Day At The Track

Gath revels in Group Delight

06:02 AM 24 Mar 2020 NZDT
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It was the Kate Gath show on Saturday night as the state’s top reinswoman scored three memorable Group race triumphs at Tabcorp Park Melton.

Gath guided the country’s premier trotter Tornado Valley to his 19th victory at Victorian headquarters to bring up the winning three-peat, which had earlier been set up by Emma Stewart-trained pair Pacifico Dream and Demon Delight.

The success with Tornado Valley, who is trained by Gath’s husband at the pair’s Long Forest base, was the horse’s 35th in a career spanning 95 starts.

The evergreen squaregaiter had to fight to win Saturday night’s Group 3 Economix Scotch Notch Memorial (2240m, NR 80-120). He sat parked outside Maori Law for much of the journey before getting the better of him in a battle down the home straight.

“He just does what he has to… he was holding him (Maori Law) a little bit better than he normally has been lately,” Gath said. “He just got the job done and he’s just been a great horse for us.”

Earlier, Gath partnered Pacifico Dream in his demolition of the Group 3 VHRC Victoria Sires Classic (2240m, 3YO) field.

After leading from barrier one, Gath copped some pressure through the middle stages but then let the Mach Three colt sprint home and score by close to 20 metres in a rate of 1:55.1.

The result followed a fourth placing in the NSW Derby and was the horse’s fifth win from 10 career starts.

“I’m not surprised. I’ve loved this horse from when he was a two-year-old,” Gath said.

“He hasn’t drawn good in any of the big races and it’s probably stopped him winning one. But he’s still on the way up and as we saw tonight, he just played with them.”

Gath made it a race-to-race double when she drove stablemate Demon Delight to a head success in the Group 2 City of Melton Plate XXXI (2240m, 4&5YO).

After returning from a consistent but unsuccessful Sydney campaign - which included a fourth placing in the Group 1 Chariots of Fire - Demon Delight was able to land his first win since August last year in the $50,000 feature.

Gath took the horse from three back the running line to a spot outside the leader at the bell and it proved a great move as the four-year-old then surged to the lead at the home turn and held off a wall of chasing rivals. Clayton Tonkin’s Out To Play darted home along the sprint lane to grab second.

“This horse has been knocking on the door to win a big race and he never gets the draw. Tonight it turned out a little bit better for him and he got the job done,” Gath said.

“He’s such a quality horse but every start he goes around against the best horses of his age group and every start he nearly doesn’t get a good draw. His record, as good as it is, could probably be even better.”

Demon Delight has now won 11 of 25 starts for close to $200,000 in prizemoney.

The night’s other feature was the Group 3 Allied Express Jodie’s Babe (1720m, mares NR 70-120) and it was taken out by Delightful Tara for Kialla trainer Isabel Walsh and driver Josh Aiken.

The meeting kicked off on a sour note when top driver Kima Frenning was tipped out of the sulky before the running of race one.

It’s understood she has sustained a broken wrist in the ugly fall and is set to be sidelined for some time.

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