Since arriving at the stables of harness racing trainer Darren McCall,talented pacer Western Rockstar has won six races and has gone from a metropolitan maiden to mixing it with some of the state's best.
This Saturday night the son of Western Terror will line up in the Gr. 3 Priority Pass Pace at Tabcorp Menangle and McCall believes with the right run he can be competitive again.
"As long as there is speed on in the race he will be in the finish somewhere, I'm not afraid to make the speed if they back off too much but in this grade the tempo is normally strong," McCall said.
"He finished down the track in his two runs in Queensland but he drew poorly in both of those and couldn't get into the race plus the Menangle track really suits him."
McCall has made no secret that Western Rockstar has been a handful but believes he has improved dramatically in recent months.
"The simple key with him is his training schedule and keeping it the same, I just don't want to be messing with his mind for no reason."
"If he's out there on the track by himself he is really well behaved now, sure he can get a bit fired up when there is another horse around but he has definitely improved."
Another McCall runner racing this weekend is Looksmachnificent, a lightly raced three year old.
"He's a pretty nice horse, he's very green and he doesn't have much idea what racing is all about."
"Before I produced him at Menangle I changed his shoeing around, he raced really well and stayed in his gear. I just want to see him switch on for a whole race rather than turning on and off throughout but he ran a nice time last start and did it pretty comfortably."
Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales