Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd., Kent January 22, 2010
GENETICS COMPANY PIONEERS ‘SPEED GENE’ COMBINATION IN RACEHORSES
Thoroughbred Genetics www.thoroughbredgenetics.com
is a UK-based company celebrating, in 2010, its 10th anniversary as
the first company in the world to develop and provide DNA-based,
genetic tests for racehorse performance.
In March 2006, we were
proud to publish the first peer-reviewed scientific paper linking specific
‘speed' and ‘performance’ genes to aspects of racing performance.
Scientific paper in Mitochondrion:
2006 press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/03/prweb362082.htm
This work achieved
coverage in prestigious racing publications, for example, Bloodhorse:
We continue to work
for some of the most successful thoroughbred breeders across the world - in
Europe (including Ireland), USA, Australasia, Japan and the UAE.
We continue to undertake DNA performance testing of the winners of most
of the world’s premier races. Furthermore,
we are continuing to help our clients achieve notable successes in the
breeding, racing and sales spheres.
Our DNA assessments
are based on the observation that the thoroughbred breed is relatively
genetically diverse. This is evidenced by the diversity in physiques,
conformation and performances in the population.
It is, therefore,
impossible that any major performance characteristic, including speed/stamina
balance, is controlled by any single gene. Individual genes may correlate with
a particular trait but they are generally part of a ‘mixture’ where strong
correlations are also found with many other genes.
Certainly, finding or
breeding the desired speed/stamina attributes of a horse is a key to success.
That is why our approach to genetic testing is based on the fact that
stamina/speed components of performance are multifactorial and cannot be
described by single gene assessments. There is likely to be too much trait
overlap between single gene versions.
Our own DNA analyses
of stamina and speed are based on multiple gene marker approaches
incorporating mitochondrial genes and broader chromosomal assessments.
Importantly, using other DNA analyses, we pay particular attention to ensuring
that inbreeding is not adversely increased via selection for specific
genes or combinations.
In our 10-year
experience, clients require detailed, individual reporting on the genetic
performance status for each horse. Using
the information derived from our suite of DNA-based assessments and our
practical horse and racing knowledge, we also liaise and advise our clients on
how to achieve the best possible outcomes for their breeding and racing
We seek to help our
clients produce or select a ‘complete equine package’ that has been
assembled to do a specific racing job and is likely to be genetically adapted
to higher levels of success in a particular niche.
Ltd has a range of DNA-based services and reports to suit different objectives
therefore prices vary. We realise that in these hard financial times, racing
and breeding businesses are stretched like any other. Prices need to be
realistic in this economic environment and our most detailed assessments
including DNA analyses with summary report and back-up are capped at a
competitive GBP380 per animal.
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