As any greyhound breeder knows, the exact science of breeding winners is akin to purchasing a ticket in the lottery.
For decades now, however, astute breeders have been working on theories which have proven successful time after time, and that is that you need a Sire who has a potent dam line and the runs on the board at the elite level.
Keybow's dam line has been a prolific producer of top class winners for many generations and through his Sire line, there is some of the best breeding on offer.
The proof is in the pudding - Keybow's breeding line is full of winners.
Key Exit won 7 races from 22 starts including; The Gardens - 515m (29.66 B.O.N. & 29.73) - 413m (24.06); Maitland - 450m (25.66 & 25.92); Gosford - 515m (30.55) and Wentworth Park - 520m (30.44)
Her first litter to Big Daddy Cool was whelped in January 2010 and produced; Just Joking (8 wins from 39 starts & 29.96 at Went. Park); King Exit (4 wins from 16 starts); Marbec (3 wins & 27.58 BON at Grafton).
Her second litter in December 2011 to Take The Kitty is a 100% winning litter including; Keybow; Bat Outa Hell (25.27 & 30.70 at Ipswich); Flying Kitty (22.88, 22.90 & 22.96 at The Gardens); Key Missile (won 6 races from 350m to 600m); Key Nuclear (Won 4 races); Miston Belle (29.87 at Gosford); Total Felix (25.50 at Maitland); and Total Fox (Won at Bendigo & Kempsey).
Atlanta Belle was the winner of 11 races from 365m to 700m including; The Gardens - 515m (29.66 B.O.N. & 29.73) - 413m (24.06); Maitland - 450m (25.66 & 25.92); Gosford - 515m (30.55) and Wentworth Park - 520m (30.44)
Her offspring includes; Key Exit (winner of 7 races); Key Guns (winner of 12 races - 4 in B.O.N.); Free Love (winner of 12 races incl. Went. Park - 5 wins in B.O.N.); Large Shot (won 12 and placed on 28 occasions from 67 starts including Maitland, Wauchope, The Gardens and the 2011 Bundaberg Derby)
Winner of 14 races from 48 starts, Joannejen won at tracks including Dapto; Bulli; Lithgow; Nowra and Richmond from 508m to 620m
Joannejen only produced one litter (x Just Like Ned) with every member of the litter winning races including; Georgia Belle; Tommy Hawk & Neddy Wales.
Georgia Belle won 14 races from 64 starts and was the 600m Track Record holder at Canberra - Won from 435m to 720m including; Wentworth Park; Richmond, Penrith and Moss Vale
A prolific producer, she produced Track Record holders in 3 of her 4 litters and is the mother of chasers such as; Brother Knows (Goulburn 457m Track Record - Won 2006 G1 National Derby); Ironstein (WA National Sprint Winner); Gordon Sloy; Chitling Alert (Bulli 515m Track Record Holder); Superstar Leo (Moss Vale 623 Track Record and Goulburn 700m Track Record); and Oska (Winner at Went. Park - G3 South Coast Cup Finalist).
Queensland Cup winner; Beenleigh Track Record; Penrith Track Record
Champion Broodbitch - dam of Worth Doing; Metal Springs; Wary Suspect; Hug The Rail; Mrs Flanagan; and Miss Pengilly
Edited excerpts from an article by David Brasch - Pedigrees By Design - www.pedigreesbydesign.com
Way back in November last year, Keybow (Take The Kitty-Key Exit) caused something of a boilover when he ran down Paw Licking to win a 5th Grade final at The Meadows.
He started $7 so while he was showing promise, he had not quite lived up to the potential he was showing. Following along behind Keybow that night at The Meadows was a pretty darn good field which also included Lukey Deez, Cracker Jack Lil, Dyna Filbert and Vapourash.
By January, he was second to Banjo Boy in Cranbourne Cup and he then stepped right up to win the Group 1 Perth Cup and "could" have been a little unlucky when finishing second to Buckle Up Wes in the Group 1 Australian Cup.
Last Saturday night at Wentworth Park, Keybow ran 29.45 to win a heat of the Golden Easter Egg. It was easily the quickest of the heats and stamped him as the dog to beat in the rest of the series. Obviously box draws will have a huge say for the semis and final, but there's no doubting Keybow is the real deal.
There is no doubt Keybow is already a stud dog. He's only adding to his service fee with every Group win or placing, and the scorching times he can reel off at any track. I have discussed Keybow's pedigree before but in brief, he is the combination of intense in-breeding.
Our Miss Tilly, dam of Keybow's sire Take The Kitty, is in-bred 3x2 to the virtual brother and sister Malawi and Supreme Image.
Malawi is Waverly Supreme-Sabby's Image while Supreme Image is by Waverly Supreme's son Chariot Supreme-Sabby's Image. In Keybow's damline, his dam Key Exit is bred identically to Bombastic Shiraz. She carries the brothers Malawi and Buka Sunset 4x4, and significantly she also traces directly along her damline to Zimbabwe (this is the famous Zulu Moss family).
So when Key Exit was mated to Take The Kitty it produced intense 2x1 in-breeding to two bitches (Our Miss Tilly and Key Exit) who are bred on an identical cross, but the pedigree of Keybow also introduces a 2x3 cross of Big Daddy Cool and his half brother Brett Lee. Both are found along the direct sireline on both sides of the pedigree.
Keybow also is duplicated to Malawi's Prince 4x4 and perfectly balanced (via a son and daughter) and for those who are interested in such things, please take great notice of the position of Malawi's Prince in the pedigree of Take The Kitty.
Malawi's Prince is the sire of Take The Kitty's damsire Placard. In the pedigree of Key Exit (dam of Keybow) Malawi's Prince comes in via a DAUGHTER (Flo Jo Tears). The best progeny of many, many great sires carry a balance like this.
Call up the best progeny of the legend stud dog Black Top and look at how many of them carry a DAUGHTER strain of Chief Havoc whose SON Gogodalla is the damsire of Black Top. The Black Top-Elsie Moss matings are the perfect examples … Bill Moss, Clay Moss, Molly Moss, Rose Moss, Andy Moss, Miller's Moss, Miami Moss, Anne Lewis all bred this way.
I believe Keybow can become a VERY, VERY good stud dog. There is no doubting his speed, his race winning credentials. I don't care the slightest that he tips the scales at "about 30kgs". Giants don't become legend sires. Brett Lee was 29kgs.
One of the best aspects of Keybow's pedigree is the fact he has Black Shiraz along his damline via a DAUGHTER which means Keybow is absolutely crying out for bitches with Bombastic Shiraz and Primo Uno (SONS of Black Shiraz) in their pedigree.
Keybow's fifth dam is none other than that former scorcher Metal Springs a SISTER to Worth Doing, still the greatest greyhound I have ever seen race.
It would make sense also to make sure Keybow mates as many bitches with Worth Doing (and his litter brother Wary Suspect) as possible.
Flo Jo Tears, found in a strong position in the pedigree of Keybow, is bred along very similar lines to Token Prince. It would also make sense to mate as many bitches as possible with Token Prince in their pedigree to Keybow. Now, we were talking before about the powerful position of Malawi's Prince in the pedigree of Take The Kitty.
In Keybow, his damsire is that former very good NSW sprinter and good stud success Over Flo, a SON of Brett Lee.
In a bid to help Keybow succeed at stud, he should then mate as many bitches as possible whose pedigrees contain a DAUGHTER of Brett Lee.
Keybow can also take bitches that carry just one more cross of Malawi's Prince via either a son or daughter.