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Gone West: a sire who left an indelible mark

GONE WEST was a good racehorse, a Grade 1 winner and one of the best three-year-olds of his generation in the States. But if that was all he had been, he would hardly be remembered now, over 20 years since his exploits at the track.

It was what came after his racing career that made Gone West stand out from the crowd of horses who have one season in the sun andall too quickly fade from the memory. The fact that at the age of 25, drawing to the close of his long innings at Mill Ridge Farm, he was still able to command a fee of $85,000 tells a tale of remarkable achievement that far exceeded his record as a runner.

Gone West has been a significant contributor to the breed, wielding potent influence as sire, broodmare sire, and remarkably, in his own lifetime, as a sire of sires. Among all the successful sons of Mr Prospector, it is he who hasestablished the branch that promises to endure longer than the rest, his impact recognised on both sides of the Atlantic and in the southern hemisphere.

Zamindar already has a sires' title in France to his credit; Mr Greeley, known here for such as Finsceal Beo and Saoirse Abu, has an emerging sire-son in El Corredor in the States; Elusive Quality has given Smarty Jones, Raven's Pass and Elusive City; and while Grand Slam, Proud Citizen and Speightstown thrive in Kentucky, Western Winter enjoys success in South Africa.

Gone West currently has 98 individual stakes-winners among his own progeny, and as there are three crops yet to race, his final tally will surely be well into three figures. There is no doubt that hewill be a fixture in prominent pedigrees for decades to come.

 

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