There’s a reason that the young filly only has eyes for your mate Tornado me’ boy. I’ll explain it to you one day.

Welcome to the brand new Saturday morning feature where we share the good oil from our Friday night chat with leading bush trainer Ben ‘the Toowoomba Tornado’ over a cheese and egg sanger and couple of rounds of pink lemonade in the private lounge of ‘Woomba Sports Club.

We’d like to thank Tornado for taking the time to let us pick the vault of racing knowledge inside his November Rain while he was picking his Empire Rose, and remind him for future reference that in a two man shout the second bloke pays for the one after the first.

The young bloke’s traveling a bit better than we are right now anyway, what with all the bloody girlfriends and bits on the side we have to pick up expensive Chrissy presents for and all, and him leading the lonely bachelor life replete with 4am starts and all. We’ve got plans to change that though. First all we need to do is find a winner.


Race 2 – Sandrelli

The Tornado’s scratched Margot from town and it will run and win on the range later in the afternoon (see below), leaving him with just the one starter in the Stanley River Handicap, Sandrelli.

A 5-year-old mare who’s technically a half sister to the mighty Winx on the old man Street Cry’s side, the brown miss named after the good sort of wog actress Stefania is working her way back in to form and Tornado tells us that he’ll be instructing the young 3 kilo claiming kid Mickey Murphy to try and put his girl in the box seat from the jump.

Tornado’s pretty confident that if things fall into place as planned and the kid can find the gun spot from barrier 2 this little sheila will win and start the day beautifully for us all, at least for everyone but the desparates who couldn’t leave the hacker’s middle distance race run as the first alone.

Get on this girl Sandrelli and get off to a flying start.

Race 3 – Mishani Krishna

Young Tornado appears to have Mishani’s coming out of his arse at present and a bit like the Craiglea’s in Rocky you begin to lose track of which one’s which, but the Tornado’s at the top of his game and he doesn’t.

There’s no claim available for Mickey the Kid in this one so gun young Toowoomba jockey James Orman, who slaughtered Jumbo Prince one day when I had it going in all ups for plenty, takes the mount on this promising up and coming filly who won her first start impressively when coming from just off the pace and storming home over 870m a fortnight ago.

Up in class but the extra distance will suit and little Jimmy O will be looking to take up a forward spot from the good barrier. Tornado reckons if you back this one each way you may just get an excellent sight for your money.

Race 4 – Boomwa

The most intriguing runner of the day at Doomben, bar none.

A winner of the G3 Maribyrnong Stakes, runner up in the Inglis Classic, fifth in the G1 Blue Diamond and fourth in the VRC Sires juvenile when trained in Victoria by Robbie Laing, this one-time speed machine also competed credibly in the G1 VRC Lighting as a 2-year old before going on to run 3rd in the G3 Vain over 1100m at Caulfield and 5th in the $400 000 Inglis Classis at Scone as a three-year-old.

The gelding’s form tapered off as 4-year-old and he was transferred to gifted young trainer Henry Dwyer who appeared to have him back on track with a 2nd and 4th in town Melbourne at his first 2 starts for the stable, but clearly Boomwa has some major problems because he had to sent back to the paddock after those 2 runs and Dwyer couldn’t get him humming again, so connections sent the horse up to renowned Territorian horseman Gary Clarke in Darwin to see what he could do.

Boomwa had 3 starts on the oil at Fannie Bay for a promising first up second and an impressive win at odds on over 1100m but then ran into problems again at his last start when stepping up to 1200m and got beaten half the lentgth of the straight, running second last beaten 25 length with only the bronze statue of Buffering’s brother finishing behind him.

Tornado was asked to take the gelding on shortly after that run, and if the Toowoomba young gun’s magic touch can’t get this gay deceiver going then surely the next stop is the last one and we’ll see him racing out his career in Betoota.

Our bloke says that Boomwa’s very nicely up on the table top, thank you very much, and advises that while the horse might never reach the heady heights of his 2-year-old days again, Tornado’s quietly confident the one time star will perform well first-up with the featherweight of 53.5kg – Mickey the Kid’s taking the full 3kg off – on the tight Doomben track against ordinary opposition or backmarkers, and if the track is playing to front runners suggests that Boomwa might be worth a small speculative investment.

Race 9 – Maybe Even Too (runs now in Gold Coast Race 8)

Scratched after drawing a horror alley, just like his stablemate Margot earlier in the day. I like trainers who elect not to chew up their horses from wide barriers and cause punters heartache, so full kudos to the Tornado for adopting this strategy.

So it’s an early finish in town and a quick 2-hour dash back up the hill and then we’re back in Tornado turf and ready to go at Clifford Park,but before we kick off there we’ve got the scratched Maybe Even Too running in the last at the Coast.

I’ve had a stern word with the Tornado about his failure to leg Laura Cheshire up on his only stable runner in the city of sand and surf but he advises that the lithe animal-loving gun lady hoop wouldn’t answer his calls – which when you take a look at their respective mugs is probably no surprise in this world of class rated handicaps – so Luke Rolls takes the mount instead.

Tornado advises that if the track avoids the predicted drenching Maybe Even Too’s an excellent each way chance, although after some debate he did concede that it would have been a certainty with Laura legged up, although he himself would have remained at long odds to even finish in the placings.

Don’t worry Tornado, not everyone can have Archie’s looks and charm son. You’ll be right though, we’ve just got to get you down to the Barber’s and over to Harrison’s for the secret blend of Geebung hair and Ascot style and your love life will suddenly come alive and be just Exo old mate, don’t you worry about that.

Next up, we’re off to the range.


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