One week after the disappointment of realising his Group 1 placegetter Enticing Star would be leaving his stable, leading trainer Adam Durrant has quickly turned his attention to finding the next galloper to fill the breach.
He hopes he can go a long way to filling that breach at Belmont tomorrow when Battle Storm lines up in the Pink Ladies Luncheon Handicap (1000m).
The four-year-old lines up for the first time since recording back-to-back victories at Belmont last September.
It was at the second of those starts where Battle Storm broke the 33 second barrier for his final 600m, which has Durrant entering tomorrow’s short course event with high hopes of a first-up win.
“You can’t argue with sectional times,” Durrant told TABradio.
“To run a 32 sectional, you don’t see many horses do that each year on a track like Belmont.
“He hasn’t raced for a long time and he hasn’t had a trial, so he needs to be at his best.
“He’s been in work for quite a long time and he was probably ready three weeks ago.
“Fitness is there, everything is perfect so hopefully he does what we hope.”
Battle Storm was installed a $2.80 chance with TABtouch, but was quickly supported into $2.10 favouritism ahead of Double Jeopardy ($4) and To Rise Again ($6.50).
Durrant said he hope Battle Storm could start to stamp his spring and summer carnival credentials this campaign.
“Hopefully he can fill that void that we’ve got coming up for the carnival,” he said.
“He’s just got those few little niggles that you’ve just got to hope that we manage him right and he’s up for the long haul.”
Durrant also saddles up consistent mare Electric Light in tomorrow’s Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) and is the second favourite with TABtouch at $3.90.