Day At The Track

Brian West continues golden run

04:40 PM 12 Jun 2014 NZST
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The Odd Lover Brian West of Studholme Bloodstock
The Odd Lover at the 2013 yearling sale was purchased for $35,000
Brian West of Studholme Bloodstock is on a roll
The Odd Lover winning his heat of The Pearl

Leading New Zealand breeder Brian West is having one of those dream runs that all breeders dream about but rarely achieve.

Everywhere you looked lately, a horse bred by Brian's Studholme Park is winning somewhere in the world.

Last week Dream Out Loud was the center of attention as he won in 1:48.4 in North America. 

This week Brian's eyes will be firmly focused on the final of the $100,000 Pearl Classic in Perth in which another of his sales graduates in The Odd Lover will start a warm favourite.

Brian's breeding arm Studholme Park bred The Odd Lover in partnership with a long time client in Neville Tilsley.

Bought out of last years Premier sale in Christchurch for $35,000 by leading Western Australian trainer /driver Kim Prentice on behalf of leading W/A owner Robert Watson, The Odd Lover has stamped himself as something special from his first start.

The winner of three of his four lifetime starts, The Odd Lovers only defeat came at the hands of the outstanding filly, Tricky Styx 1:57.3 ($110,438).

Drawn out wide at six in his Pearl heat, The Odd Lover looped the field after 500 meters to lead and was untroubled from there to win comfortably in a 1:58.2mr for the 2138 meters with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.2.

Like two of Art Major's leading sons in New Zealand in Isaiah and Messini, The Odd Lover races without an overcheck and has a low head carry.

It won't come as a surprise to students of breeding that the The Odd Lover is showing so much potential as he is bred in the purple.

By Australias leading sire in Art Major, The Odd Lover is the first foal from a Bettor's Delight daughter of the former age group star Under Cover Lover 1;51.8 ($864,923).

It is a maternal family that continues to star on both sides of the Tasman.

Brian West will be hoping that The Odd Lover can add to Studholme Park's great recent run of success by taking out the Pearl final on Friday night.

The Odd Lover NZ winning his heat of The Pearl Tuesday the 3rd of June.

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