WA-owned Cox Plate contender Superstorm out of Melbourne spring carnival

Star WA galloper Superstorm will miss rich Melbourne spring carnival targets headed by the $5 million Cox Plate after he sustained a leg injury and was found to have breathing trouble.

The brilliant chestnut, owned by Bob and Sandra Peters, was booked to travel from Victoria and arrive in Perth late on Tuesday for surgery ahead of lengthy recuperation.

“We decided to bring Superstorm straight back from Melbourne and he’ll be at home to rest on the farm before undergoing surgery,” Bob Peters said on Tuesday.

“He was progressing very well on a Cox Plate mission, but his splint bone has been injured again and a wind problem was detected.

“That’s just the way racing goes.

“We hope his troubles can be attended to in one session of surgery. He’ll be out of racing indefinitely while recovering, but we hope a comeback is eventually possible.”

Five-year-old Superstorm was transferred to Melbourne after winning the Challenge Stakes at Ascot.

Victorian trainer Danny O’Brien prepared him to win the $500,000 Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley and Flemington’s $2 million Cantala Stakes last spring.

Champion WA-born jockey Damien Oliver rode the $3 million stake-earner in his spring victories.

Looking a strong prospect for the weight-for-age Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October, he was also likely to have been a $5 million Caulfield Cup and $8 million Melbourne Cup entrant.

Camera IconDamien Oliver riding Superstorm defeats Luke Currie riding Elephant in Race 8, the Clamms Seafood Feehan Stakes, during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Credit: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

The Peters family will still have a powerhouse spring team, despite Superstorm’s setback.

O’Brien is training Peters-owned Regal Power, Western Empire, Inspirational Girl, Graceful Girl, Midnight Blue, Stageman and Showmanship.

“Regal Power is scheduled to run first-up in the PB Lawrence Stakes on August 13,” Peters said.

“Western Empire will tackle the Memsie Stakes two weeks later. Some of our other Melbourne horses won’t race until September.”

The $4.5 million earner Regal Power, Inspirational Girl and Western Empire are Railway Stakes winners. Graceful Girl and Midnight Blue have won the Winterbottom Stakes and Perth Cup, respectively. Stageman is a Winterbottom runner-up and Showmanship has won at seven of nine starts.

Meanwhile, trainer Simon Miller is confident Platinum Bullet and How’s The Serenity can run boldly for him in Wednesday’s $125,000 Bolton Sprint (1200m) at Belmont Park.

Camera IconDamien Oliver riding Superstorm (r) defeats Luke Currie riding Elephant in Race 8, the Clamms Seafood Feehan Stakes, during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Credit: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

The Bolton meeting, washed out by heavy rain last Saturday, had most its races transferred to Wednesday.

“Platinum Bullet was a Bolton scratching last Saturday when I saw the weather forecast,” Miller said on Tuesday.

“But the track is not so heavy now and she’s a confirmed starter after automatic re-instatement in the field. I expect both mares to run forward races.”

Ladbrokes has installed Nerodio at $4.60 Bolton favouritism and trainer Stephanie Bakranich has been delighted with his progress since a last-start Beaufine Stakes (1000m) win.

“The step up to 1200m is a concern, but he’s been working well is bright today,” Bakranich said on Tuesday. “Though a 2kg rise is faced by Nerodio, he has won with a big weight.”

Ernie’s Earners

BEST OF THE BEST

BELMONT: Frigid (R7, No.4)

SANDOWN: Zipping Boy (R4, No.1)

WARWICK FARM: The Milky Bar Kid (R2, No.3)

DOOMBEN: Jayanthi (R6, No.5)

BALAKLAVA: Dixie Whistler (R5, No.3)

DARWIN: Wild Rover (R4, No.2)

BUNBURY TROTS: The Miki Taker (R5, No.6)

BELMONT SPECIALS

AIYZA (R1, No.7) a speedy two-year-old who is resuming after two impressive Lark Hill trials in recent weeks. Won at Ascot in her debut early this year.

STELLAR VISTA (R4, No.5) ran an eye-catching third when buffeted and blocked in a Belmont 1300m event two weeks ago. Suited by a slight distance increase.

FRIGID (R7, No.4) looks on target for her fourth straight win. She relished soft conditions in 1300m and 1400m Belmont events at her two starts since a spell.

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