Day At The Track

Tamworth trainer tries Thoroughbreds

03:34 AM 05 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Sally Torrens - will try her luck with Thorougbreds
Successful harness racing trainer/driver Sally Torrens started her thoroughbred training career with a bang when the first runner she saddled up saluted last week. Subtract ridden by Sophie Young won at Tamworth and Torrens was thrilled with the performance and will now look at another race later this month for the former Victorian trained mare.

"Training gallopers is something I have always wanted to, ever since I started training the trotters it has been in the back of my mind and when Subtract was on the market for $6,000 I thought it was time to have a try but I didn't think I would have success straight away," Torrens said.

"She looks a cheap buy now and I'm considering taking her to Mudgee for a Class 1 race on February 15th but it is very different from what I have done in the past."

Torrens is working five pacers currently but only one of them is racing at the moment.

"Yeah I have five in work, I have a couple of nice two year olds that I am hoping will make Bathurst but I don't work Subtract anywhere near as hard as I work them, she couldn't cope with that sort of workload."

"It can get a bit frustrating with the lack of opportunities in this area for the pacers because there just isn't enough meetings and that is one of the reasons I decided to try something different and I will be definitely getting another galloper soon."

Torrens has a strong family connection to both codes.

"My grandfather had gallopers but dad is quite tall so he decided to try his hand at training the pacers because he could do everything with them and I have learned a lot off him."

"I have to thank Kellie Mackney as well, she has been a great help to me since Subtract arrived just over a month ago and has been giving me plenty of pointers."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |






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