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    A genomic prediction model for racecourse starts in the Thoroughbred horse

    McGivney, B.A. and Hernandez, B. and Katz, L.M. and MacHugh, D.E. and McGovern, S.P. and Parnell, Andrew and Wiencko, H.L. and Hill, E.W. (2019) A genomic prediction model for racecourse starts in the Thoroughbred horse. Animal Genetics, 50. pp. 347-357. ISSN 0268-9146

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    Durability traits in Thoroughbred horses are heritable, economically valuable and may affect horse welfare. The aims of this study were to test the hypotheses that (i) durability traits are heritable and (ii) genetic data may be used to predict a horse's potential to have a racecourse start. Heritability for the phenotype ‘number of 2‐ and 3‐year‐old starts’ was estimated to be urn:x-wiley:02689146:media:age12798:age12798-math-0001 = 0.11 ± 0.02 (n = 4499). A genome‐wide association study identified SNP contributions to the trait. The neurotrimin (NTM), opioid‐binding protein/cell adhesion molecule like (OPCML) and prolylcarboxypeptidase (PRCP) genes were identified as candidate genes associated with the trait. NTM functions in brain development and has been shown to have been selected during the domestication of the horse. PRCP is an established expression quantitative trait locus involved in the interaction between voluntary exercise and body composition in mice. We hypothesise that variation at these loci contributes to the motivation of the horse to exercise, which may influence its response to the demands of the training and racing environment. A random forest with mixed effects (RFME) model identified a set of SNPs that contributed to 24.7% of the heritable variation in the trait. In an independent validation set (n = 528 horses), the cohort with high genetic potential for a racecourse start had significantly fewer unraced horses (16% unraced) than did low (27% unraced) potential horses and had more favourable race outcomes among those that raced. Therefore, the information from SNPs included in the model may be used to predict horses with a greater chance of a racecourse start.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McGivney, B.A., Hernandez, B., Katz, L.M., MacHugh, D.E., McGovern, S.P., Parnell, A.C., Wiencko, H.L. and Hill, E.W. (2019), A genomic prediction model for racecourse starts in the Thoroughbred horse. Anim Genet, 50: 347-357.
    Keywords: behaviour; durability; equine; genome-wide association study; performance; random forest model; temperament;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 14030
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    Depositing User: Andrew Parnell
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 15:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Animal Genetics
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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