Stormhill sired his first winner on Saturday when Unique Storm bolted in at Colac. She led and then lengthened to a three length victory in the Milk Maiden Plate (1000m).
Unique Storm (3f Stormhill – Clearly Unique by Clear Choice) has no close links to black-type on the bottom half of her pedigree. She had finished midfield in two prior runs at Terang and Geelong. The grey filly was bred and is part-owned at Warrnambool by Dennis Beriman and Robyn Clarke.
Stormhill (Danehill) was originally trained by Tim Martin to win the G3 Grafton Cup and G3 STC Kingston Town Stakes in 2005. He lifted a level the following year when successful in the G2 STC Shannon Stakes.
Initially retired to stud in 2008, Stormhill was sparingly used at Bullarook Park in Avenel. Unique Storm is the first starter among seven named foals from that first crop.
Returning to work with Clinton Macdonald at Caulfield after that stint at stud, Stormhill won the 2009 Benalla Cup and was runner-to Herculian Prince when going for a second Kingston Town in 2010. He finally bowed out with an unplaced run at Morphettville in July 2011.
Stormhill was catalogued for a Melbourne Inglis Sale in August 2011. The auction house reported the 10 year-old stallion was passed-in for $6,000 – well short of a $120,000 reserve.
Stormhill was based at Bombora Downs on the Mornington peninsula in 2011 and 2012 for an advertised service fee of $3,300 (inc gst).
– Karl Patterson