West Australian Raider Targets Turnbull

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The opportunity of a crucial weight advantage is likely to see Superstorm get to 2000 metres for the first time in Saturday’s mouth-watering Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Under the set weights and penalties conditions of the tantalising Group 1, Superstorm will carry a relative postage stamp of just 53.5 kilograms as he tackles the toughest field in his short 10-start career over the longest distance he has ever contested.

For owner/breeder Bob Peters, it is not so much the distance that concerns him, rather the reality of stepping his horse from the 1400-metres of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to a middle distance race that will contain the likes of the elite gallopers Fierce Impact and Verry Elleegant.

“I think he’s going to sneak into it because of the conditions of the race,” Peters said from WA on Monday.

“He gets in on the minimum and that’s what is appealing for me. I looked at the conditions of the race and he’ll come in right on the bottom. It’s so tempting because of that.”

The Australian Guineas and All-Star Mile runner-up from the autumn, Superstorm was one of 23 gallopers to enter for the Turnbull on Monday. For many, it will be there last run before the Cox Plate three weeks later.

Superstorm was in need of his first-up run over 1100 metres in The Heath at Caulfield but Peters warned not to read too much into his seemingly disappointing 12th in the Rupert Clarke at his latest outing.

“While it’s not an ideal program going straight to 2000 metres, his last run he didn’t have a chance to do much at all,” he said. “He didn’t have the chance to get into it.

“I’d prefer it (Saturday’s race) to be 1600 metres but it’s a track that I think will suit him.

“It’s just the distance jumping from 1400 metres to 2000 metres but we won’t know until we try.”

A big Turnbull performance from Superstorm could give Peters some more to think about. He originally wanted the four-year-old to go to Sydney for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m), but a Cox Plate always comes into view for a Turnbull winner.

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