Two of the Mid North Coast's exciting, top racehorses are on different career paths after unlucky seconds in major races at the Scone Cup Carnival last week.
They are last year's winner of the $500,000 Country Final at The Championships in Sydney, four-year-old Port Macquarie gelding Victorem, and Taree four-year-old gelding Texas Storm.
Trainer Jenny Graham's Victorem was held-up at a vital stage before coming from near last for a half-length second to Godolphin's Viridine in a $140,000 race whereas trainer Bob Milligan's Texas Storm knuckled at the start and was beaten a head in a $80,00 event where Taree gallopers Editors finished ninth and Lucciola Belle was 12th.
Kempsey part-owner of Victorem, Rhonda Bannon, said that Graham "was over the moon" with the run of Victorem which was having its first start from a spell.
She said the gelding was now being aimed at a Brisbane race on Saturday week as a prelude to the rich Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m on June 8.
Milligan's son, Glen, said that jockey Kathy O'Hara told him Texas Storm should have won but for the stumble at the start, it showing great speed to come from the rear to just fail.
Glen said that the gelding would now go for a spell as "he has done his job.
"He had nine starts after his win at Taree on December 23 and with his placings he has won around $80,000.
"He is a good horse and we just have to get him to click,"he said.
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