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New Equinome Test Doubles Accuracy

Thursday, 11th June 2015

Equinome, the world leader in equine performance genomics, today released a new and comprehensive genetic test to more accurately predict elite Thoroughbred flat racehorse performance.  The Equinome Elite Performance Test v2.0 more than doubles the accuracy in predicting elite Thoroughbred racing potential than if using pedigree alone, and will assist bloodstock professionals in their selection of horses with the greatest chance of elite success. The test was developed by Equinome’s research team led by Dr Emmeline Hill, using genetic information from the DNA of over 2,000 Thoroughbred racehorses from Europe, Australasia, South Africa and North America, including more than 500 elite racehorses with handicap ratings over 100. The test scans 70,000 genetic variants on every horse submitted for analysis – more than any other test currently on the market – in search of those relevant to elite performance. Equinome a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company was co-founded in 2009 by Dr Emmeline Hill, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, and Jim Bolger, the renowned Irish horse trainer and breeder. The company is headquartered at NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs. Dr Emmeline Hill, Equinome co-founder said, “The test was developed using modified statistical algorithms that have been so successfully applied to livestock animal breeding. Genomic selection has revolutionised the pig, dairy and beef breeding sectors and we expect that similarly the Thoroughbred industry will gain significant value from the integration of this major advancement in genomics science.”

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