• Monday, 16 Dec, 2019,
  • by Peter Quilty


The “when you’re on a good thing, stick to it” cliché has never been more appropriate in the case of Lara trainer Robert Britton.

He’s a masterful trainer in his own right, but in more recent times has become synonymous with the Fernando Bale x Tears Siam pedigree – naturally through the grand deeds of champion stayer Tornado Tears. And let’s not forget Rippin’ Sam!

The Tornado Tears racing chronicle continues, and not so long ago a couple of his younger full brothers – Here’s Tears and Hurricane Tears – have landed in Britton’s lap.

So, the question on everyone’s lips is how do they stack up to their illustrious older brother at the respective stages of their careers?

“They’re fairly similar, but I’d say Tornado Tears would have had a bit on them over 500 metres… But it’s hard to tell,” Britton said.

Here’s Tears and Hurricane Tears were recently transferred to Victoria by their New South Wales breeder Michael Ivers as he now has a third Fernando Bale x Tears Siam litter coming through and wants to concentrate on them.

“Michael’s not large scale and wants to centre his attention on these nine pups that are around 12-13 months old,” Britton said. “And he also believes there’s more opportunities over the distance for Here’s Tears and Hurricane Tears in Victoria.”

WATCH: Here’s Tears win his first start in Victoria at Sandown Park from box four in a time of 29.83sec.

“They look as though that’s where they’re heading… But you don’t know until they go over more ground,” Britton said. “I’ll step them up in distance and we’ll know more during the next six weeks.”

Britton added that Tornado Tears and Rippin’ Sam “didn’t show their best until regularly going over more ground”.

So, does Britton believe they could one day reach the dizzy heights of five-time G1 winner Tornado Tears?

“You’d like to think so… It comes down to attitude and will to win, there’s a lot of factors,” he said.

“They’ll have some of his traits, but whether they have all of his traits, only time will tell.”

Here’s Tears will be the first to make the step up in distance to the 595m on Thursday night at Sandown Park.

Both have now raced in Victoria, and already are showing that staying should be right up their alley. Here’s Tears won over 515m in 29.83sec at Sandown on December 8 and will be the first to make the step up in distance to 595m at Sandown on Thursday night.

PAW NOTE: Here’s Tears and Hurricane Tears’ litter sister Red Hot Tears (trained by Kel Greenough), contested a heat of the Laurels at Sandown Park on Sunday finishing second to Hardaway Winnie and is the second reserve for the final on Thursday night.

Photo: Jason McKeown Photography

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

Peter Quilty has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.

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