FORMER outstanding youngster The Storm Inside is close to a racing return.
Unbeaten from six starts as a two-year-old – including the rich 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 lung 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 only 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 17 months and The Storm Inside was successful during a trial at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday.
Thrilled the potential star’s performance, Stewart is even happier with the manner in which The Storm Inside has recovered from the run.
“He trialled really well which was pleasing to see,” Stewart said. “More importantly, he has come through the run as good as gold and is showing no concerning signs about his leg or lungs.
“The run will do him the world of good and now I will step up his work before he races next week.”
The Storm Inside is scheduled to make his comeback appearance in an Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series heat at Ballarat on June 22.
Stewart’s former topliner Philadelphia Man is also on the verge of a racing return after being sidelined by a stress fracture in a hock.
The injury-prone stallion hasn’t raced since injuring himself in the December 2015 Inter Dominion Final at Gloucester Park.
Philadelphia Man also trialled yesterday, finishing fourth behind another comeback pacer, Hectorjayjay.
“Philadelphia Man is coming along nicely, but no date has been set for his first race yet,” Stewart said.