Sebring’s Superstorm Wins G2 Feehan
A homebred for Bob and Sandra Peters, Sebring gelding Superstorm earned his first win at his second start for new trainer Danny O’Brien in Saturday’s $500,000 Group II Clamms Seafood Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, and in the process, booked his ticket for the Cox Plate.
Under a rails-hugging ride by Damien Oliver, Superstorm handed the star New Zealander Elephant his first loss at his sixth start by the narrowest margin.
Previously trained by Grant and Alana Williams, Superstorm has been winless in eight starts since capturing the Listed WATC Challenge Stakes at Ascot last February.
In between time his was runner-up to Alligator Blood in the Group I Australian Guineas, was edged out by his then stablemate Regal Power in the All-Star Mile, and finished third in Mr Quickie’s Group I Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.
Superstorm has the overall record of three wins, two seconds, and two thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $1,545,350.
“I don’t think there was much in his favour today, and he’s still got there,” said Danny O’Brien.
“He’s second-up still from nearly a year off, so the win was full of merit. He’s a horse that has always raced at the top level, and he hadn’t won for a while, so it is great to get back winning with him.”
Superstorm is one of four stakes-winners for the top-class Group II winning Metal Storm mare Stormy Nova.
The final crop of two year-olds by Sebring will race this season and he has 54 entries for the 2022 Golden Slipper.