Storm is brewing

Cambridge trainer John Bell is already planning 12 months in advance with his very promising galloper Storming The Tower.

Storming The Tower, whom Bell owns in partnership with Benedict Sin, took his record to three wins and four placings from seven starts when racing away with the Matamata Mitre 10 2000 at Matamata yesterday.

His two previous wins had been at Te Teko and Te Rapa, both over 1600 metres, and Bell’s stable employee, former jockey and trainer Brent Doyle, was quick to point out the horse should be unbeaten.

Storming The Tower had robbed himself of further success because of waywardness in the final stages of his races. He again showed signs of the trait yesterday inside the last 250 metres, but he was well in control, scoring by a length and three-quarters.

“He’s getting better,” said Bell. If he runs straight he wins by more. It’s all in his head. He’s still a big kid and when he switches on properly he is going to make it.”

Bell plans to give Storming The Tower a few days off and reassess where to go with the son of four-year-old Storm Creek with the focus being on Christmas-New Year racing.

“He’s going to make a lovely stayer next year,” said Bell. “I’d like to look at races like the Counties, Waikato and Avondale Cups with him.”

Storming The Tower was ridden as usual by Cambridge jockey Jason Jago, who also believes the horse has a bright future.

Storming The Tower’s stablemate Senna, who races in the same ownership, ran another creditable race for second in the Pertab Bloodstock Limited 2000, the final event yesterday.