Friend and associate Andrew Reichard, publisher of The Australian Bloodhorse Review, first proposed the idea of publishing the definitive book on modern thoroughbred stallions in the mid-90’s. Ten years later, and in association with Jennifer Churchill and Byron Rogers, Andrew’s dream is now a reality with the publication of his 900-page epic Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World.
Included are 205 thoroughbred stallions from around the world that have shaped the breed during the 20th century and into the 21st century. Not only does the book provide statistical information on each stallion’s race and stud record, but also his broodmare sire stats, plus the stud record of his principal sons and grandsons. Each stallion profile includes a contributory article by one of 50 highly respected authorities from around the world, including yours truly (Mr. Prospector and Storm Cat).
It would be impossible to describe the wealth of information contained in Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World. The horse index alone is 81 pages and lists nearly 60,000 thoroughbreds alphabetically. I would venture to say that if you need information on a black-type horse over the past hundred years, you’ll find his or her name listed here!
For me, the most interesting and informative feature in the book are the stories behind each of these important stallions, with their stories provided by the “Who’s Who” of pedigree authorities from around the world. For example, did you know that Princequillo began his career in a $1,500 claiming race, or that the sale of Halo for $600,000 was canceled when the buyer found out he was a cribber, or that Storm Cat is a Pennsylvania-bred, or that Northern Dancer was the result of a late June cover?
No expense has been spared in its production as its 13.5″ x 9.5″ x 2″ size, nearly 9 lbs in weight, and published in high grade art paper will attest to. Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World is, without question, the ultimate reference book on thoroughbred stallions ever published. No serious breeder’s or stud farm’s library would be complete without it. The cost including shipping is about $286 (A$365) and is, in my opinion, worth every penny. You can order it on-line at www.greatsires.com.au