GREAT WESTERN - Haluva Storm's run of recent good form has finally paid off for Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O'Sullivan, with the gelding scoring a thrilling victory at Great Western.
Apprentice jockey, Erhan Kacmaz piloted the five year old to win the 1850 metre New Eden Energy Handicap by a short half head in front of Simon Morrish-trained Ourgame.
Jane Matheson's Golden Ella finished third, almost a couple of lengths behind the leaders.
Terry O'Sullivan was pleased with the Haluva Storm's performance, with the gelding posting his first win since August 2011.
"It was close. He ran home pretty well," O'Sullivan said.
"He's been pretty consistent - he's been around the money with thirds and fourths (placings) and probably deserved to win one."
It was one of the weakest fields the gelding has faced of recent times.
He posted a third placing at Ararat the week before Saturday's meeting and also finished third in Murtoa's Marma Cup on New Year's Day.
O'Sullivan will now be looking to push the gelding forward into a 2400 metre race, starting with a meet at Pakenham next Friday.
"It'll give him an opportunity to have a crack and see how he handles it," O'Sullivan said.
Meanwhile mature age apprentice jockey Erhan Kacmaz has been impressive, riding all three of Terry and Karina O'Sullivan's horses at the Great Western meeting.
"We're pretty happy with the way he rode, we'll probably give him another race or two," Terry O'Sullivan said.