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Bob Peters suspects leg issue caused shocker for Battle Storm

Boom sprinter Battle Storm will undergo further tests today to determine the cause of his shock defeat at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Sent out the $1.40 favourite in a 1000m handicap, Battle Storm was beaten for the first time at his six start when he ran last in a field of five behind Multiverse.

A post-race vet exam revealed nothing amiss and owner Bob Peters said he was physically fine yesterday.

But Peters fears an injury similar to the one that sidelined Battle Storm for an extended period could be discovered today or tomorrow.

The Statue Of Liberty gelding sustained hind leg and muscular injuries when he slipped out of his barrier last September.

“I’m guessing he’s done something to his back end or hind leg, but we’ll just wait and see,” Peters said.

“He dipped a bit over the back around the turn.

“He slipped at the start last campaign and was a mess after that. It took all that time to get him back. He’ll also be scoped.

“ It would be nice to find something wrong because it’s more of a problem when you don’t find anything.

“I’d say he’ll go for a spell.”

Peters, who celebrated his 100th winner of the season with Zaratite on Saturday, will also spell Mystery Miss after her shock defeat in the Listed Belmont Classic (2200m).

The quality filly was a beaten $1.12 favourite when a narrow second to the Brett Pope-trained Rivalry Galore.

“She’ll have a bit of a break at the farm for a few weeks and then come back,” Peters said.

“She was just beaten by the better horse on the day. She had her chance.”

Pope said Rivalry Galore would be spelled after breaking his maiden status in style.

The Trade Fair gelding was placed in four consecutive starts, including a second to True Attraction in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m), before winning the Belmont Classic.

“He’ll have a little break now and we might have to make some plans,” Pope said.

“He progressed a fair way in his first campaign.

“I’d like to think he’ll go on with it. It was good to get a result in a feature race.”

Jockey Clint Johnston-Porter says he is still 21/2 months away from trackwork after fracturing three vertebrae in his back in a fall at Bunbury in March.

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