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    SHORT term plans remain modest with rising star The Storm Inside. Having this third run back from a 12-month injury-enforced break at Tabcorp Park... New Year majors for rising star
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    SHORT term plans remain modest with rising star The Storm Inside.

    Having this third run back from a 12-month injury-enforced break at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, The Storm Inside continued his transition through the grades by capturing the Alabar Vicbred Pace.

    Despite the six-year-old’s success in the Group Three, trainer Emma Stewart will avoid rushing The Storm Inside “into the deep end”.

    Instead the Australian Pacing Gold purchase will be taken along slowly with the view of tackling key targets during the Summer.

    “There is nothing particular picked out for him this side of Christmas,” Stewart said. “At the moment it’s just about racing him into fitness and seeing how he comes through each run.

    “It’s great having him back in action and hopefully he can keep making his way to the top.

    “At this stage we won’t be throwing him into the deep end but we are looking at the better races in the New Year.”

    Driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, The Storm Inside was settled at the tail of the field from his second row draw as Rockabella Starz, Roll With It and American Zest took turns at leading.

    Making a sweeping four-wide sprint along the back straight, The Storm Inside cruised to the front turning for home before completing an 11-and-a-half metre win from Top The Ace, with Herehecomes a half head away third.

    “What a great drive by Chris,” Stewart said. “He summed up the race and took off at the right time.

    “It was terrific to watch The Storm Inside go past them like he did down the back and then win with plenty up his sleeve.”

    Owned by a large syndicate, the son of Rocknroll Hanover stretched his record to an imposing 13 wins and two seconds from 15 starts for earnings of $281,225 by rating 1:54.3 over 2240 metres.

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