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WHEN a dog runs 29.28 around Sandown as Linden Magpie did recently, it's time to take a look at the make-up of its pedigree.
Linden Magpie is by Where's Pedro-Avon Lyla May the dam being a daughter of Elgrando. He has now raced 33 times for 14 wins and 10 placings.
He can run, and run very fast.
Before that 29.28 win, Linden Magpie had reeled off 29.45 and 29.58 wins at Sandown. He has won seven of his past 12 starts.
Even a brief look at the dog's pedigree will show he is intensely line bred and also bred on a cross that has worked to previously produce a champion.
You'll all remember El Grand Senor, the son of Where's Pedro and Laurels runner-up Elgrando Gold, who was Australian greyhound of the year after a swag of Group 1 wins and track records. He is now at stud.
El Grand Senor is by Where's Pedro from a Elgrando bitch.
Linden Magpie is by Where's Pedro from a Elgrando bitch.
This is particularly interesting because Elgrando has My Madigan as his dam and she is a DAUGHTER of Gun Law Osti who just happens to be the grandsire of Where's Pedro.
Gun Law Osti is line bred and sex balanced in the pedigree of both El Grand Senor and Linden Magic 3x4. The position of Gun Law Osti in Elgrando is particularly conducive to producing a quality male.
The intensity in the link between Where's Pedro and Elgrando bitches is not necessarily simply because of the duplication and balance of Gun Law Osti.
Take particular notice of the position of Paris Match in the damline of Where's Pedro. Paris Match, of course, is the genetic sister to Gun Law Osti.
But there is much more intensity in Linden Magpie than just the multiple crosses of Gun Law Osti and Paris Match.
That's because his second dam Avon Joy is a daughter of Cry Havoc (Head Honcho-Wee Sal).
Of course, we must remember that Where's Pedro is a son of Brett Lee who is out of Sobbing Sal a half sister to Cry Havoc.
In the pedigree of Linden Magpie, not only does he have that saturation of Gun Law Osti and Paris Match, he also brings in a 3x3 cross of Sobbing Sal and her half brother Cry Havoc.
Linden Magpie's sire and dam Where's Pedro and Avon Lyla May are bred almost identically but with some subtle balances.
When researching a pedigree like that of Linden Magpie, I always like to look further than just the "on the page" make-up that goes to produce a very fast dog like this.
I didn't have to look far to find even more fascinating aspects to it.
Take for instance Linden Magpie's second dam Avon Joy (Cry Havoc-Ella's Joy by Walkabout Sid).
Avon Joy was a speedster, not able to run much past 400m. Her saturated pedigree, very closely in-bred to speed lines, was always going to restrict her to short courses.
But she won plenty of races and with such close-up line breeding she certainly proved herself worthy of being bred with. She hasn't let anyone down.
Avon Joy's pedigree shows a 3x3 cross of Walkabout Sid at the top and bottom of the pedigree.
This is an interesting position within her make-up.
Many great gallopers have been bred on this theme.
Such greats as Token Prince (3x3 at the top and bottom of his pedigree to Waverly Supreme), Worth Doing (3x3 to Temlee) and Gun Law Osti (3x3 to Temlee) all have a dominant stud dog at the top and bottom of their third line.
But Avon Joy also has a 3x3 cross of the litter sisters and champion producers I'm Blessed and Wanzel, one coming via a daughter, the other via a son and in a position to greatly impact upon the resultant offspring Avon Joy.
Such intense in-breeding MUST give Avon Joy all the best attributes of the ancestors to which she is in-bred, meaning the great producing sisters I'm Blessed and Wanzel.
The trick with breeding Avon Joy was to allow her to pass on these attributes.
Put to Elgrando, she produced Avon Lyla May the runner-up to Cromlah Bale in a Traralgon Cup, and third placegetter behind Magnificent Love and Vapour Whirl in a Warragul Cup final. She was also a multiple city winner and feature race victor.
Avon Joy did exactly what she was bred to do carry the best genes of her ancestors on to her progeny.
Not all in-bred bitches can do this, or are given the chance to do it.
Elgrando was a pretty moderate sire at stud. His influence in pedigrees of today comes from having Gun Law Osti as his damsire and thus able to impact any matings Elgrando daughters have.
In an earlier litter to Nobody's Fool, Avon Joy produced the very fast Farm Glory a Traralgon track record breaker.
Linden Magpie's fifth dam Flying Diamond was line bred 3x3 to Lady's Crown a half sister to champion Ragsie and Del Bairn. They were out of Hobart Thousand winner Fairbairn Lady.
This is a damline that produces great soundness. Linden Magpie has littermates that can run very fast as well.
It didn't surprise me one bit that they could.
Such intensity in this pedigree for the sisters of Linden Magpie could soon need an outcross to let some hybrid vigor back in.
It doesn't have to be a total outcross though.
It will be interesting to see which way the owners of Linden Magpie's sisters go when it comes time to breed them.

THE tragic circumstances surrounding this week's Group 1 Adelaide Cup final should not take anything away from what is always a quality race.
Big Black Mac was tragically killed in a car accident on the way home from Adelaide to Lara.
Potential greyhound breeders can always do well to study the pedigrees of Group 1 finals to try to see just what goes into making a quality race dog.
You don't get into a Group 1 without having great ability much better than the norm.
With that in mind, let's have a look at what makes up the pedigrees of the finalists.
(Bartrim Bale-Amelia Bale)
I have looked deeply into the pedigree of Heston, Bekim, Irma and Fyna Bale in September last year when Heston and Bekim were breaking records just as they started racing.
Suffice to say, it appears an outcross but there is considerable line breeding and some very interesting brother and sister links albeit back in the pedigree.
(Bombastic Shiraz-Call Me Donna)
A very nice race dog who has both sire and dam line bred to the litter brothers Malawi and Buka Sunset.
Call Me Donna is a daughter of Go Wild Teddy and his bitches have done particularly well when mated to Bombastic.
This brings in a double of that great speed influence Malawi's Prince in a special position to be able to greatly impact upon the resultant offspring.
Anyone who reads this column will by now know I like to delve back into what makes a good race dog tick.
I couldn't help but notice in the damline of Andrew's Courage that he has a bitch called Amber's Choice (Pop Gun-Livia Lady).
What I particularly like about her pedigree is that she is line bred 2x3 to Chief Dingaan and his sister Zimbabwe.
Take a close look at the pedigree of Little Denver and his litter sister National Dingaan. They too are heavily in-bred to Chief Dingaan and Zimbabwe.
National Dingaan, of course, is along the tail female line of champion Betty's Angel.
So what, you say!
Well Zimbabwe, if you don't know by now, is the fifth dam of Bombastic Shiraz (and also along the tail female line of Kilty Lad).
So, Andrew's Courage is not only bred on both side of his pedigree to similarly bred sire and dam, but he also has a reinforcement of the famous Zulu Moss family, one that does particularly well when it meets up with itself.
(Surf Lorian-Domaaf)
Astute followers of breeding should by now know that duplicating West Cape in the offspring of Surf Lorian is often a recipe for success.
However, I don't see it done anywhere near enough. Maybe some breeders are not as astute as we could hope.
Stars bred on this cross include Blue Lorian, Seek And Destroy and Velocity Regina all Group winners and superstars on the racetrack.
Coal King, and his litter sister Miss Cody, are also bred on this cross 3x4 via a daughter and a son of West Cape.
Domaaf also carries a valuable DAUGHTER of Brother Fox to balance all those son strains in Surf Lorian.
Miss Cody, a top grade Albion Park sprinter for Travis and Hope Elson, has just been mated to Bekim Bale.
(Big Daddy Cool-Hot Zepha)
His dam Hot Zepha was a better than handy city winner and is line bred to Chariot's Desire and her brother Shining Chariot.
Putting her to Big Daddy Cool brought in a significant cross of Bowetzel the half brother of Shining Light the dam of both Chariot's Desire and Shining Chariot.
But one of the strongest crosses in this pedigree is the 3x4 to New Tears. He is a dominant ancestor in the pedigree of Big Daddy Cool.
Prank Call's damline is that of Australian Cup winner Zara Zulu and also boasts Rookie Rebel winner Jamazz.
(Bombastic Shiraz-Phiona)
The litter brothers, but tragically Big Black Mac will not take his place in the final.
You will remember that the pedigree of Andrew's Courage, drawn box two for the Cup final, traced to a bitch called Amber's Choice.
This bitch is the second dam of Phantom Fire who is significantly the damsire of both Call Me Donna (dam of Andrew's Courage) and Phiona (dam of Spud and Mac).
Again, the fact all three dogs are by Bombastic Shiraz brings in the reinforcement of the Zulu Moss family.
There are many balances in this pedigree, Eaglehawk Star, Chariot Supreme, Tangaloa etc.
There is also a double to famous broodbitch Waroo Lass.
The dam Phiona has been a very good producer with her son Banger Harvey (by Pure Octane) a Golden Easter Egg finalist.
(Nitro Burst-Proven Cobalt)
The Cranbourne Puppy Classic winner he has done much in a short time.
His sire Nitro Burst is line bred to Zulu Moss. His dam carries a cross of Zulu Moss' sister Riviera Moss via Awesome Assassin.
There is a "speed" double of Malawi's Prince 4x4 the great dog coming via a strong position in Proven Cobalt the dam of Proven Nitro.
Hotshot, damsire of Nitro Burst, and Tranquil Flame, dam of Awesome Assassin, are bred on similar lines but provide a "balance" for each other.
I particularly like this dog's family because it traces directly to Oddsome (granddaughter of the Wheeler foundation bitch Gail's Beauty). Oddsome is bred on a very similar cross to Pitstock Park the famous dam of Brother Fox and Acacia Park.
Proven Nitro's dam Proven Cobalt has no fewer than five crosses of Pitstock Park in her make-up.
(Westmead Hawk-Que Sera Sera)
By the dual English Derby winner Westmead Hawk out of the Group 1 Sandown Sapphire Classic and Group 3 SA Oaks winner Que Sera Sera.
Total outcross? Hardly.
The English import Balligari (Daleys Gold-Westmead Move) is found as the sire of Que Sera Sera's second dam.
Westmead Hawk is heavily line bred to the great broodbitch Westmead Satin. But he also carries a cross of a bitch called Westmead Fairy a half sister to Balligari.
There is also a cross of Skelligs Tiger in the damline of Westmead Hawk. Tiger is a genetic brother to Daleys Gold the sire of Balligari.
Outcross? Hardly