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Victorian-bred pacer Sahara Storm went within 0.1sec. of equalling the track record for two-year-old fillies over 1730m when she made a magnificent West Australian debut, scoring a most impressive all-the-way victory in the Bringing Home The Bacon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The third fancy at $4.20, Sahara Storm began like a bullet from the No. 5 barrier and sped through the opening 400m section of the final mile in 28.1sec. before relaxing with a 30sec. second quarter and then giving her rivals little or no chance by dashing over the final quarters in 29.2sec. and 27.8sec.

Sahara Storm, prepared by Nathan Turvey and driven with considerable confidence by Emily Suvaljko, rated 1.54.4 which just failed to match the track record of 1.54.3 held jointly by Sarah Goody and Miss Boudica.

“Emily said the filly did it easily and won with the earplugs still in,” said Turvey. “We were told that Sahara Storm had good gate speed, but the races in Victoria in which she showed gate speed were not available for viewing. So, we took the word of her former trainer.”

Sahara Storm raced 22 times in Victoria for four wins and five placings. She gave an indication of her ability when she finished second in the group 2 APG Consolation for two-year-old fillies at Melton in May.

She is by the American sire Captaintreacherous and is the first foal out of the Art Major mare Sahara Sunrise, who won once from 12 starts in 2015. Sahara Sunrise is a full-sister to Sahara Tiger, who won at his WA debut for Turvey and Suvaljko at Gloucester Park on October 22 this year.

Sahara Tiger has had 40 starts for 12 wins, 12 placings and stakes of $99,342. Sahara Storm looks set to prove equally successful.