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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Lightly-raced five-year-old Texas Tiger has posed plenty of problems for trainer Gary Hall Snr, who describes the gelding as his own worst enemy.

Therefore, it gave Hall and his son, star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr considerable pleasure when he was on his best behaviour at Gloucester Park on Friday night and gave a bold frontrunning performance to win the $30,000 Hoist Torque Australia Pace over 2536m.

“He can be a bit funny by pulling and doing crazy things,” said Hall Jnr. “Some days you work him, and he will just bolt, and you have no control and just have to hold him the best you can.”

He also missed several months of racing last year when he went a little bit footsore as well as losing weight. Various changes of gear have helped Texas Tiger to become more tractable.

“He was sensible tonight and he raced very well,” said Hall Jnr. “He still wanted to run off the gate pretty hard, but he settled well in front.

Texas Tiger, the $3.80 favourite, began speedily from barrier six and Hall sent him to the front after 200m. He paced smoothly in the lead, and after an opening quarter of the final mile in 30.3sec. he covered the next three quarters in 29.7sec., 28.9sec. and 28.1sec. and won by just over a half-length from $12 chance To Fast To Serious, who finished strongly from sixth at the bell.

Sangue Reale ($101) was tenth and last at the bell before storming home, out four wide, to be a head away in third place. Babyface Adda ($6) also caught the eye when he finished fast to be fifth.

Texas Tiger, who won at two of his 20 starts in New Zealand, has now raced eleven times in Western Australia for nine wins to boost his earnings to $156,706.