Ellerston's hopes to go back to the future of breeding

Ellerston Onassis Polo's plans to clone stallion Norman Pentaquad

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Norman Pentaquad could once again roam the grounds of Ellerston.

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Ellerston is expecting the clone to be born soon in South Carolina. Photo: Billy Jupp

Ellerston is expecting the clone to be born soon in South Carolina. Photo: Billy Jupp

Ellerston Onassis Polo is hoping a brand-new form of technology will help them recreate one of the property's best polo stallions.

The facility, owned by the Packer family, is hopeful a cloning procedure in the American state of South Carolina will help recreate Norman Pentaquad, a stallion that died eight years ago.

Ellerston Onassis Polo has already acquired horses from Argentina to mate with the cloned version of the stallion.

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Ellerston manager Robert Teague said the cloning process had begun from DNA kept from the original Norman Pentaquad.

"As part of our long-term horse breeding program at Ellerston Onassis Polo, we have brought stallions over from Argentina to cross with our Ellerston foundation mares," Mr Teague said.

"Then these offspring will breed with Norman Pentaquad's clone, an old Ellerston stallion.

"Norman has been cloned and the clone will be born late December this year in South Carolina, so our fingers are crossed."

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