Stallion and groom at sunset
Stallion and groom at sunset

Stallion and groom at sunset, Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“The biggest single ingredient is luck, I don’t care how much expertise you have, how much experience, how profound the background and knowledge, if you don’t recognise that 50 per cent is in the lap of the gods, then you really don’t understand anything about the business. It’s really a game of percentages, a game of getting many little things working for you. Every little plus gives you a higher probability than someone else has. If you don’t get that mare in foal, you have nothing, zero. But if you have a band of twenty mares and over a five year period you can average 85 per cent of those mares in foal every year instead of 70 per cent then you have that much more of a statistical probability of coming up with an important horse”. John Gaines, Pacemaker

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