Time for Torque but also walking the walk
A STOP OVER in Sydney may turn lucrative for Time To Torqu, who lines up in tow’s Beanie For Brain Cance, Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens. The Gold Coast runner was sent to Melbourne for the greys race during the Flemington carnd trainer Kelly Doughty decide to give him a run in Sydney on the way home. He ran third at Rosehill on November 25 and Doughty felt another attempt for the same prizemoney in Sydney was better than a Listed race at Doomben tomorrow.
“His run a fortnight ago was terrific. He got held up when they straightened and had he got that split a little bit earlier he might have won,” Doughty said.
“He’s a pretty good horse who is up to Listed standard and the soft track in Sydney helps a lot.”
The five-year-old has won seven from 25 with five minor placings and Jay Ford will have learnt a bit about him after their first time together a fortnight ago.
He’ll be in the back half of the field from gate nine and Doughty’s only concern is the possibility of a slowly run race, but she said the horse only produced his best when ridden cold. If he lands on the speed, he can overrace.
“He has a good turn of foot over the last 300m if he’s ridden quietly,” she said. “He has a fast burst at the end. I think he comes into the race nicely and I think he’s going to be right there on the finish line again.
Doughty, who said Flow would be hardest to beat, is having a top season to date with a winning strike rate up north of close to 30 per cent and her horses have finished in the placings 50 per cent of the time.
She said she might keep Time To Torque in Sydney if he raced well again tomorrow.
“I think they’re all on the same level as him,” she said.
Trainer Kelly Doughty.