ALTHOUGH Tornado Valley faces a tough task this weekend trainer Andy Gath is confident the classy trotter can return to the winners’ circle.
First-up since July 21, Tornado Valley is engaged in the Bill Collins Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Blessed with plenty of gate speed Tornado Valley has drawn to find the front from barrier three, with Gath predicting the squaregaiter can led throughout.
The son of Skyvalley slots into gate two with the removal of the emergency.
“He is feeling terrific,” Gath said. “He’s had a mini break and is really well within himself. I’m quite happy with where he is at.
“It’s always hard to try and win first-up over 1700 metres at Melton, but he is forward enough in his condition to take some beating.
“The draw is also in his favour and makes him the one to beat, but he’s not over the line by any means.”
Citing Kyvalley Blur and Maori Law as the main dangers, Gath also rates Dance Craze as a threat.
Maori Law has fared best in barrier four, with Kyvalley Blur and Dance Craze to begin from the second row.
“Kyvalley Blur and Maori Law are both going exceptionally well,” Gath said. “They are equally as dangerous.
“I’ve got respect for Dance Craze but she has a tricky draw.”
With Trotters’ Inter Dominion marked as Tornado Valley’s main objective this preparation, Gath is also considering a trip across the Tasman for the Dominion Handicap.
“The Inter Dominion is the priority with him,” Gath said. “I have nominated him for the Dominion Handicap but will play it by ear on that.
“I’ll see how he goes on the weekend and give it some more thought after that.”