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    KATE GATH with Tornado Valley following their Inter Dominion win - Photo Stuart McCormick

    AUSTRALIA’S premier trotter Tornado Valley may not have to look far for the biggest threat to his throne. A sensation since arriving at Andy... Threat to throne comes from those closest

    AUSTRALIA’S premier trotter Tornado Valley may not have to look far for the biggest threat to his throne.

    A sensation since arriving at Andy Gath’s Victorian stable last February, Tornado Valley has won 18 of his 22 Aussie starts, including four Group Ones.

    Successful in the Melbourne Trotters’ Inter Dominion last December, Tornado Valley is unbeaten from eight outings this term.

    While the squaregaiter is at home resting this evening, his new stablemate – Mclovin – was impressing onlookers during his maiden voyage for Gath.

    Driven by Gath’s wife, Kate, Mclovin annihilated his rivals in the South Australia Trotters’ Cup at Globe Derby.

    After settling midfield as Bold Law led, Mclovin was angled three-wide along the back straight before bursting to the front in a few strides.

    With Kate sitting quietly in the cart the son of Monarchy cruised to an authoritative 28-and-a-half metre win from King Of The Roses, with Monty Python 10-and-a-half metres away third in 2:04.3 over 2645 metres.

    “He just showed so much speed when I pulled him out to make a run,” Kate said. “He quickly put a gap on them and then got to the line as he pleased.”

    With no set plans in mind for the gelding, Gath is considering taking Mclovin to Tabcorp Park Menangle for next month’s New South Wales Trotters’ Mile.

    The Group One is part of the phenomenal Miracle Mile card on March 2.

    “I haven’t got anything specific in mind for him at this stage, but the Mile at Menangle is something I am considering,” Gath said.

    “I won’t be taking Tornado Valley up for that and it could be a good option for Mclovin.”

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