The results of the Speed Gene Test will help trainers to:
✓ Determine optimum race distance with over 90% accuracy
✓ Inform expectations on two-year-old performance
✓ Increase strike rates and earnings through optimised training and race decisions
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 Speed Gene test then categorises horses into three distinctive types:
C:C Sprint/Mile Types
C:T Middle Distance Types
T:T Staying Types
The results of the Speed Gene Test will help breeders to:
– Assist in the production of more early-maturing or classic types depending on your preference
– Increase strike rates for wins and earnings
– Increase sales prices and clearance rates by using objective, positive genetic information
Use The Speed Gene Test information when matching mares and stallions to produce more of your desired type on a consistent basis. The mare and stallion each pass on one copy of their genetic marker (i.e. ‘C’ or ’T’) to the foal, with a C:T horse being equally likely to pass on a ‘C’ or ’T’.
Each genetic type has equal potential to be an elite racehorse, but they get there in very different ways:
C:Cs tend to be earlier maturing and are better suited to the shorter two-year-old distances with higher strike rates and earnings at this age.
See how C:C Horses In Training perform by age across each region:
C:Ts are the most versatile type; they can perform well over shorter distances as two-year-olds and then progress to run over middle distances as three-year-olds and beyond. Therefore, this type has the highest earning potential.
See how C:T Horses In Training perform by age across each region:
T:Ts tend to be later maturing and are less suited to two-year-old racing. However, they develop as three-year-olds and have equal lifetime earning potential to C:C types.
See how T:T Horses In Training perform by age across each region:
As part of Plusvital’s Racing GenePak, The Speed Gene Test may also be combined with the more advanced Distance Plus Test, which predicts a horse’s optimum race distance to within a couple of furlongs.
Learn more about Plusvital’s Racing GenePak here
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