Day At The Track

Kate reflects on the champ

08:09 AM 16 Apr 2021 NZST
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Andy Gath and Kate Gath with their champion trotter Tornado Valley, Harness racing
Andy Gath (trainer) and Kate Gath (driver) with their champion trotter Tornado Valley
Stuart McCormick Photo

Kate Gath knows Tornado Valley probably better than anyone on the planet, so she was the perfect guest to have on SENTrack’s Trots Life to speak about the champion trotter ahead of what could be a history-making night at Geelong on Saturday.

The star reinswoman has driven the horse in every one of his 46 Australian starts, 31 of which have been wins.

If successful at Geelong in the Jack Rabbit Winery Sundons Gift Trotters Free For All, Tornado Valley will become the ninth Australasian-bred squaregaiter to reach the $1 million mark.

"He's like the equivalent of my child," Gath told Trots Life.

"We were really lucky to acquire him and the job that he has done for us is something that is pretty rare.

"His gate speed is something that has been a huge asset to him and his will to win. He doesn't really like getting beat."

Tornado Valley’s Group 1 haul features some of the biggest races in trotting, including the Great Southern Star (twice) and 2018 Inter Dominion Grand Final.

"He's a great horse and we've been really lucky to have him in our stable for the job that he has done for us,” Gath, whose husband Andy trains the gelding, said.

"These horses don't come along often so they are really special."




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