HANDY squaregaiter Tornado Valley is on trial for a trip to New Zealand.
A last-start winner of the Australasian Grand Prix, Tornado Valley will poised to contest the Scotch Notch Memorial at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.
Should the son of Skyvalley capture the feature, trainer Andy Gath will make plans to head across the Tasman for next month’s ANZAC Cup and Rowe Memorial.
The ANZAC Cup is scheduled to be conducted in Auckland on April 20, with the Rowe Memorial at the same venue a week later.
“Going to New Zealand is definitely on the cards for him,” Gath said. “But to warrant the trip he would pretty much have to win this weekend.
“Everything is in his favour and I would be disappointed if he is beaten.”
Having led throughout during his recent Group One victory, Tornado Valley has drawn to repeat the dose from the pole.
The sole runner along the back row, multiple Group One winner Kyvalley Blur shapes as the main danger.
“It’s a good draw for him and should see him hold up,” Gath said. “He likes being out front, so he shouldn’t have any real excuses.
“Kyvalley Blur has drawn to follow through from the inside of the second row, so that makes him the biggest threat.”