Argentine import set to shake up Mur’bah races
AN old hand at racing at Murwillumbah will be hoping to make it back to back wins tomorrow when the Tweed River Jockey Club hosts the Pottsville Business Houses race day.
Argentine import Storm Fabulador steps out in the feature 2020m Pottsville Beach Sports Club Benchmark 55 handicap and will be looking to rekindle former glories at the local track after a good win in a distance event at Lismore on Monday.
He has been penalised 2kg for the effort and steps out carrying 59.5kg and the number one saddlecloth.
Storm Fabulador's record at Murwillumbah stands at two wins and two placings from five starts, recording his first career win at the track as a three year old in 2010.
He went on to handle himself well as a young stayer learning the ropes by running a respectable seventh at his only ever tilt at the Murwillumbah Cup in 2011.
"I have no qualms about him handling the (Murwillumbah) track, none at all," Ballina-based trainer John Everson said.
"You never know what effect the extra two kilo penalty will have, but (rider) Chris Whiteley's an astute horseman and you can often offset a big weight with who you have in the saddle.
"We're expecting him to run a big, bold race - it's all systems go and he's jumping out of his skin."
Everson, who specialises in training stayers, is assisted in Storm Fabulador's preparation by daughter Sue Logan, who rides the seven year old at trackwork.
"Sue got off him on the morning after his win and said he went exceptionally well," Everson said.
"He does back up quickly and there aren't too many races like this, so we're happy to send him out again.
"He's matured very well and is a wiser and stronger horse so we're keen to give him every chance."
Storm Fabulador is in the first line of betting in overnight markets, last quoted at $6.00. The racing surface is currently rated a Good 3.
Gates open on Sunday at 11.30am. A trophy will be presented after the running of the feature event at 4.50pm.