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The Australian Racing Board reported that there were 3,875 yearlings sold at auction in the 2011-2012 season. With the high volume of horses on offer, you need a discerning eye to pick a winner.

Around 450 yearlings will go under the hammer at the QTIS 600 sale on the Gold Coast (17-18 March) and we’re seeking an exciting buy for our Adrenaline owners. The anticipation of a yearling purchase cannot be under-estimated. These young horses haven’t been broken in and they exude raw potential. There’s a clear buzz when the bidding begins.

But thorough inspection is required to choose a yearling with athletic ability that’s physiologically sound. How your racehorse is put together – its conformation – counts. We look for balance and symmetry so that undue pressure isn’t placed on your horse’s body. There’s little room for error if you want your horse to be a healthy competitor through the rigours of Australian racing.

Consider, for example, the angle of a horse’s pastern (that’s the sloping part of a horse’s foot between the fetlock and the top of the hoof). If it’s too straight, each time your horse’s hoof strikes the ground, the force sent vertically up its leg will be jarring. Too angled and there will be too much strain on your horse’s tendons.

The slope of the shoulder is another indicator of athletic potential. The angle of your horse’s shoulder blade in relation to the ground gives you an idea of both its length of stride and its shock-absorbing potential. If your horse’s shoulder is too upright, it’s more likely to suffer concussion‑related problems (like splints, bucked shins and joint deterioration).

There’s a satisfying symmetry in racehorse conformation. A horse with an upright shoulder often has straight pasterns. If your thoroughbred has nicely angled pasterns, you might expect to see a well sloped shoulder.

Of course, there are examples of racehorses with compromised conformation that have achieved outstanding success. Australian Racing Hall of Fame thoroughbred Tulloch had a sway back and stood only about 15.2 hands high. And it’s lucky Sir Tristram was bought unseen because his New Zealand connections were shocked by his conformation when he arrived from Ireland. But these are notable exceptions. With the investment of time, hope and heart that goes into owning a racehorse, would you want to take the chance?

Our Esposito at Doomben (20th December)

Our Esposito off to the Coast

“WITH luck, she will be very competitive”, was the way trainer Chris Munce assessed Our Esposito’s prospects at the Sunshine Coast today. Our Esposito (f3, Toorak Toff – She Goes To Rio) will tackle the Noosa Truss QTIS Maiden Handicap (1400m) with Jim Byrne in the saddle. It will be…

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Global Choice at the Doomben barrier trials (6th February)

Global Choice set for debut

Story by Alan Welburn JOCKEY Michael Cahill will extend his association with Adrenaline Thoroughbreds’ baby class of 2018 aboard Global Choice at Doomben on Saturday. Global Choice (f2, Choisir – Global Start) will debut in the Kitchen at Treasury Handicap (1110 metres) and Cahill has the ride, just as he…

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Kingaroy winning at Caloundra - 3rd December 2017

Adrenaline stable update (February 2018)

Archytas (6yo Gelding – Jet Spur x Quality Appeal) Six-year old Archytas is the distinguished older gentleman of the stables and he has had a sea change. Chris’s Sunshine Coast foreman Aiden St Vincent decided the city life wasn’t for him and opened a stable at Coffs Harbour. We thought…

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Why racehorse syndication works (Part 2)

Why racehorse syndication works (Part 2)

Racing is one of Australia’s largest industries. Australia has 381 thoroughbred race clubs, and there are over 4,000 registered trainers. There is no shortage of horses for sale at any given time but the true test is in getting started with a racing team you can trust. At Adrenaline, we…

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