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Star pacer Magnificent Storm has enjoyed a spell and is poised for a strong effort when he resumes racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night after a five-month absence.

A winner at 12 of his 14 starts, four-year-old Magnificent Storm will start from the outside barrier in a field of seven in the 2130m Channel 7 Pace, and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi is confident the American Ideal gelding will prove very hard to beat.

Magnificent Storm, prepared at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, looked a picture when he contested a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford last Sunday week. He enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before bursting to the front 450m from home and dashing away to win by seven lengths from Heng Heng, rating 2.0.5, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.1sec.

“He felt good in the trial,” said Cortopassi. “He didn’t have the blinkers on and was a bit unconscious going to the line. He will race with the blinkers on and will be a lot better. From the outside barrier I’ll play things by ear.

“We have plenty of options. He is not a one-trick pony. All six horses drawn to his inside have good gate speed, not that they all are likely to go forward. Ray is happy with him and his fitness. This looks like a nice race for him.”

Emily Suvaljko, fresh from four winners at Pinjarra on Monday, has chosen to handle Son Of A Tiger (barrier four) ahead of the polemarker Simba Bromac, who will be having his first start for four months, and will be handled by Chris Lewis.

Simba Bromac, who is now trained in Bunbury by Sarah Wall, impressed in winning a three-horse trial over 2100m at Bunbury on Saturday. The seven-year-old set the pace for Suvaljko and won by five lengths from Iamthefirecracker, rating 1.58.4, with final quarters of 28.3sec. and 27.3sec.

Son Of A Tiger bounced back to form when he trailed the pacemaker Tyler Brett, surged to the front on the home turn and won by more than three lengths from Bracken Sky over 2130om last Friday night.

Nathan Turvey, who trains Son Of A Tiger, also prepares Miracle Moose, who will be making his first appearance since he raced wide throughout and won from Diego over 2130m on April 2.  Turvey will drive Miracle Moose, a winner at 11 of his 41 starts, from barrier No. 5.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators