Sep 10, 2015
A horse with a bright future, Aztec Storm was impressive finding the line in determined style at his Pakenham debut on Tuesday.
Showing good pace to sit just off the leaders, the Encosta de Lago (pictured) three-year-old did a fair bit wrong but was able to really knuckle down over the final stages, putting his nose down when it counted.
Looking to have the race won a fair way from home, Aztec Storm raced greenly, wanting to lay in as he tackled the leader in the straight.
"He was green when he levelled up," reported jockey Damian Lane, "he just wanted to find the rail."
"And I dropped the rein but lucky enough he was sensible enough to keep going and he made it easy for me."
Lane is confident that Aztec Storm will derive great benefit from his first start, noting that he "has the brains" to take plenty from it.
"He was just being new today, he was a bit wary when he hit the front."
"He definitely has talent," he said.
Reid Balfour agreed - "he is a nice horse and it was a good effort today."
"First up at the mile he might have been feeling the pinch a bit late but he will strip fitter and it is onwards and upwards from here."
Always well regarded, Aztec Storm has been considered a Derby prospect - "he might still be a bit immature," Reid said although talented horses can improve quickly and rise through the ranks at this time of year.
A $90,000 Melbourne Premier graduate bred by the Balmerino Partnership, Aztec Storm is out of the imported mare Ms Guacamolee, a half-sister to the US stakes winners Delta Wolf and Miss Wineshine.
A descendant of the great matriarch Plucky Liege, Aztec Storm is raced by Shiranee Griffiths, Neville Blake, Don Boyd, Graeme Mcgregor, Eva Mcgregor, Andrew Lazari, Jacqui Carroll, Susan Plummer, Lloyd Palmer, Jack A'Hearn, Jason Christophers, Rob Molloy, Rennie Camilleri, Ric Casey, Adrenalin and Balcony Plus.