consulted in refining the list before our editor Jennifer Churchill finalised it, with emphasis being placed on the lasting influence of the stallions in respective countries. Jennifer Churchill had suggested ‘Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World’ over 10 years ago. Initially planning coverage of 140 stallions in a 500-page book with eight authors. The main people involved, to that stage, were publisher Andrew Reichard and Jennifer Churchill, then some five years later, the idea gained some real impetus when enthusiast Byron Rogers (formerly of Arrowfield Stud in Australia, now with Taylor Made in USA) heard of the concept. He brought some extra IT skills to the mix, and more international contacts. However the book continued to expand as more horses around the world met the selection criteria, with a result that 205 stallions, from 11 countries were finally selected, which required 1000 pages and a total of 57 writers from various parts of the world. - THoroughbred News - 2006 There are a few small marks on some pages that do not detract from legibility. Size: 180mm - 250mm. Remnants of old price label on rear cover. DJ has some shelf-wear, as well as some bumping to corners & extremities.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Animals & Birds. ISBN: 0958619972. ISBN/EAN: 9780958619974. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 19734.