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    KATE GATH with Tornado Valley - Photo Stuart McCormick

    ALWAYS keen to return to home, it has taken something pretty special to prevent Kate Gath from making the trip to Globe Derby during... Special reason to keep Kate from homecoming

    ALWAYS keen to return to home, it has taken something pretty special to prevent Kate Gath from making the trip to Globe Derby during the weekend.

    Gath and her husband, Andy, have made a point of attending the South Australia Cup program, which is the nation’s premier meeting on Saturday night.

    While the Gaths are supporting the evening by sending Justamollyarcher across for the Trotting Cup, the gelding will be driven by local reinsman Ryan Hryhorec.

    Instead the highly-successful couple will make the short trip to Geelong where their champion Tornado Valley will aim to join a select group of squaregaiters.

    Engaged in the Sundons Gift Free-For-All, Tornado Valley will become the southern hemisphere’s latest millionaire should he capture the Group Three.

    As it stands only eight trotters have passed the magical milestone, with Lyell Creek at the top of the list with a bankroll of $2,256,724.

    The ‘Elite Eight’ includes I Can Doosit, Sundons Gift, Speeding Spur, Take A Moment, Stent, Keystone Del and One Over Kenny.

    To join the prestigious fraternity Tornado Valley has to overcome a second row draw in the 2100-metre feature.

    Tornado Valley joined the Gath with seven wins, 21 placings and earnings of $70,947 from 57 New Zealand starts.

    Since arriving in 2018 the son of Skyvalley has registered 31 wins and seven placings from 46 outings for a kitty of $919,350!

    Tornado Valley’s tally includes 10 Group Ones and 18 Group Threes.

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