A thread I thought I’d add so as to comment on things in the breeding world from time to time. 2yo of the moment is Dark Vision, recently purchased by Godolphin for a considerable return on the 15,000gns paid for this colt as a yearling. On the sire side he is a bit of an anomaly as his sire, Dream Ahead (although tracing back to Darley Arabian like 95%+ of all horses in Europe), comes from a sire-line that includes no Danzig, no Sadler’s Wells and even no Nearco. Dream Ahead was a top 2yo and near enough champion sprinter as a 3yo in 2011. He was also one of the top first season sires of his year. His grand-sire is that good miler Warning, whose sire Known Fact was also a very good miler. This is a sire line that traces back to Man O War, so a rarity on these shores. His distaff side is very much UK bound and tied up with the family of W&R Barnett. The first Barnett horse I can recall was the 1967 Nassau Stakes winner Fair Winter, but a year after (a few coffin-dodgers out there will remember) they had their best colt in High Line. A fairly backward 2yo he came alive as a 3yo to win the Warren Stakes and then the Levin Down Stakes (a precursor to the Predominate Stakes) to become a touted outsider for the Derby. Unfortunately this Derek Candy (father of Henry) trained colt had an injury which made him miss the big race. He was reckoned to have a strong chance in the Leger but was withdrawn at the stalls and ended up having his biggest win in the Jockey Club Cup (a race he was to win 3 times). As a 4yo he proved his superiority over the ’69 Leger winner Intermezzo in a couple of races and was retired to stud at the end of his 5yo career. Today a horse like him would either not go to stud or be used only for NH mares, which would have been a big loss. Barnett wasn’t afraid to use High Line for his own and owned and bred the sire’s best colt in Master Willie (who was out of Fair Winter) and finished 2nd in the Derby and won the Eclipse. However returning to Dark Vision we find that his 5th dam is the Barnett’s Dark Finale. Of no great account she was sent to High Line and produced a reasonable filly called Shore Line (sold by Barnett as a 3yo) who managed a 4th in the Oaks. She in turn became the 4th dam of Dark Vision and the dam of that good racehorse Soviet Line. A full-sister to Shore Line kept by Barnett became the granddam of Barnett’s Pure Grain who was just about the best staying filly of her year winning the Musidora, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks. (High Line was also the sire of the dam of Barnett’s best-ever horse, the filly Time Charter). A daughter of Shore Line was sent to the speedy Rock City and produced a filly called South Rock who was a fairly decent filly and felt worthy of being sent to Dansili. The result was Dark Vision’s dam Black Dahlia who is 4 X 4 inbred to High Line because Dansili’s granddam was by High Line. So very much a Barnett bottom half, with High Line playing a strong role: who says staying sires serve no purpose? Despite there being these stamina influences in his lower half, Dark Vision’s pedigree seems to be saying he’ll be a miler, because despite these influences he’s also got a speedy sire and Rock City in the mix. However although 7-8f looks optimum some staying genes may allow him eventually to stretch to 10f. We’ll see.