Day At The Track

Western Ideal - A superstar sire

10:23 AM 15 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Western Ideal - one of the world's most under-rated sires
Western Ideal
Big Jim (by Western Ideal) - Two Year Old Pacing Colt of the Year in both USA and Canada.
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One of the very elite sires in the world today is the super successful, Western Ideal .Beautifully bred being by Western Hanover from the great race mare and producer, Leah Almahurst ($1,053,201), he was a nice two year old before being injured. He never raced as a three-year-old but came back as an older horse to win the Breeders Crown and take a time of 1:48 (A world record) and earn $1,455,000.

It is in the stud barn where he has had such an influence on the standardbred breed worldwide.

To date he has sired nine millionaires including such greats as Rocknroll Hanover $3,069,093,   Vintage Master $2,162,979, Western Ace $1,924,290, Deal or Nodeal $1,625,819 and Big Jim $1,544,580.

His stock have earned over $89,857,476 with a staggering 373 going in better than 1:55 and 44 in sub 1:50.

Now he has established himself as the pre-eminent  sire of sires in the industry with American Ideal, Always A Virgin and Rocknroll Hanover all finishing in the top 10 on the 2013 two year old sires list in North America. Western Ideal finished 7th himself on that list.

So with Western Ideal being available at Nevele R via frozen semen since 2009 you would have thought he would have been swamped with mares. It hasn't happened. Maybe it was because his half brother Make a Deal had failed as a sire in NZ . Maybe it was because he was a son of Western Hanover whose sons have had a very mixed bag of results at stud in NZ.

Whatever the reason, he ended up with just 10 live foals from his first year. That crop is now three year olds and with just a third of the season over, Western Ideal has given Kiwi breeders a glimpse of what they have been missing. To date he has had five qualifiers for four winners, all in 1:57:3 or better. Gentle Western 1:55:1 and Jango Felt 1:55:8 both look like genuine derby chances in the autumn while Ideal Power 1;56:4 and Rakasdeal 1:57:2 are already racing the best fillies in Auckland at the moment.

So Western Ideal has made a big statement with that small crop and should reap the rewards in the number of mares he serves this season.

With the success of American Ideal at stud in NZ , you would expect that sons of Western Ideal would be well received in the marketplace. Again that just hasn't happened.

Two of his best sons were available to NZ breeders last year for the first time.

The outstanding two year old,Big Jim 2: 1:49:1 $1,544,580 served just 76 mares even though he stood at the very reasonable fee of $4,000.

Vintage Master 1:48:1 who with $2,162,979 on his card is the second highest earning son of Western Ideal, only served 56 mares ,again at a very reasonable fee of $4000

So while Western Ideal has established a siring dynasty through his sons, NZ breeders don't seem to have awoken yet to the potency of this sire line.


This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.

Elsu - Redemption awaits

McArdle - The quiet achiever

Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!

Major In Art - Big and fast

Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion

Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed

Monkey Bones - All class

Tinted Cloud - Still going strong

Real Desire - The real deal

Washington VC - Continuing excellence

Grinfromeartoear - Tough as they come




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