Winning Wager for Wells

Spreyton trainer Leon Wells revealed plans to set his quality galloper Western Wager for the 2011 Devonport Cup after the gelding scored an impressive win in the Class 6 handicap over 1000 metres at Devonport on Sunday.

Western Wager (5g West Quest – Never Trumped by Never Undercharge) was given the run of the race by Stephen Maskiell who had the five-year-old settled fourth and poised to pounce on the home turn.  He finished powerfully to win under the steadier of 59.5kg.

Western Wager was runner-up to Lyell in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas at Launceston last year.  He is by Grenville Stud’s champion sire West Quest who has several gallopers in contention for mainland wins in Melbourne this month.

Dream Pedlar (6g West Quest Unamah by Top Avenger) won the $50,000 Gold Nugget at Ballarat on October 6 and he will back up in the G3 Coongy Hcp at Caulfield this Saturday.  He captured the Listed Tasmanian Stakes last December and followed up with placings in the Hobart and Launceston Cups.

I’m A Hussy (6m West Quest – Vain Dane by Ladoni) was beaten a nose in the G3 How Now Stakes at Caulfield on September 18 and she has been nominated for the G2 Tristarc Stakes back at Caulfield on Cup day.

Meanwhile, Wells has nominated West Quest gelding Ben for the Let There Be Light Plate at Launceston on Thursday evening.  He also part-owns the gelding in partnership with Grenville Stud’s Graeme McCulloch.

Ben (3g West Quest – Leanamaree by Canny Lad) is resuming after a 32 week spell and warmed up for the night meeting with an easy win in a Longford trial last Wednesday.  He is a three quarter-brother to West Quest galloper Aria Quest who won 6 races for the same connections several years ago.

West Quest (Gone West) has sired 222 winners of 695 races at a 60.5% strike-rate.  He stands at Grenville for a $4,400 fee.