That was the question on the lips of a lot of Kiwi race followers last Friday night as his 3 year old son Horace Greeley made an impressive winning debut at Addington in the hands of his co-trainer, Mark Purdon.
Western Edition is a 12 year old son of Western Hanover who won just $89,089 on the track and took a mark of 1:51.6 so it is not his racing deeds which saw him end up at stud.
Rather it is the fact that he is a half brother to both the champion sire Art Major 1:48.4 ($3,273,217) and his ill fated but hugely successful full brother in Perfect Art 1:51 ($576,983).
Standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland in his initial years at stud, Western Edition has sired just 115 horses 3 years or older in his time at stud.
Horace Greeley was his 26th winner to date from 48 starters for stakes totaling $716,638
Western Edition has already shown he can leave quality horses with Wicked Style 1:55.7 ($214,143) and Western Mail 1:53.5 ($178,528) two of his better types to date.
Western Edition is to stand the coming season at Goodtime Lodge in Victoria at the bargain basement fee of just $1550 (GST inclusive) which should ensure he serves a larger book than he has recently.
Horace Greeley would bring back some old memories for Mark Purdon as he comes from the incredibly successful North Island family of the eighties and nineties that traces to Birdie.
Dillon Dean 1:58.5 ($713,130) Elmer Gantry 1:56.7 ($377,024) Two Under 1:53.2 ($226,530) and Dillon Dale ($142,035) are just some of the wonderful horses close up in Horace Greeley's pedigree.
While he may never reach the heights of his half brothers Art Major of Perfect Art, Western Edition has shown enough in his small crops to date to suggest that he has a future as a sire.