Kim Prentice - He can pick them

03:02 PM 14 Jul 2014 NZST
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Kim Prentice
Kim Prentice

Kim Prentice trekked to the yearling sales in Christchurch last year from his home in Perth in Western Australia on the lookout for some youngsters for his clients and family.

After the results Kim has had this year with his selections from those sales, it would not surprise anyone if he was back next year with a lot more orders to fill.

On Friday night at Gloucester Park two of his sales recruits showed what a great eye he has for young horses.

First up was the talented The Odd Lover who Kim purchased for $35,000.

A son of Art Major from a Bettor's Delight daughter of the brilliant Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,323), The Odd Lover has looked smart from the first time he stepped onto a racetrack.

His run on Friday night was his first since his luckless run in the $102,000 Pearl Final where he was severely checked out of contention when hot favorite.

A nice second first up on Friday night after the Pearl  was a good pipe opener and he won't be long returning to the winners circle.

From just six starts this season, The Odd Lover has won three and been placed twice for $34, 835 and looks to have a big future in the west.

Another one of the Prentice recruits is the very smart Art Major 2 year old  filly Major Reality.

Purchased for $31,000, she is a daughter of the very talented Armbro Operative mare Reality Check 1:59.9 ($139,495).

A half sister to Reality Check in Tuapeka Wings has already left the brilliant Ideal Scott 1:52.8 ($468,505) while the grand-dam is the champion broodmare Maureens Dream (11 winners, 8 in 2:00) who won the New Zealand Broodmare award for excellence in 2011/2012.

Major Reality races from the stable of Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice and has looked the real deal from day one.

Facing the starter for just the fourth time on Friday night in the $35,000 Gold Bracelet, Justin sent Major Reality to the front after 150 meters from barrier three and she was never threatened from there, winning easily with Justin sitting quietly in the cart.

It was Major Realitys third win from just four starts and took her stake earnings to $37,200.

She paced the 2130 meters in 2:38.6, a mile rate of 1:59.8 with the last half in 57.6 and quarter in 27.4.

It was a super impressive win and Major Reality looks to have a big future as this is a New Zealand family that does get better with age.

The yearling sales can be a graveyard for trainers at times so it must give Kim Prentice a lot of satisfaction at the moment as he watches these two quality juveniles perform so well.

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