Tornado Tears (pictured above in rug six) further entrenched his standing as Australia’s premier stayer when taking out the Group 1 Gold Cup (710m) at Albion Park on Thursday night in a track record 41.33sec.
Trained in Victoria by Robert Britton, Tornado Tears won by four lengths over Queenslander Jalapeno and his litter brother and kennelmate, Rippin’ Sam, to claim a $75,000 first prize.
Breeder and part-owner, Michael Ivers couldn’t have been more impressed by Tornado Tears.
“He’s a pretty good animal and he did us very proud last night. He took two lengths off Dashing Corsair’s track record, which stood for eight years, and he’s still only a youngster,” said Ivers, who lives in NSW and bred a host of top-class stayers including Kobble Creek, Space Star and Tip Top Tears.
“Tornado Tears is an excitement machine who reminds me a little bit of Space Star. One thing Tornado Tears has over Space Star though is that he is a bit smaller (31kg compared to 35kg), and when you’re running over long distances it’s a lot easier when you’re carrying less weight,” Ivers said.
Ivers also praised Britton, who he said has become “an excellent trainer of stayers.”
Tornado Tears has now won 11 races from 19 starts, and this was his second Group 1 after taking out last month’s RSN Sandown Cup (715m).
It was a terrific night for the Britton family, with Robert’s brother Jeff preparing the other feature race winner on the card, Hasten Slowly, who snared the $25,000 to-the-winner Group 3 Flying Amy Classic (520m).