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Talented five-year-old Wildwest is a virtual pacing novice with only 20 starts under his belt. But champion trainer Gary Hall snr declares that the Raging Bull gelding has the raw ability to match strides with the State’s best pacers in the rich Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups early next year.

Wildwest bounced back to his best form when he romped to an impressive victory in the $25,000 Westral Shadetrack Outdoor Blinds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

He has proved quite a headache for Hall, but he is gradually becoming more tractable, with his trainer having the firm belief that he has the class to play a major role in the big Cups.

“I’m sure he’s right up there to that class, ability wise,” said Hall. “He has been a headache, but he is gradually getting used to the lugging pole.”

Wildwest, a winner at his only start in New Zealand (in a 2400m stand at Winton in May 2019), was close to his best behaviour on Friday night when he started from the No. 5 barrier and as the $3.10 second favourite.

He raced in the breeze for the first 400m before gaining the perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position while Hampton Banner ($3.60) was setting a brisk pace, with the $2.30 favourite Perfect Major in the breeze.

Wildwest, driven confidently by Gary Hall jnr, started a three-wide move 450m from home and took the lead 65m from the post before winning by a length from Hampton Banner, rating 1.55.4 over the 2130m journey, with final quarters of 28.3sec. and 27.7sec.

“Wildwest would have been much better suited if he had raced without cover instead of being in the one-out, one-back position,” said Hall snr. “From the breeze, he wouldn’t have had to go three wide, and from the breeze he would have bolted in.

“Staying is no problem for him and competing in the Cups over 2536m and 2936m would not worry him.”

Wildwest should continue to improve in his races leading up to the Cups and should improve his already impressive record of 20 starts for 11 wins and two seconds for earnings of $154,324.

Four of Wildwest’s ten owners have shares in Australia’s No. 1 pacer, six-year-old King Of Swing, who gave a bold frontrunning display to win the opening heat of the Interdominion championship at Menangle on Saturday night. King Of Swing’s time was significantly faster than the times recorded by the other two heat winners.