Irish equine nutrition company behind Galileo Gold Derby withdrawl
16 May 2016
Pictured at Plusvital’s NovaUCD headquarters are Donal Ryan, chief operations officer; Mike Shelly, CEO and Dr Emmeline Hill, chief science officer
An Irish company is behind the decision to withdraw 2,000 Guineas champion Galileo Gold from next month’s Epsom Derby.
Leading horse-trainer Hugo Palmer announced that the decision to pull the horse from the Derby was informed by the results of an Equinome Speed Gene Test provided by Plusvital. The results of the DNA test confirmed that the Derby distance would not suit the 2,000 Guineas champion.
The test was developed by UCD spinout Equinome, which was bought by nutrition company Plusvital last year. For Galileo Gold, the findings from the test gave it what’s called a C:C genome result, which means its optimum race length is just a mile, according to the company.
Equinome scientists have found that horses with the C:C genotype have an optimum race distance less than or equal to a mile. From a set of almost 1,000 race winners tested to date, less than 1 per cent of C:C horses raced in Europe have demonstrated their optimum trip at a mile and a half. Horses with the C:T and T:T genotypes are best suited to the Derby distance.
“It’s a fantastic endorsement to have a leading trainer such as Hugo Palmer publicly announce that the decision on whether to run Galileo Gold in the Derby has been informed by the Equinome Speed Gene Test,” said Donal Ryan, chief operations officer, Plusvital.
“Hugo has a clear understanding of how to combine the scientific information with his deep knowledge and understanding of the horse to ensure it is given the optimal opportunity to perform at its best,” he added.
In the last six years, the use of Plusvital’s Equinome Speed Gene and Elite Performance Tests has been adopted in all of the major racing regions of the world. Clients include some of the top five global racing and breeding organisations. Over 13,000 horses from 19 countries have been tested to date, including close to 1,000 winners, and over 9o per cent of clients are returning.
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