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the Blood the Soil the Gold

Forewords by one of the greatest ever trainers, the late Bart Cummings AM,
and John Foote.. a world leader in racehorse selection

A book gifted to one of the world’s most recognized thoroughbred breeding authorities, Her Majesty The Queen, by prior approval
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Be sure to explore the highly complimentary TESTIMONIAL section of our website with comments from
great people in the sport of racing, a university professor, media representatives, racing enthusiasts, bushmen and horse lovers in general

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What is EquinaTRACE

is a world-first colour schematic depicting the descending sire lines of the thoroughbred for over 300 years since the period of the main foundation sires.

A knowledge of these connections enriches one’s understanding of the breed more generally, including breeding patterns and strategies

Professional research has revealed that this system has never been used before to depict the strengthening, weakening and branching of the bloodlines of any species, including botanical.

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Two Absorbing forewords by

  • One of the greatest thoroughbred trainers of all time, the late Bart Cummings AM..the only book to which he put his name in recent decades, with the exceptions of his own incredible biographies and
  • One of the world’s most acknowledged bloodstock agents, John Foote, the importing agent to Australia of the family of exceptional world champion, Makybe Diva..the only winner of 3 Melbourne Cups
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    "The title of this far-reaching book, "the Blood the Soil the Gold", says a great deal about the essence of racing and breeding thoroughbreds, and of their history – ancient and modern. The scope of the book will enlighten many people, including the regular participants and fans of racing and breeding."

    The late Bart Cummings AM - 12 times Melbourne Cup winning trainer
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    "Even those who have been in the Industry for many decades, as I have, can become "rusty" in regard to some of the history and background. For this reason I commend this book to the purists as well as to others. 'Whilst readers will discover a definite flow in early chapters, there are other chapters of individual significance"

    John Foote - Director of highly successful bloodstock agency, John Foote Bloodstock Pty Ltd - importer of the Makybe Diva family to Australia
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    The Author

    A life around the thoroughbred culminates a world-first classic

    Tim Gard initially studied Veterinary Science for five years in Sydney in the 1960s-70s, later graduating with Honours in marketing and serving in prominent executive positions in racing and financial services. His deep interest in thoroughbred breeding and racing took him across the world in his early life. One of his treasured memories is that of being hosted by the famous Vincent O'Brien family at Ireland's Coolmore Stud..

    Tim's fascination with genetics, breeding crosses and successful families led him to producing a book that has truly grasped the essence of the thoroughbred. 'It helps to have studied history in order to make something of the future and this particularly applies to the mysteries and disciplines of equine breeding', he says.

    This author's sentiments say it all: 'My whole life has been focused on racing, I hope they have it in heaven.. if I'm welcome up there, because I couldn't live without it!!'. For more information about Tim and to read about the latest thoroughbred news visit Tim's Blog: The Thoroughbred Bible

    The Author

    A life around the thoroughbred culminates a world-first classic

    Tim Gard initially studied Veterinary Science for five years in Sydney in the 1960s-70s, later graduating with Honours in marketing and serving in prominent executive positions in racing and financial services. His deep interest in thoroughbred breeding and racing took him across the world in his early life. One of his treasured memories is that of being hosted by the famous Vincent O'Brien family at Ireland's Coolmore Stud..

    Tim's fascination with genetics, breeding crosses and successful families led him to producing a book that has truly grasped the essence of the thoroughbred. 'It helps to have studied history in order to make something of the future and this particularly applies to the mysteries and disciplines of equine breeding', he says.

    This author's sentiments say it all: 'My whole life has been focused on racing, I hope they have it in heaven.. if I'm welcome up there, because I couldn't live without it!!'. For more information about Tim and to read about the latest thoroughbred news visit Tim's Blog: The Thoroughbred Bible

    REVIEWS

    I've explored your book, I think it's fabulous and would like to take copies to Japan as gifts for some of our company's most valued clients there.

    Des Lawlor

    Your book is an outstanding workpiece for all levels of enjoyment. It is in the top level of works I have read relating to racing or any other sporting books. 'I consider your work will educate old, young and even the unborn for decades into the future

    Vin Lewis


    I could assist you (the author) towards a PhD on the subject as ‘the Blood the Soil the Gold’ provides a substantial basis

    Prof. Wayne Bryden

    A monumental work..If you are at all interested in the development of the horse from ancient times until the present and the history of breeding both overseas and in Australia and New Zealand there is more than enough reading material to keep even the most avid reader happy.
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