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Farewell a staying king

Modern-day staying great Tornado Tears has retired after sustaining a wrist injury.

In an end to a ‘whirlwind’ career, Tornado Tears – dubbed “Batman” due to his distinctive mask-like facial features – departs the racing scene a six-time Group 1 winner.

The ageless staying monarch, trained by Robert Britton, is also a member of the sport’s exclusive ‘million-dollar club’. He sits seventh on the all-time stakes list, having amassed $1,003,835.

Tornado Tears was also crowned the 2018/19 Victorian Stayer of the Year. And a glowing accolade was being hailed a contemporary equivalent of the “Warrnambool Warrior” – four-time G1 Sandown Cup winner (1986-89), Bold Trease.

During his lengthy reign, Tornado Tears (Feb ’16 Fernando Bale x Tears Siam) raced on 69 occasions for 35 wins, eight seconds and six thirds.

Highlights were his G1 ‘staying sextet’: 2020 Topgun Stayers, 2019 Bold Trease, 2019 Zoom Top, 2018 National Distance Championship, 2018 Albion Park Gold Cup and 2018 Sandown Cup.

He was also runner-up in both the 2019 G1 Galaxy and 2019 G1 National Distance Championship.

The King has abdicated… Long live the King!

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Peter Quilty
About 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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