It was an absolute privilege when owners the McCully's contacted Premier Pedigrees in the lead up to the 2011 breeding season to ascertain some stallion matches for their Group 1 winning NZ Harness Jewels 2YO Trotting Fillies Final mare Kylie Ree.
Being by Monarchy and from a mare that was predominantly pacing bred ( Nerokilo ) was going to be a challenge for even the most devout student of geneology.
Running though the test-matings for Kylie Ree with all the available trotting stallions to New Zealand breeders, it became clearly evident to us that the lightly patronised frozen semen stallion Crazed was her best genetic match.
Full credit must go to the McCully's for trusting our judgment with the resultant filly foal being named She's Allthe Craze who recorded her 8th victory on NZ Cup Day 2020, taking her earnings to $85,793 to date and meaning that she had doubled the number of wins recorded by her more illustrious Group 1 winning mother.
So why did we like the breeding match of Kylie Ree with Crazed?
The simple answer is for two prime reasons.
Firstly, the resultant foal would be bred on a 5x5 reverse-sex cross to Noble Victory.
This would ensure the foal would not only have a desirable breeding core but also be presented with a likely engine room.
Noble Victory was by a World Champion in Victory Song and also out of a World Champion in Emily's Pride. For us, he is an ancestor to be targeted where the opportunity avails.
Noble Victory also set or equalled 12 World Records in his 3YO season alone so is seen as a highly influential forebear.
Our second reason for recommending Crazed was that he equally contributed with Kylie Ree in offering filly factors to the resultant foal if indeed it turned out to be a filly. Luckily it did!
Filly factors are determined via (1) a son and a daughter of an influential mare combined with (2) two daughters of a male influence appearing relatively prominently in a pedigree.
In the case of Crazed's union with Kylie Ree we see linebreeding to the mare Important at 7x5 through her daughter Amalulu ( in Crazed ) and son Noble Gesture ( in Kylie Ree ) with both Amalulu and Noble Gesture being full-sister and brother ( full siblings ), both being by none other than Noble Victory.
Two daughters of a male influence relate to the 5x6 female only double of Bonefish that She's Allthe Craze possesses via Grassbed ( as found in the maternal pedigree of Crazed ) and Valley Victoria ( as found in the paternal pedigree of Kylie Ree ).
Perhaps not the kudos of a Group 1 winner like her mum but She's Allthe Craze does have the distinction of having put twice as many photos on the wall as her illustrious mother.
With a breeding career still beckoning, who knows what this durable mare may still have to offer.
Despite being predominantly pacing bred, Nerokilo raced 40 times only as a trotter for 6 winsand 9 minor placings.
It is a solemn belief of Premier Pedigrees that if a largely pacing bred mare prefers the trotting gait then she should be bred to trotting stallions rather than pacing stallions for best outcomes.
There are other examples out there that readily spring to mind such as Cyclone Vancewho have followed this path with great success.
Premier Pedigrees was born out of Ken Mackay's passion for horse pedigrees to offer a very affordable pedigree matching service and valuable recommendations to new and existing Australian and New Zealand clients for both thoroughbred and standardbred mares.