There is a sense of excitement in the Westbred Pacing camp as they get ready to present the first draft of their imposing young stallion Captain Ahab at the our Perth Yearling Sale on March 3.

The brother and sister team of Dave and Kellie Simmonds have put a lot of work into building their breeding program over the past few years.

They bought Captain Ahab, a son of supersire Captain Treacherous from broodmare gem Aquavella, from the US and have gathered a quality band of mares to support the stallion at stud.

Captain Ahab won his first seven starts as a two-year-old, including a heat of the Group 1 Metro Pace, and took a juvenile record of 1.50.8 – so there is some expectation that he will throw early winners.

“We are feeling upbeat about the sale and happy that there is an increase in numbers this year, hopefully a positive sign for the future of WA harness racing,” Dave Simmonds said. “Yearlings by Captaintreacherous and his sons Captain Crunch and Capt Midnight have been selling really well in recent sales.

“And buyers have added incentives because Captain Ahab yearlings are double Westbred and eligible for lucrative bonuses. He is from a family that produces champion two-year-olds. His dam is a full sister to (US 2YO colt of the year) Artspeak.”

Westbred Pacing will offer six youngsters by Captain Ahab at this year’s sale and a colt by Captain Crunch.

The draft is being prepared by up-and-coming young trainer Luke Edwards, who won the Group 1 WA Oaks with Captain Treacherous filly August Moon last season.

“The Ahab progeny are all different shapes and sizes. They are still young and cheeky but they seem to be very kind and willing types and quite sensible, I must say, for young horses,” Edwards said. “My pick of the fillies would be (Lot 521) the Russian Ball filly. She has a nice long barrel.”

Russian Ball (1.53.4, $85K) has already produced four winners, including Major Lester (1.55.3, $146K). She is a half sister to champion juvenile Jack Mac (1.55.4, $285K), winner of the WA Golden Slipper, the Pearl Classic and the Western Crown final.

“The one that has developed most over the yearling prep is (Lot 477 – Pictured above) the Lies A Lot filly. I like the family and she seems very athletic and growing into a nice strong youngster,” Edwards said. “And I really like (Lot 511) the Captain Crunch colt. He moves really nice and has a great attitude.

“He’s very kind to work with, which I find very important in the Captain Treacherous bloodlines. August Moon had a great will to win and very willing attitude to work, which I can see in him.”

The colt is out of good race mare Our Jeremes Gem (1.56.8, $63K), who won a consolation of the Bathurst Gold Tiara as a two-year-old. She is a half sister to Vespa (1.51.4, $229K) and Artzone (1.53.8, $172K).

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