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UK Owner Laments Breeding Speed Obsession

Monday, 29th June 2020

One of England's highest profile owners, Bjorn Nielsen, has gone public with his thoughts on the industry's ill-judged – in his opinion – obsession with breeding speed to speed. According to racingpost.com, the owner of champion stayer Stradivarius (hattrick winner of Royal Ascot's Gold Cup) and reigning Epsom Derby favourite English King, acknowledges that "every pedigree needs speed but we have perhaps come to a pass where we breed speed to speed too much." Nielsen, clearly an acolyte of Federico Tesio, quoted the famous breeder: "We are striving to find the fastest horse who can carry the most weight over the longest distance." Although there may well be merit to Nielson's viewpoint, with The Everest approaching a $15 million purse and Golden Slipper winners commanding a king's ransom at stud, many Australian owners and breeders will shake their heads and think that's a whole lot of humbug.

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