Time for Torque but also walk­ing the walk

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - MATT JONES

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.

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