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Genetic Tests

Plusvital is the world’s leading provider of genetic tests to the Thoroughbred industry. Powered by Equinome’s cutting edge genomic tools, Plusvital provides tests which analyse the DNA of the horse to predict optimum race distance, optimum race surface and performance potential.

Plusvital’s clients include leading trainers, owners and breeders in all of the major thoroughbred regions around the world.

Plusvital’s on-going, multi-million euro genomic and nutrition research program is driven by a commitment to scientific excellence, with an extensive research and development team led by Plusvital’s Chief Scientific Officer Prof. Emmeline Hill.

Genetic Testing

Plusvital’s clients include leading trainers, owners and breeders in all of the major thoroughbred regions around the world, with over 20,000 Thoroughbred horses tested worldwide to date.

Since the discovery of The Speed Gene in 2009 at University College Dublin, Ireland, by Plusvital CSO Prof Emmeline Hill, the company has maintained strong research links with both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, releasing over 40 peer-reviewed papers in partnership with these esteemed academic institutions.

This ongoing research has subsequently led to the development of multiple different genomic tests, analysing over 60,000 genetic markers for each Thoroughbred and providing information related to support breeding, training and race entry decisions.

Speed Gene Test

The Speed Gene Test was launched by Equinome in 2010 and since then has grown to be the most firmly established genetic test for Thoroughbred horses around the globe. This test examines changes in the DNA within the “Myostatin” gene, which is responsible for muscle development and muscle fibre type.

The results of the Speed Gene Test will help trainers to:

  • Optimum race distance
  • Precocity indicator
  • Breeding indicator

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Racing GenePak

Building on any results generated from the Speed Gene Test, the Racing GenePak further refines the predicted optimum race distance to within a couple of furlongs, sub-categorising the Speed Gene types into “Short” or “Long” (e.g. C:T – Short or C:T – Long). The Racing GenePak analyses 50,000 genetic markers to provide an enhanced level of information when combined with the Speed Gene Test.

The results of the Racing GenePak will help you to:

  • High-resolution optimum race distance
  • Precocity indicator
  • Breeding indicator
  • Genomic surface preference

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Premium Pack

The Premium Pack combines all of Plusvital’s cutting-edge genetic tests to provide detailed functional gene information and the most comprehensive genomic assessment currently available for Thoroughbreds, including the Speed Gene Test and the Elite Performance Test.

The results of the Premium Pack will help you to:

  • High-resolution optimum race distance
  • Precocity indicator
  • Elite racehorse potential
  • Elite breeding potential
  • Likelihood to make racetrack
  • Genomic inbreeding level
  • Detailed functional gene information

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