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Time for sex and remembering a pea-growing Silesian monk

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The horseracing community has sex on the brain at the moment. It’s mating season, which means finding ‘coverings’ for the thousands of broodmares that populate the country’s stud farms.


12 Aug 2020
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Time for sex and remembering a pea-growing Silesian monk

Picture for illustration purposes. A field of horses and jockeys during a race. Picture: iStock

Thoroughbred horse sex is way more complicated than the human variety. No slap and tickle as the fancy takes one; it has to be meticulously calculated and should even take cognisance of the musings of a strange 19th century Silesian monk, among other things. It’s about genetics and finding magical combinations of them. Anyone who’s delved into this realm will know how brain-numbingly complex it is. There are many horse-breeding theories, all to do with duplicating desirable qualities of the parents. OK, just the one quality: running bliksem fast. “Family numbers”, “dosages” and “cluster mares” are among the notions to...

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