Storming The Tower responds to a heady ride by Vinnie Colgan with an unchallenged win at Te Rapa.
Storming The Tower postponed his return to jumps racing in favour of another Rotorua feature when he upstaged his more fancied rivals in the United Cleaning Services at Te Rapa today.
Last winter the John Bell-owned and trained veteran was placed in all four of his hurdle starts but his more recent racing had been on the flat. They included an autumn highweight win at Tauranga followed by a second placing in the Rotorua Cup.
Today’s win in Rating 85 grade was all the inspiration Bell needed to confirm that Storming The Tower will return to the Arawa Park course for the Taumarunui Gold Cup on July 28 in the hope of adding that $65,000 feature to his 2016 Rotorua Cup victory.
“He has a definite liking for Rotorua, so seeing him do that tells me he deserves his chance in the Taumarunui Cup,” Bell said.
Storming The Tower’s ninth win at start number 75 was due in no small part to a heady ride from Vinnie Colgan, who made a quick mid-race move from the rear to race on the quarters of pacemaker You Want More.
Colgan sent the big bay to the front soon after straightening and from that point was in no danger. At the line Storming The Tower had nearly three lengths on his closest rival, Jochen Rindt, who battled home bravely without threatening.