JUNEE postman Bruce Harpley has driven enough good horses to know what one feels like.
Harpley has put the bridle on such greats as Frith, Jofess and Greg Kelly (winner 17 of 18 starts) just to name a few.
So when he says Western Ron is the best I’ve had as far as young horses is concerned, you sit up and take notice.
Harpley is confident his youngster can pass his toughest test ot date and win today’s Group 3 NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final at Bathurst.
The $30,000 feature for 2yo colts/geldings sees Western Ron takes on one of Newcastle’s fastest ever juveniles in Bright Energy and the well performed Bella Ball Terror.
After unplaced at his first two starts Western Ron has steam-rolled the opposition at his next three starts, the latest at Wagga last Tuesday leaving Harpley in awe.
Western Ron raced outside the leader before reeling off his last 800m in 56.7 seconds to score a runaway win.
“I’ve lived here all my life and that would be the quickest last half I’ve ever heard of a 2yo running at Wagga,” Harpley said.
“Not only that he did from the death and did it with style.
“It takes a bit for me not to sleep and I can tell you I was still buzzing the next morning about him.
“It’s just ridiculous. I know you can get carried away with times. It was more about how he did and how he felt.
“Honestly without getting carried away, had he been on the fence he would have gone 55 around Wagga.
“I can only imagine what he can run on these larger tracks if the conditions are right.