Yearling has St Leger in her sights

Storm Patrol cantering in the paddock

Storm Patrol cantering in the paddock

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FORMER Sussex racehorse, Material World, was renowned for her battling qualities, which led her to brave victories, despite having only one eye. Now retired, she now has a second foal which owners believe could have St Leger potential.

Lewes trainer Suzy Smith trained Material World, owned by her father Robin, to some fine wins before the mare was retired to stud. Her second foal, a filly born early last year, has already impressed. Known affectionately as Millie, her owner believes she has all the right qualities to be aimed for the 2014 St Leger.

That race may be a long way off, but Robin Smith thinks it might not be out of the question.

He explained: “Storm Patrol is sired by Shirocco, as was Brown Panther, the racehorse owned by Michael Owen who won at Royal Ascot and was second in this year’s St Leger.

“Brown Panther had a strong mare but given Material World’s outstanding bravery and high cruising speed, I think Millie can go one better and win the St Leger. She’ll be a three-year-old in 2014 so that is one possible target, though there is obviously a long way to go before then.

“Storm Patrol is now ten months old and continues to develop well. She has a lovely friendly nature and is very relaxed just like her mum! Her bone structure, confirmation and action are a delight to see.”

Robin, of West Wittering, runs the Material World Racing Club and the Storm Force Ten Racing Club, set up to oversee the development and racing careers of former Cheltenham winner Material World’s offspring.

Her first foal Material Star – stable name Ollie – is now a three-year-old in store in Gloucestershire with a jumps career ahead of him, while Storm Patrol is doing very well indeed at a stud in West Sussex, where her mother is now expecting a third foal, due next year.

Storm Patrol is owned by the Storm Force Ten club, in which a number of ten per cent shares are still available at £3,000 a time plus £170 a month. Details from Robin Smith on 01243 513933

West Sussex Gazette January 11 2012