Star three-year-olds Superstorm and Tuscan Queen have taken the first steps on their return to the race track for the autumn, finishing third and sixth in a 1000m trial at Belmont today.

Superstorm, an eye catching fourth in last year’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m), made up significant ground in the last 200m for jockey William Pike to finish two-and-a-half lengths behind pacemaker and trial winner Floyd.

The son of Sebring has been earmarked for an east coast campaign, should he produce a strong performance in the Listed Challenge Stakes (1500m) on February 15.

Owner Bob Peters said he was pleased with Superstorm’s trial and indicated he would need to see the gelding win the Challenge Stakes to justify a trip to Melbourne for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

“He went very well,” he told The Races WA.

“He’ll get into the Challenge on the minimum weight.

“He’d have to win and he’d have to win well to justify going.

“It looks like the three-year-olds around Australia are very strong.”

Tuscan Queen, the Champion Fillies Stakes winner, settled at the rear of the field for jockey Clint Johnston-Porter and went to the line without being fully extended.

Peters said the Fastnet Rock filly would also take her place in the Challenge Stakes on Saturday week.

Meanwhile, Johnston-Porter has given the strongest possible indication he would ride Tycoon Storm over yesterday’s Listed Rangeview Stud Classic (1400m) winner Money Matters in Saturday’s Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra.

Speaking on TABradio earlier today, Johnston-Porter said he was impressed by Money Matters but still leant slightly towards Tycoon Storm.

“I’m just deciding which way I want to go,” he said.

“Tycoon Storm is a lovely upcoming filly and she’s been very impressive.

“It’s a very hard decision which way to go, considering Money Matters went very well yesterday.

“I’d like to stay with Tycoon Storm.

“She’s just shown me a little bit more.”

Money Matters was an all the way winner in yesterday’s $100,000 feature at Bunbury and took his record to four wins from seven starts.

Johnston-Porter said he felt Money Matters was right at the end of his distance range yesterday and paid credit to the gelding’s toughness.

“I got a nice easy lead and he’s a very nice horse,” he said.

“He doesn’t quite see out the 1400 but he was very tough yesterday.”

Tim Walker