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    Nervous moments during easy win Nervous moments during easy win

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    IT WAS a very nervous Andy Gath watching his star squaregaiter Tornado Valley stride clear of the pack in last night’s Trotters’ Inter Dominion... Nervous moments during easy win

    IT WAS a very nervous Andy Gath watching his star squaregaiter Tornado Valley stride clear of the pack in last night’s Trotters’ Inter Dominion heat.

    Traditionally having a runner break away from the field would be grounds for a euphoric feeling, but this was no normal situation.

    As Tornado Valley entered the final turn one of his back shin wraps began to unwind before roughly two metres of material flapped between his legs.

    “I was more worried about him breaking than anything,” Gath said. “It was unlikely he was going to trip over it and fall, but it caused my heart to race a little more than I’d like along the home straight.

    “The bandage was held on by Velcro and tape, but maybe he struck it and from there it worked its way loose.

    “It was just one of those things…a one in a thousand chance but it happened in an Inter Dominion heat.”

    Driven by Gath’s reinswoman-wife, Kate, Tornado Valley crossed to the pegs from barrier four as Red Hot Tooth dashed to the front from gate six.

    Quickly angled away from the inside, Tornado Valley was sent forward to claim the lead.

    Despite his wrap swinging behind him during the latter stages, the son of Skyvalley dashed to a six-and-a-half metre win from Save Our Pennys, with Red Hot Tooth three metres away third.

    “I was relieved to see him get over the line safely, but am also thrilled with the way he went,” Gath said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way he is going.”

    The only unbeaten performer in the series, Tornado Valley rated 2:01.5 over 2555 metres, with his time two-tenths of a second slower than Speeding Spur in the second heat.

    Driven by co-trainer Josh Dickie, Speeding Spur led throughout from barrier two to account for Big Jack Hammer and Illawong Armstrong.

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