Written June 14

A stallion possessing a strongly line bred pedigree, Pluck carries several Blue Hen mares which should respond well to reinforcement in matings.
Pluck’s damsire Fort Wood is a son of FALL ASPEN, who is also known as the ancestress of BIANCONI, DUBAI MILLENNIUM (sire of DUBAWI), CHARNWOOD FOREST (a brother to Fort Wood), HAMAS and TIMBER COUNTRY.

A Halo line stallion, he is made for the female descendants of fellow ALMAHMOUD family member DANEHILL and more lines to his grandsire NORTHERN DANCER. In addition, Pluck’s sire More Than Ready works well with mares creating a duplication of Halo. The Average Earnings Index (AEI) of his progeny inbred to Halo is an exceptionally high 4.60 with a 62% winners to runners rate. Broodmare sires carrying Halo in Australia include DON’T SAY HALO, FUJI KISEKI, MACHIAVELLIAN (sire of STREET CRY and VETTORI), GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, RAHY and SUNDAY SILENCE.

Apart from Danehill, Pluck’s sire More Than Ready has worked well with other DANZIG line broodmare sires, producing Group winners out of mares by LANGFUHR and PINE BLUFF. Mares by AD VALOREM, ANABAA, BELONG TO ME, CHIEF’S CROWN, DESERT SUN, HARD SPUN and PERUGINO (and son TESTA ROSSA) are other examples.

Pluck carries LA TROIENNE family members, More Than Ready, Woodman and Buckpasser. PRIVATE ACCOUNT, BUPERS, FRANCIS S., HOOK MONEY, CORNISH PRINCE, MR. BUSHER, PARDAL, THE AXE II, ARDAN, BIMELECH, NOBLE BIJOU, BELONG TO ME and RHYTHM are other LA TROIENNE family members to see in matings.

Pluck’s damsire Fort Wood is by Sadler’s Wells. Line breeding to his granddam SPECIAL is a very successful technique. Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING and their three quarter brother NUREYEV, are accessible via mares by ENCOSTA DE LAGO, FALBRAV, HELISSIO, PEINTRE CELEBRE, SPINNING WORLD, STARCRAFT and STRAVINSKY, amongst others.

More Than Ready works very well with the MR. PROSPECTOR line. Six of his Gr.1 winners carry this influence through their dams. Mares carrying Mr. Prospector line sires such as BELLOTTO, DISTORTED HUMOR, EL MOXIE, FAPPIANO, FUSAICHI PEGASUS, GEIGER COUNTER, HUSSONET, KINGMAMBO, JADE HUNTER, MISWAKI (and son UMATILLA), RHYTHM, SECRET SAVINGS (and son DASH FOR CASH), STRAIGHT STRIKE, ELUSIVE QUALITY, THUNDER GULCH and UNBRIDLED’S SONG will suit.

Mares carrying Star Kingdom have also worked well with Pluck’s sire More Than Ready. Individuals to look for include BLETCHINGLY, BUREAUCRACY, COVETOUS, HURRICANE SKY, KENNY’S BEST PAL, MARSCAY, TODMAN, SHIFNAL and WEASEL CLAUSE.

New Zealand stalwart SIR TRISTRAM also appears in several stakes winning More Than Ready progeny. Sources of Sir Tristram include KAAPSTAD, LONHRO, MARAUDING, MILITARY PLUME, OCTAGONAL and ZABEEL.

Duplications of War Admiral and Bold Ruler in Pluck’s pedigree will appreciate the presence of Prince John and Eight Thirty in mares’ pedigrees. These four individuals have a recognised affinity. Damsires which offer these include SALIERI, CARNEGIE, BRIEF TRUCE, SUCCESS EXPRESS (and son MOSSMAN), MAGIC ALBERT, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, BROCCO, ROYAL ACADEMY, ZABALETA and IS IT TRUE.

Pluck carries a duplication of First Landing on his fifth remove. This is the family of BLUEBIRD, HILL PRINCE, SPEIGHTSTOWN, MEDAGLIA D’ORO, SILENT SCREEN, DOLPHIN STREET, MUJAHID and HENRYTHENAVIGATOR.



  1. Bill Johnston says:

    Has there been any analysis been done on the duplication of Fall Aspen

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