Sire Ground Preferences

The ground conditions are a key part of any bet that I have. The fact is that some horses don’t like / act on certain types of ground, and will therefore not run to their full potential on ground that doesn’t suit them.

A good way to gauge if a horse will act on a certain type of ground is to look at their breeding. If their sire handled certain types of ground, there is a good chance that their progeny will do as well.

Here is a list of the preferred ground conditions for some main sires that I have compiled over the years:

SOFT GROUND

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Bahamian Bounty

Camelot

Camelot (above) won the 2,000 Guineas, English Derby and the Irish Derby. His progeny tend to prefer softer ground

Dalahkani

Dandy Man

Danehill Dancer

Dark Angel – Handles most ground, but prefers an easier surface

Excelebration

Excellent Art

Fast Company

Galileo

Super sire Galileo (above) has produced some top class horses like Frankel and Nathaniel, and his progeny tend to be best with a bit of give in the ground

Halling

Hellvelyn

Jeremy – Act well on soft (Mud lovers)

Kodiac

Kyllachy

Lope De Vega

Mahler

Mayson

Monsun

No Nay Never

Notnowcato

Passing Glance

Pivotal – Like soft and heavy ground (Revel in the mud)

Pivotal (above) has produced the likes of Farhh, Kyllachy and Brando (all Group 1 winners). His progeny tend to revel in testing conditions

Roderic O’Connor

Saddler Maker

Sea The Stars – Handle soft ground well, and also like good ground

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Sir Percy

Zoffany

GOOD GROUND

Dansili

Dubawi

Dubawi (above) is another super sire who has produced the likes of Night Of Thunder, Postponed, Coronet and Too Darn Hot. His progeny tend to like a good surface

Helmet

King’s Theatre

Oscar

Royal Applause

Sharmadal – Tends to handle most types of ground

Sinndar

FAST GROUND

Cape Cross

Exceed And Excel

Fastnet Rock

Henrythenavigator

New Approach

Oasis Dream

Oasis Dream (above) has produced some top quality sprinters such as Muhaarar and Power. His progeny tend to like quick ground

Ouija Board

Paco Boy – Goes well on quicker ground, hates soft ground

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