FORMER boom freshman The Storm Inside will continue his trek along the comeback trail when he heads to Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Unbeaten from six two-year-old starts – including the Australian Pacing Gold Final – The Storm Inside had his season, and almost his life, cut short.
After being rushed to the vet with a severe throat infection, the son of Rocknroll Hanover was found to have an absence in his lung.
“It was pretty scary at the time,” trainer Emma Stewart recalled. “We weren’t sure how things were going to end up with him.
“He was given a good break to make sure he was fully over it.”
To Stewart’s dismay, The Storm Inside’s return to racing was short-lived as the colt managed one three-year-old start – which he won – before suffering a leg injury.
Found to have fractured a cannon bone, The Storm Inside was again placed in a paddock to recover.
Fast forward 18 months and The Storm Inside was successful in his comeback outing at last week.
Thrilled with the four-year-old’s progress, Stewart is confident The Storm Inside can maintain his undefeated status despite drawing the second row this weekend.
“I couldn’t be happier with him,” Stewart said. “His work has lifted right up since his first run and he will be better again this time.
“It will take a few starts to get him back to his peak, but he is heading in the right direction.
“The outside of the back row never makes it easy, but he is going well enough to overcome it.”