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    HE’S been kept in cotton wool so far, but the wraps are about to come off. Deliberately taking his time with Willie Go West,... Time for cotton wool to come off
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    HE’S been kept in cotton wool so far, but the wraps are about to come off.

    Deliberately taking his time with Willie Go West, trainer Dean Braun is ready to see if the four-year-old can meet expectations.

    Positive the son of Auckland Reactor is “the real deal”, Braun has set his sights on several majors, including next season’s A G Hunter Cup.

    The prestigious event is scheduled to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton in February.

    During the interim Willie Go West will tackle the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship in Melton in a fortnight followed by the Breeders’ Crown Free-For-All in mid November.

    “He’s a very nice horse,” Braun said. “He’s got a big motor and plenty of speed.

    “When we got him out of New Zealand we knew he was green and was going to take time, which is what he’s been given.

    “Plus with the rating system now, they get too high too quickly, and given he’s still maturing, I didn’t want him that far up in grade before he was ready.

    “Yesterday was only his 17th start and he’s won the Maryborough Cup, whereas under the old system he’d still be working through the classes.

    “I think he is the real deal and that’s why I’ve taken it slowly with him.”

    Driven by Chris Alford, Willie Go West led throughout the Group Three to score by three-and-a-half metres from Our Millionaire, with Boots Electric two metres away third.

    Rating 1:55.8 over 2690 metres, Willie Go West took his record to eight wins and four placings for earnings of $100,600.

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