Magnificent Storm back with a bang
Trainer Ray Williams revealed his excitement after watching his star four-year-old Magnificent Storm pick up an impressive first-up win at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Magnificent Storm had not raced for almost six months but you would never have guessed as he defeated Miracle Moose by just over two lengths to take the win.
Magnificent Storm, who jumped from the outside gate in the field of seven, ran final quarters of 28.2sec. and 27.9sec to leave Williams delighted with the display.
Reinsman Aldo Cortopassi says Magnificent Storm still had plenty left in the tank and there is more to come from him, while Williams also struggled to contain his excitement.
"I was nervous," Williams said after the race. "I thought he might have needed the run, but still considered he was likely to win.
"However, there is no such thing as an easy race. The horses he was meeting were rock hard (in condition), and after the quick lead time (35.9sec.) I am pretty excited at his performance.
"He was real fresh, and in the preliminary he wanted to put the boots in. He has been pretty keen during this preparation, and I have been jogging him, using a kicking strap.
"He wasn’t like this during his previous preparation, but he did kick me at Northam one night. I couldn’t believe it. I went to take a hopple off and he went whack and cow-kicked me. So, you can see that he’s got plenty of spirit."
The win took Magnificent Storm’s record to 13 victories and a second placing from 15 starts and he looks sure to build on the $209,024 he has picked up in prize money so far.