A Randwick-based three-year-old, bred along outstanding Irish lines, is ready to erupt in suitable conditions at Tuesday’s feature Kembla meeting.
On a track that will gradually improve but unlikely to get out of heavy range, lightly raced Strombus takes aim at a Benchmark 64 Hcp for the boys over 1400m to close the six-race card.
And while the sun slowly reappears, the ground should still be ideal for a gelding third-up in only his second prep.
Stormbus is trained by John O’Shea, and has quickly been identified as a wet-track and off-speed galloper, having rushed home to win his maiden first-up on a Heavy 10 at Newcastle before thundering home in a similar race only 12 days ago.
He is by group 1 winner Territories and out of a mare by unbeaten wet-track star Cape Cross.
But he is sure to get a stern test from another impressive wet-tracker in provincial three-year-old Never Cry, which also hit the line to finish right behind Strombus in that same Newcastle race.
Boasting a similar racing pattern, Never Cry had previously charged home to land a second win in a BM 64 at Hawkesbury and, like Strombus, is headed for a metropolitan start if he salutes here fifth-up.
Meanwhile, earlier in the meeting the latest batch of promising two-year-olds hit the track in a 1000m dash at set weights, with most on debut.
After two eye-catching trial wins on rain-affected ground, resuming I Am Invincible colt Vinnie’s Spirit is likely to jump clear favourite for the Waterhouse-Bott stable.
But two well-bred first-starters will be under the market microscope.
Tsarina Sophia, an impressive filly by dual group 1 sprint star Russian Revolution and in the Gerald Ryan-Sterling Alexiou stable, debuts behind a solid synthetic trial.
And drawn much closer in, Capitalist filly Euros starts her career for the Joe Pride yard off a string of improving trials stretching back to last December.
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