Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stormy Weather Is Forecast to Strike; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stormy Weather Is Forecast to Strike; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY

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JUST like the elements, Stormy Weather has been hard to predict since arriving from France where he was placed on the Flat at Listed level.

He started odds-on for his hurdles debut at Aintree in October 2009, and lost out in a photo after a slow jump at the last. He was beaten into second spot again at Catterick before making it third time lucky at Newcastle.

That was almost two years ago and he hasn't won since, although on his only other appearance that season he finished a creditable fifth to Sanctuaire in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham off a mark of 123.

He has switched stables since and is now with Brian Ellison, and the last time he ran at Newcastle he contested the Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

He had no chance of winning but his trainer knew what he was doing.

Stormy Weather earned connections over pounds 5,000 for finishing a distant fourth and picked up more worthwhile place money when sixth in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, where again he was a no-hoper. However, it was mission completed as he accumulated enough cash to cover his purchase price.

He is back on Tyneside today for the MGM Precision Handicap Hurdle, in which he has joint top weight but is 10lb lower than two years ago.

With the front-running Carlisle scorer Diamond d'Amour in the line-up, he should have the race run to suit provided Dougie Costello doesn't give the leader too much rope, as seemed the case at Haydock last month when Tenor Nivernais made all and didn't come back to his field.

Consequently, Stormy Weather never looked like justifying his short odds and was beaten 32 lengths.

The winner tried to follow up at Newbury but was anchored by the 17lb rise.

While a question mark remains as to what level form Stormy Weather is capable of these days, there are bigger ones hanging over most of the opposition, and this looks a match between the Ellison horse and Diamond d'Amour. Ellison also runs Andreo Bambaleo in the North Sea Logistics Handicap Hurdle. …

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