By Ray Hickson
Owner Bob Peters calls them the ‘Storm boys’ and their headed to Sydney for the $7.5m Iron Jack Golden Eagle at Rosehill later this month.
The boys are of course Windstorm and Superstorm and while they aren’t closely related (both are out of mares by Metal Storm) they come with solid reputations from the west and more recently in Victoria.
Peters campaigned his classy mare Arcadia Queen in Sydney last spring, contesting both the TAB Everest and Golden Eagle, and he believes this pair of four-year-olds fit the bill in 2020.
“They are both nice horses, I think it is a nice race for them,’’ Peters said.
“We’ve always aimed to try and get them there and it’s worked out not too bad. I hope they are the right horses, they’ll tell us that after the race.”
The duo will remain with co-trainer Grant Williams in Victoria until the week of the Golden Eagle and make the trip to Sydney, where they’ll be based with Annabel Neasham at Warwick Farm, a few days out from the October 31 race.
Glyn Schofield has been booked to ride Windstorm while Josh Parr takes the reins on Superstorm.
The form guide will tell an interesting story when it comes to comparing the duo given they’ve taken different paths on the track, though Peters said there are reasons beyond his control for that.
Superstorm has only won two races but is a dual Group 1 placegetter, he ran second in the Australian Guineas to Alligator Blood (current Golden Eagle favourite) and was third in the Toorak Handicap last Saturday.
Windstorm 💨💨💨 finishes full of running in the Weekend Hussler. pic.twitter.com/kP68LHakrL
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Windstorm has won seven from 10 and his only appearance at stakes level was his win last weekend in the Listed Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield.
“There’s a lot of conjecture now as to which one’s the best,’’ Peters said.
“Windstorm has won the races but (Superstorm) has been running in the better races, even though he hasn’t won a lot of races he’s raced in the top company.
“If you look at Superstorm he was running well against Alligator Blood in the Australian Guineas.
“I’d say Windstorm would have been up with the other fellow but he got sick last year and we gave him plenty of time to get over it. Once he got over it he’s been bought along a quieter path.”
The TAB all-in Golden Eagle market has Superstorm at $9 and Windstorm at $10.
Peters said Windstorm has had a good progression up in distance this campaign while Superstorm will have a little freshen up after mixing his distances in recent starts, something Peters said was evident after the Toorak.
“He was a bit dour after the 2000m a week before but now he has three weeks between runs which will suit him,’’ he said.
“He can have an easy week then build up for the race.
“They’ll do all their work in Victoria then do some light trotting when they get up there.”