Tasmania mourns West Quest

Six-time Champion Tasmanian sire West Quest has died at Grenville Stud in Whitemore.  The Canadian-bred son of Gone West was 24.

“I’ve never known a stallion with a better temperament than West Quest,” Grenville owner Graeme McCulloch said.  “He was our foundation sire and we were blessed to have had him stand in Tasmania.”

Raced by the late Prince Fahd Salman, West Quest won at Catterick and Aqueduct before retiring Grenville Stud.  During 18 years at stud, he sired 868 winners for prizemoney of $12.26 million.

There have been 11 stakes winners topped by G3 Tasmanian Derby winners Dream Quest (2003) and Esterel (2006) as well as G3 MVRC JRA Cup winner Dream Pedlar.

There are 16 yearlings by West Quest catalogued for the Tasmanian Magic Millions next month.  He has 15 foals on the ground and there are another 15 mares carrying positive tests from his final season at stud.

West Quest was buried at Grenville Stud on Friday and a monument will be erected to signify the role he played in helping to build the local racing industry.