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Top Sires per ground conditions

Below we have had a look at which are the best and worst sires in Soft and Fast ground, together with the two artificial surfaces which are prevalent in the UK. Namely Polytrack and Fibresand.

For a complete list of the main sires in the UK go to this page Sire Statistics. This also gives a detailed explanation of how the sire stats are worked out. But basically the Going Ratio column is the key one. Red indicates a preference for soft ground, Blue for good or better. The higher the number the more pronounced the going preference is.


Top 5 Fast Ground Sires


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Wolfhound 5% 2% 3% 7% 6% 8% 2.22 9% 4%
Singspiel 6% 8% 6% 12% 14% 26% 2.10 16% 14%
Exceed and Excel 13% 4% 7% 13% 12% 24% 2.01 20% 18%
Street Cry 0% 3% 9% 7% 13% 11% 1.96 27% 9%
Lomitas 7% 8% 8% 10% 14% 28% 1.74 0% 10%

As you would expect a lot of US pedigrees on show for the horses which prefer rattling fast ground.

Top 5 Soft Ground Sires


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Captain Rio 13% 14% 8% 4% 5% 10% 2.27 17% 5%
Intikhab 7% 20% 17% 8% 13% 12% 1.50 9% 14%
Hawk Wing 9% 10% 9% 7% 7% 9% 1.35 13% 10%
Shamardal 22% 16% 20% 13% 13% 14% 1.34 29% 20%
Avonbridge 18% 11% 8% 8% 7% 13% 1.24 12% 8%

Not to many surprises here as Captain Rio is well known for producing horses which love soft ground. Hawk Wing is an interesting one. He made his name by winning the Lockinge by 11 Lengths in testing ground, so it perhaps should come as no surprise that his progeny have a distinct preference for cut in the ground.

Polytrack Sires

Best


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Dubawi 56% 12% 13% 14% 10% 20% 1.00 37% 23%
Exceed and Excel 13% 4% 7% 13% 12% 24% 2.01 20% 18%
Red Ransom 0% 8% 10% 12% 11% 16% 1.55 14% 17%
Haafhd 0% 3% 16% 11% 10% 10% 1.14 16% 17%
Dalakhani 12% 18% 18% 18% 28% 25% 1.36 25% 16%


Worst


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Wolfhound 5% 2% 3% 7% 6% 8% 2.22 9% 4%
Captain Rio 13% 14% 8% 4% 5% 10% 2.27 17% 5%
Barathea 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 10% 1.03 13% 7%
Diktat 9% 9% 8% 8% 6% 10% 1.22 14% 7%
Observatory 8% 11% 7% 11% 9% 4% 1.11 1% 8%

Interestingly a lot of the worst performing sires on Polytrack also appear in the list of horses whose progeny prefer soft ground. It may be a generalisation but it there does appear some truth in the statement that Polytrack equates to fast turf and Fibresand equates to soft turf.

Fibresand Sires

Best


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Dynaformer 9% 14% 19% 14% 20% 7% 1.02 38% 13%
Dubawi 56% 12% 13% 14% 10% 20% 1.00 37% 23%
Shamardal 22% 16% 20% 13% 13% 14% 1.34 29% 20%
Street Cry 0% 3% 9% 7% 13% 11% 1.96 27% 9%
Giants Causeway 14% 9% 7% 14% 14% 19% 1.60 24% 10%


Worst


Name Heavy Soft G/S Good G/F Firm Going Ratio Fibresand Polytrack
Lomitas 7% 8% 8% 10% 14% 28% 1.74 0% 10%
Sinndar 9% 6% 11% 9% 14% 32% 1.57 0% 8%
Observatory 8% 11% 7% 11% 9% 4% 1.11 1% 8%
Danehill Dancer 17% 13% 11% 11% 11% 17% 1.14 5% 11%
Aussie Rules 8% 14% 10% 6% 14% 0% 1.19 6% 9%

Not surprisingly the top sires on Fibresand are dirt bred mostly US horses.