Coolmore have confirmed their majority purchase of the Waterhouse and Bott trained two-year-old colt Storm Boy reportedly valuing the Justify colt at $50 million should he win the Sydney twp-year-old triple crown series.
Storm Boy is the current $3.00 TAB favourite for the Group 1 TAB Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 23rd, the race that Coolmore won last year with Shinzo. The other two races in the series are the Group i ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m), last won by the Waterhouse trained Pierro.
The former connections of Storm Boy are Cunningham Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Mr A D Bowler, Mr P P Lumtin, Mr R McClure, Mr M C Freeburn, Mr R Thwaite, Mr J W Lyons, Dr P H Hughes, Mr N P Long, Mrs D M Long, Mrs J A Canceri, Mr R S Canceri, Mr M Grogan, Mr D De Jersey, Mrs Z De Jersey, Mrs M N Annetts, Nocab Racing, Summit Thoroughbreds, Mr J D Widdows and Mr X Y Huang. Many are reported to have retained shares in the colt.
Storm Boy has won his three races including the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes over 1200m at Eagle Farm and the Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1200m at the Gold Coast on January 13th, the latter by 2 1/2L.
The colt is out of the Seachange mare Pelican and he will continue to race in the silks of the Cunningham family of navy, gold sash, sleeves and cap silks during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Coolmore’s Tom Magnier commented on Cooolmore.com on the recent purchase by saying, “We are extremely excited to secure Storm Boy with a great group of clients and friends from all over the world. His performance in the Magic Millions had to be seen to be believed. He had to do the work at both ends and broke his opponents’ hearts in a similar way to what Justify himself did in his own racing career. We have had a close eye on this colt since his first trial and he has raised the bar each time he has been seen in public.
“Storm Boy being by Justify is obviously a huge positive for us, as we are of the firm belief that what Justify is currently doing as a sire is only the tip of the iceberg for him. Through the likes of City Of Troy, Opera Singer and Ramatuelle in Europe, Just FYI and Hard To Justify in America and now Storm Boy in Australia, he is quite clearly the best sire of two-year-olds in the world. We want to be involved in Justify’s best sons globally, but given that Storm Boy was raised and grazed at Coolmore makes him even more special for us to be part of.
“We must congratulate Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for producing yet another exceptional colt. It is also a wonderful achievement for the McClure family with whom we bred Storm Boy in partnership with and for the Cunningham family and all the other owners who have shared in his ownership.”
Storm Boy and Adam Hyeronimus winning at the Gold Coast, picture Stevehart.com.au