A newly developed (patent pending) colour-coded schematic providing at-a-glance profiles of thoroughbred bloodlines.
The models presented in the Blood the Soil the Gold involve the inheritance of a particular colour from an individual’s sire. That colour changes to a new colour if and when an individual proves to be a strengthening link in a particular sire chain or line.
This provides for a much easier analysis of bloodline trends, compared with verbal depictions of such trends and breeding patterns.
Extensive research of the marketplace has yielded little in the way of an all-encompassing reference point for the thoroughbred. Many publications focus solely on certain aspects of the breed’s development and proliferation, with varying degrees of success, whereas the Blood the Soil the Gold provides a comprehensive, innovative and up-to-date perspective of the emergence and global spread of the thoroughbred. Its inherent value is only added to by several special interest chapters, including in-depth profiles of the great sires and a tribute to the already legendary Makybe Diva.
The author felt this was a chance to develop an underutilised segment of the marketplace and promote the thoroughbred industry in a new way to both existing and potential markets
Over a year’s worth of exhaustive research concurrent with the production of the book was undertaken to ensure the highest degree of accuracy possible.
Reference was made to dozens of older texts and various internet sites to encapsulate:
- Geographic origins of the thoroughbred (Asia, Africa, Middle East etc.)
- The roles played by monarchies, medieval to present, in the process of selection and herd improvement
- Correlation between the horse as an instrument of warfare and a means of competition involving the blending of speed with endurance
Does the author have exclusive rights to Makybe Diva and why is this the first book to intimately reference her?
No. Various arrangements have been established between Mr. Tony Santic (manager of the family syndicate that owns the mare) and the Victoria Racing Club, covering the promotion of Makybe Diva.
A special arrangement was struck between the author and Mr. Santic to enable the writing and publishing of the mare’s testimonial chapter in the Blood the Soil the Gold.
To our knowledge this is the first publication to include the profile and story of this champion race mare, and with the addition of intimate ‘post-retirement’ paddock photographs taken in May 2006 and the author’s own tribute in the form of a ballad, this chapter can be considered one of the ‘collector’s items’ within the book as a whole.
A true racing man at heart, Tim Gard comes from a legacy of fervent racing genes. Aided by the influence provided by his father, sporting and race commentator Alf Gard, Tim has been involved in thoroughbred racing in some capacity his whole life.
After initially studying for several years to be a vet, he changed tack and worked in key roles for the South Australian Jockey Club, and later the South Australian Totalizator Agency Board (SATAB) as a senior marketing executive. He has also become personally involved in thoroughbred selection, breeding and racing, and currently has shares in two up and coming racehorses.
During the production of the Blood the Soil the Gold many non-purists have had the need or occasion to read the manuscript. To the man they have found the contents to be entertaining and informative, to the extent that many have described it as ‘difficult to put down’. This is thanks largely to a conscious effort to steer away from the stigma of being described as a ‘horse book’, with the aim to provide for the general public as much as the racing tragics.
The book not only tells the story of one of the world’s most high profile and successful commodities, it also illustrates the social and cultural associations between mankind and the thoroughbred over the last two millennia.
If though you are of the breed that considers the smell of turf at 5am akin to an aphrodisiac then you will be well served by the author’s challenging and informative observation on the industry.
Not the least of these is the ground-breaking invention by the author of , which adds huge impact to the presentation of the thoroughbred’s bloodlines and their development and spread over the last 300 years.
This claim by the author is based on the service fees now commanded by the top stallions in the world. The highest fee ( US $0.5 million per service per mare) is earned by Storm Cat in the USA at time of publishing. This theoretically means a stallion of his ilk could potentially earn up to US$200 million per year, if he were to serve in both hemispheres. An income well short of this over a number of years could give him a book value in the vicinity of US$1 billion, even though it may be some time before such a figure is realised.
A portion of proceeds will go to The National Jockeys Trust of Australia, who assist the families of disadvantaged jockeys and those that have lost their lives through participation in the sport. The Trust, formed just a few years ago, will realise income from each book sold in Australia and overseas after sales numbers have reached the break-even point.
This is the author’s means for repaying, in part, a group of sportsmen serving a sport from which he has derived much pleasure and satisfaction throughout his life.