a wide range of DNA-based analyses, databases and reports to suit different
objectives. Our services are based on direct DNA assessments of horses and/or
database-derived information and are applicable internationally.
The services have universal appeal to: racehorse
breeders, owners and trainers; bloodstock agents; ‘pin-hookers’; racing data
processing organizations. We have single horse assessments but also provide
larger scale products.
We realise that clients
will want to discuss their requirements and for this reason, we do not have a
standard sample submission form or order form. We ask that prospective clients
contact us directly so that we may tailor our service to suit their needs.
With regard to breeding and racing, prices need to
be realistic in the current economic environment. Our most detailed assessments
including multiple DNA analyses with report and back-up are capped at a highly
competitive GBP380 per animal.
EQProfile – Universal equine genetic profiling
We provide a series of
DNA tests and genetic data that we combine in one package. These help to
co-ordinate or identify genetic combinations in a horse that
contribute to common speed, stamina and precocity objectives.
That is, they help to produce or select horses that are more of a complete,
targeted and uniform ‘package’ and reduce uncertainty and genetic
variability. These assessments
Assessment of respiratory/energy release genes:
These genes are part of three respiratory energy-release complexes. Strong
stamina and speed correlations exist with the varying combinations carried by
· Determination of heterozygosity and
homozygosity: Inbreeding is the best way of fixing
consistent useful genetic characteristics but only if you can avoid duplication
of the less desirable ones. Using DNA markers we have been able to determine
that there is an optimum amount of gene duplication that occurs in the best
performers. We believe that inbreeding is beneficial but only when applied under
the right circumstances. Through use of DNA assessment we can obtain a clearer
picture of how close this can be carried out and whether it should be avoided or
Using a large number of non-specific DNA markers we can graphically cluster
horses into stamina and speed groups with known animals in our database. This
gives us a better idea of the way in which they should be mated (to reinforce or
adapt their stamina leanings) or raced and the stamina potential of the progeny
they might produce.
There are 3 products
based on the EQProfile for which there are individual set fees and to which
discounts apply for multiple orders:
Application of the above tests and databases
give us useful indications of which stallions are better used with specific
mares and also of the likely effect on the stamina of the progeny. This product
includes: application of our suite of DNA assessments and databases; a list of
appropriate stallions and associated scores; a report explaining the findings;
Fee: £380 GBP
Our tests and databases
also provide pointers as to the types of mares that will support specific
stallions to greater effect. This product includes: application of our suite of
DNA assessments and databases; a breakdown of the preferred types of mare; a
report explaining the findings; concluding advice.
Fee: £380 GBP
The assessments described above can also be used
to help determine the racing suitability of horses in training or young stock.
We can gain an insight into their potential speed, stamina and best racing
distance and advise owners, breeders and sales people accordingly. This
product includes: application of our suite of DNA assessments and databases; a
report explaining the findings; relevant advice, as requested.
Fee: £280 GBP
Our research into the DNA status of thousands of
horses has generated huge amounts of data and allowed us unique insights into
the genetic structure of the Thoroughbred population. This has enabled us to
make observations about how important performance genes are transmitted and to
identify prominent genetic patterns relating to performance within the
population. Consequently, we have a wealth of data that can be applied to
improve selection and identification of horses without the need to employ DNA
assessments. This may not be as encompassing as when DNA analysis is also used
but has beneficial application in areas where it may not be possible to apply
DNA analysis, for instance at the sales or in situations where mass racing form
or performance data are required.
Using similar database information relating to
inbreeding, respiratory genes and patterns of genetic complementation as those
employed in the EQProfile analyses (excluding DNA tests), we can provide advice
on breeding and racing suitability of horses at the sales and on the racecourse.
A database assessment of a single horse or group of horses is provided in the
form of a score and explanatory table.
… Fee: £55 GBP
non-confidential genetic data to ancillary racing businesses, for instance
racing form and data processing organizations, for inclusion into their
databases. We can supply existing data or we can tailor new datasets to suit.
Because requirements and volumes vary, we are not able to provide a standard fee
but request that interested parties contact us directly.
SERVICES CONTRACTS (PSCs)
There are many instances
where owners and breeders have a requirement for a combination of the above
services and analyses. They may need application throughout the year in relation
to breeding, sales and racing animals. In actuality, they have an ongoing
requirement for our services. For these organizations we provide fixed annual
contracts that utilize all our genetic tools when needed. These include:
DNA analyses applied to all horses
Priority access to new data and prototype tests
Priority at busy times of the year
General close liaison with their staff and pedigree advisors
Provision of genetics advice as needed
In essence, we provide
them with their own private laboratory and data source. We are also able to view
our clients’ horses. All clients vary in their needs and we can tailor a
contract accordingly. In all instances, we maintain strict client
PRIVATE AND BESPOKE GENETIC PROJECTS
Successful breeders and owners often have
their own theories about what makes a successful racehorse. Using our own
armoury of tests and databases together with broader genetic analyses we can
help them to develop these theories and use the derived data to improve their
racing and breeding results. We can even develop new tests for the ultimate
exclusive use of a client. In short, we can provide private and tailored
projects to order.
… Fee: Private
STALLION BREEDING PROGRAMS
The tools detailed above also have
application to the optimization of stallion breeding programs. Through
applications of these systems to DNA and data from a stallion, we can help to
prioritise nominations and visiting mares. This service is flexible and can be
provided either in the form of a single recommendation or as an ongoing mare
… Fee: Private
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