Plusvital providing expert genomics advice and services as The Jockey Club examines breeding trends
Thursday 19th September 2019: Irish equine science company Plusvital has today announced that it has been engaged by The Jockey Club (America) on an ongoing consultancy basis.
Plusvital is providing expert genomics advice and services to The Jockey Club as it examines breeding trends in the Thoroughbred.
Plusvital’s research team, led by Chief Science Officer Professor Emmeline Hill, has extensive experience in Thoroughbred genomics research including investigating inbreeding. Prof. Hill is a leading figure in the international equine genomics research community, having first discovered the “Speed Gene” in Thoroughbreds in 2009, and leads a research group at University College Dublin.
Speaking on Plusvital’s partnership with The Jockey Club, Prof. Hill said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with The Jockey Club. We welcome The Jockey Club’s proactive approach to addressing this critical issue. We believe that genomics should be at the core of measuring the extent of inbreeding in the Thoroughbred as it has the potential to provide solutions beyond pedigree.
“We have always been active in engaging with the wide range of international industry regulatory bodies about our research to emphasise the opportunity genomics offers to support the breed. The Jockey Club’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of the breed and our goal to support breeding and management of the Thoroughbred through cutting-edge science demonstrates a shared vision. This partnership is further evidence of the potential to use genomics for the benefit of the industry” Prof. Hill added.
Plusvital has been a leader in equine science since its formation in 1975, growing out of Ireland’s world-famous racing and sport horse tradition. In 2015, Plusvital acquired Equinome, a world leader in the research and development of state-of-the-art genomic tools for the thoroughbred industry. Plusvital provides tests and services that analyse the DNA of the horse to inform clients on a wide range of genetic traits impacting performance and well-being.
Plusvital’s clients include leading trainers, owners and breeders in all of the major bloodstock regions of the world. Almost 20,000 horses have been tested to-date. Plusvital has an ongoing multi-million euro genomics and nutrition research program. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.