George Washington’s Genes

George Washington filly foal out of Flawlessly (Rainbow Quest)

George Washington filly foal out of Flawlessly (Rainbow Quest)

I was a big fan of George Washington, inmate of Ballydoyle, in 2006/7.  He was the Guineas winner who refused to enter the winner’s enclosure at Newmarket and looked like a classical Greek horse.  Whenever George turned up for a race you could always guarantee glamour and excitement.

There is one filly in the world that carries his genetic inheritance and she passed through the ring (for the second time in her life) yesterday at Tattersalls.  She made 320,000 guineas and was knocked down to owner Julie Wood who is sending her to Richard Hannon.  Ms Wood has been a successful owner, starting with a horse that cost just 2000 guineas and it is nice that the GW filly has gone to a true racing enthusiast 🙂

She was sold for around 280,000 euros last November in Ireland, so she has not increased in value significantly since then.  To some she may look a little heavy through the forehand, by which I mean she has a slope going from back to front which may, or may not, affect her in her racing career.  If she was off to do dressage you might wonder how effectively she would be able to work through her back end, with her balance tending to be thrown forward.  Anyway, she still has some growing to do, although the conformation I have mentioned was evident as a foal, so she may be stuck with it.

Looking a bit like her illustrious Dad yesterday

Looking a bit like her illustrious Dad yesterday

It is nice to see that she has inherited some of her dad’s looks and swagger and I wish her and her connections all the luck in the world on the racecourse, if she gets there.  These owners aren’t breeders but sporting owners which is lovely for us as we will hopefully get to see her, I just hope she keeps safe and sound.
The untimely demise of George Washington, after a failed career at stud apart from this one filly, is always a painful memory for me.  Not only was it tragic (in my view unnecessary as there aren’t many Danehills (his sire) who are effective on dirt), but visually the sight of a horse broken down in the terrible slop at Monmouth Park that day was incredibly distressing and one I can’t forget.  As a fan of racing, I have to accept that there a risks to the horses involved, but that Coolmore expedition was too speculative an endeavour for me to ever forgive.  Maybe some good has come out of his loss though, since then more and more US tracks have converted from the traditional but attritional dirt surface to the kinder, but slower riding, polytracks we have over here.  Once the US addresses the permitted running of horses on drugs and masking agents then we may be able to enjoy the Breeders’ Cup without guilt.
Happily you can enjoy the more glorious days of “Gorgeous George” here.  I hope his genes prove to be brillliant ones.


Posted on October 8, 2009, in Horse racing, News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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