CLASSY trotter Tornado Valley took a major step towards securing a New Zealand campaign when successful at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.
First-up since July 21, Tornado Valley captured the Bill Collins Sprint for trainer Andy Gath.
Naturally thrilled with the gelding’s effort, Gath will utilise the Chris Howe Free-For-All in a fortnight before confirming a Trans Tasman trip.
Should Tornado Valley head to the Shaky Isles he will contest the Dominion Handicap on November 16.
The son of Skyvalley will then return to Gath’s Victorian stable to prepare for the Trotters’ Inter Dominion which starts on December 1.
“He actually hasn’t been working as well this time as he did last preparation, but if he races this well it’s not a big concern,” Gath said.
“The plan is to take him to New Zealand, but I will race him at Cranbourne in a couple of weeks and use that as a guide.
“Until then no set plans on whether he will head across will be made.”
With Gath’s reinswoman-wife, Kate, in the cart, Tornado Valley began quickly to lead from barrier three with the remainder of the Group One becoming a procession.
Never seriously challenged, the squaregaiter completed a two-and-a-half metre win from Dance Craze, with Kyvalley Blur two-and-a-half metres away third.
Rating 1:55.7 over 1720 metres, Tornado Valley stretched his record to 11 wins and two placings for Gath.