Fate and the weather conspired with the South African Turf Club to make the 1986 J&B Metropolitan Stakes one of the most successful meetings ever. The 2000m race was run on the old track at Kenilworth as the turf on the "new" course is being replaced.
A striking looking chestnut, Wild West was bred at Paul de Wet's Zandvliet Stud by English 2000 Guineas winner Roland Gardens out of Wild Ash, a winner of seven races up to 1600m, including the Cape and Natal Fillies Guineas. The next dam Ashplant produced among others Whiteoak,who won nine races and was placed in both the Cape Guineas and the Metropolitan.
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