Duncan’s breeding formula hits the mark

Breeding is an inexact science, but tried-and-tested patterns give all breeders hope.

Neville Duncan, one of the most meticulous and successful breeders in WA, knows a thing or two about bloodlines that consistently produce winners.

The latest result from one of Duncan’s successful formulas will be on offer at next week’s Magic Millions Perth yearling sale.

“I’ve put four mares from the same family to descendants of Sadler’s Wells for four stakeswinners,” Duncan said.

“The foals were Marasco, Grand Nirvana, Siesta Bay and La Sirenuse.”

That success led to Duncan sending Marasco’s half-sister, Marascobel, to Universal Ruler.

The result was a chestnut colt, catalogued as lot 41 from the draft of Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud.

Universal Ruler is a descendant of champion European sire Sadler’s Wells. Duncan invested plenty in breeding Marascobel, a daughter of O’Reilly who was conceived in New Zealand.

But she was forced into retirement without starting in a race when a knee operation went horribly wrong.

“She had a couple of screws put in her knee and it blew her knee out,” Duncan said.

Duncan said the yearling colt reminded him of Marasco, who sits high on Oakland Park’s honour roll after a decorated career featuring more than $1.74 million in prize money.

“He’s built in the Marasco mould,” Duncan said. “He’s an early-running type, a bit laid-back and a good type of horse.”

Oakland Park’s Medaglia D’Oro yearling filly out of Champagne Amore, catalogued as lot 258, fits the same breeding formula. Medaglia D’Oro is a descendant of Sadler’s Wells and Champagne Amore is also a half-sister to Marasco.

Jay Rooney

West Australian Newspaper

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