One of the arguments that crops up every year is the relative value of an unraced broodmare over a top class racemare. Much of this argument boils down to personal preference, and a single example used here and there. Anyone with a slight interest in racing can pull out any example to fit a theory, and here are a couple that fit each of these extremes.

The most famous unraced broodmare in Australia at the moment is the recently deceased Helsinge (Desert Sun – Scandinavia, by Snippets) who is the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

A champion racemare who made the news this season is the South African Horse of the Year National Colour (National Assembly – Rainbow Cake, by Mr Eats), whose two foals Rafeef (AUS) and Mustaqeem (AUS) won Gr.1 races on the same race card (6 May 2017 at Turffontein). National Assembly won three Gr.1 races, and eight races overall, from a career that spanned from her two year-old season to her six year-old season.