Genetics and the Thoroughbred

The “speed gene”, launched by Equinome earlier this year was to be on reflection just the tip of the iceberg as it didn’t really differentiate between good and bad, rather it just told you what distance your horse was going to be best at. One of these latest studies confirms the MSTN (myostatin) gene (also known as the “speed gene”) as an important one for distance in the thoroughbred while another two start to look at separating out the elites from the average

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