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Tornado Valley "astonishing" in ID18 final

06:19 AM 16 Dec 2018 NZDT
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A blistering beginning and brave finish saw Tornado Valley capture the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship in the hands of reinswoman Kate Gath, who became the first female to salute in the great race.

Long Forrest trainer Andy Gath and Kate, his wife, again proved a formidable force in Australasian racing with a thrilling victory by a neck from surprise packet Sky Petite, saluting in front of packed stands at Tabcorp Park Melton.

“To win the Inter Dominion tonight blows my mind. It’s the race everyone wants to win and I’ve won one,” Kate said.

“I can’t believe how lucky I am in my career to win the races I’ve won. It’s astonishing.”

Andy said the pair had “been fortunate to have a lot of good horses win a lot of big races but to win an Inter Dominion is the ultimate”.

“We just love this horse, he just knows how to win and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.”

Kate flew the gates from her widest front row draw and found the front after 300m, pocketing the second favourite and well-fancied Kiwi Speeding Spur.

It would be the critical move, with Tornado Valley in control out in front as they notched a moderate lead time into a 30.2 first quarter.

The challenges threatened in the running line, first Save Our Pennys, then Tough Monarch, but Tornado Valley saw them all off.

At the turn it was Sky Petite who emerged from three-wide and loomed next to Tornado Valley, fighting on brilliantly before losing by only a neck in the hands of talented young reinsman Ryan Duffy for trainer Michael Stanley.

But it was to be Tornado Valley and Kate Gath’s night.

“Leading early was that little bit of luck we needed to be hard to beat and once we led I was happy, but I burned really hard to lead,” Kate said.

“I came out pretty aggressively to get him across. Everything fell into place and I’m pretty lucky.”

 

 

Michael Howard

Trots Media

 

 

7 9:08pm TAB INTER DOMINION TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINAL (GROUP 1) 2760M
$150,000 TM0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results
Pl  Horse Prize-
money
  Row &
Br
TAB
#
Trainer Driver
(C = Concession)
Mgn
(m)
Starting
odds
Stewards'
Comments 
1 TORNADO VALLEY NZ      Fr6 6 Andy Gath Kate Gath   $ 1.70 fav  PRS GS L 1 PH SWAB ST HT
  BAY GELDING 7 by SKYVALLEY NZ out of BEGIN (NZ) () 
Owner(s): N R (Norm) Jenkin 
Breeder(s): P L Gaugler, T M McMillan
2 SKY PETITE      Fr7 7 Michael Stanley Ryan Duffy NK $ 104.00   PRS T/F RAS 12 3WL SWAB ST HT D/S D/F
3 SPEEDING SPUR NZ      Fr1 1 J W Dickie, J I Dickie Josh Dickie 9.60 $ 3.00   PRS GS 3 SWAB ST HT
4 MONTY PYTHON NZ      Fr2 2 Phil Williamson Anthony Butt 9.80 $ 46.70   PRS PRU 5
5 SAVE OUR PENNYS      Fr3 3 Graeme Lang Gavin Lang 10.20 $ 14.30   PRS GS 3WE 4
6 WILMAS MATE NZ      Sr4 12 Tim Butt John Caldow 15.50 $ 140.00   PRS 10
7 ROMPERS MONARCHY NZ      Fr4 4 J A Rando, M J Rando David Morris 15.90 $ 201.00   PRS 7 HI CMP
8 KYVALLEY BLUR USA      Sr3 11 Brent Lilley Chris Alford 16.60 $ 13.00   PRS PRU 8 QUER VXAR SCOPE
9 RED HOT TOOTH      Sr5 13 Kari Males Zac Phillips 21.70 $ 121.00   PRS PRU RES 11
10 BIG JACK HAMMER      Fr5 5 David Aiken Kima Frenning 24.60 $ 34.80   PRS PRU GS 6
11 KINGDOM COME NZ      Sr2 10 Andy Gath Alex Ashwood 24.80 $ 166.00   PRS 9
12 TOUGH MONARCH      Sr1 9 Rickie Alchin Rickie Alchin 29.50 $ 19.80   PRS 3WM 2 QUER VXAR SCOPE
Scratchings
 
ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG 8
Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:24:9 Mile Rate: 1:59:5 Lead Time: 87.6
First Quarter: 30.3 Second Quarter: 29.5 Third Quarter: 29.1 Fourth Quarter: 28.4
Margins: 1.0m x 8.6m
 
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