SOMER fascinating pedigree match-ups from the week just gone.
Heading the list has to be G1 Irish Derby finalist Jackslittlething (Droopys Sydney-Limini by Droopys Nidge). The youngster turned two only early in August but here he is going through six rounds of the Derby and making the final.
His pedigree is a fascinating example of bloodline intensity.
It shows a 2x2 of the virtual sister and brother Droopys Laramie (Westmead Hawk-Droopys Sporty) and Droopys Nidge (Westmead Hawk-Droopys Solange).
Droopys Solange is a daughter of Droopys Sporty.
It is a litter that has also produced G1 Juvenile Classic finalist Sword Maestro.
AND, while on the subject of Westmead Hawk, get a look at the pedigree of Saturday night's G3 Topcat Video Cup winner Gypsy Wyong (Westmead Hawk-Dyna Gypsy by KC And All).
Outcross devotees will jump on the fact the pedigree carries the great dual English Derby winner Westmead Hawk and damsire, US great KC And All.
Me, I spotted the 3x4 cross of Smooth Rumble and his half sister Rumble Spirit perfectly positioned to impact upon the resultant offspring .... namely Group winner Gypsy Wyong.
George Dailly bred the bitch.
LAST Thursday night's Sandown 595m winner Venus Light is raced by Helen Ivers and has a pedigree that deserves study, especially after winning in a very fast 33.92.
Venus Light is one of the few offspring by former staying great Space Star whose litter sister Tears Siam has become a broodbitch goldmine with the likes of Tornado Tears, Rippin' Sam and Here's Tears.
The dam, Shiny Bright, is Barcia Bale-Dozen Oysters and a virtual sister to Beast Unleashed a TR breaker and Group winner whose first progeny are just starting to race and show promise.
This also the damline of handy stud dog Bernardo the sire of the classy Aussie Secret.
Venus Light is line bred 3x3 to the littermates Bartrim Bale and Princess Bale a successful cross done more and more in recent times by the Wheeler family i.e. G1 star Qwara Bale.
SO, to Townsville where Matt Heilbronn landed G3 Townsville Cup winner with Dulceria (Zambora Brockie-Cindy Rumble by Cosmic Rumble). The bitch will not be two until late in November.
Matt admits he was under pressure to "get it right" when he bred Dulceria.
The dam Cindy Rumble (Cosmic Rumble-Dulcinea by Primo Uno) was a handy bitch at best but a litter sister to Joyce Rumble who Steve Kavanagh took to Group level. Joyce Rumble, to Fernando Bale, is the mother of Louis Rumble (also a Townsville Cup finalist) and Rumble Ranger both Group class.
Matt should never have doubted himself. The pedigree he put together to produce Dulceria is fabulous.
It duplicates Black Shiraz 4x4, powerfully links 4x4 the litter brothers Trendy Leigh and Brett Lee, and brings in four crosses of Malawi's Prince.
Cindy Rumble is already bred on a 4x3 cross of Sobbing Sal and her half brother Cry Havoc.
If you look at many of the best progeny sired by Zambora Brockie, it is obvious the Trendy Leigh/Brett Lee cross is vitally important.
Matt is already planning a mating to Aston Rupee with Dulceria.
OVER in SA, Greg Board has Spring Agatha heading towards the G3 Oaks final at Angle Park this week.
She is a real "home bred" for Greg who raced both sire Spring Bridge (My Bro Fabio-Tina Lee) and dam Spring Bloom (Spring Gun-Lost With Love).
Combining this pair brought in a 3x4 of the famous half brothers Brett Lee and Big Daddy Cool and strongly placed to impact with each other. It also introduced a 2x2 of Tina Lee and Spring Gun who are bred along the same Bombastic Shiraz/Brett Lee or Big Daddy Cool cross.
Spring Bridge MUST be given his opportunity by broodbitch owners. He was a very, very fast dog on the track and strong.
But it is his pedigree that shows a dominance of the Brett Lee/Bobniak cross via Where's Pedro and his mother Tina Lee. Both are bred this way.
This will allow Spring Bridge to "dominate" many of the broodbitches he mates. Legend thoroughbred stallion Danehill was incestuously in-bred 2x2 to half relations and this allowed him to be dominant.