SALLY Torrens steps out for the first time with a runner at the gallops today.
The noted Gunnedah reinswoman, one of the leading trainer-drivers in Northern Inland pacing for more than two decades, starts Subtract at today’s Tamworth Jockey Club meeting.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Torrens said.
“With the prizemoney so different, it gives me an opportunity to see how it goes and have a crack.”
The former Victorian mare jumps from barrier eight in the TD’s Paint Right Maiden Handicap (1200m), the third race on today’s program (2.18pm).
Tamworth apprentice Sophie Young will ride the four-year-old daughter of Al Samer, who was fifth at Kilmore in a 1450m fillies and mares race on January 5.
“I’ve only had her a month,” Torrens said.
“I might not be doing the right thing but we’ll know a lot more after the race.
“Training them (pacers to gallopers) is totally different.
“I’ve been lucky.
“Kellie Mackney has been helping me and she goes back to Dawn Kelly (noted local thoroughbred trainer).
“I wish I’d done this when Dawnie was going around.”
Subtract will also carry her father’s famous colours – yellow with a brown sash and yellow cap.
They became famous through the brilliant careers of pacers such as Koara Power (37 wins), Koara Attack (24 wins), Jillawindy (18 wins) and Tamworth Cup winner Salandy.
“They were great days,” Torrens remembered.
“I wish we could have them back.
“Koara Power had something like a 50 per cent winning record – he won almost every second time he raced.”
While the pacers have been good to the Torrens family, there is some “galloping” history there too.
“I’ve never had a galloper before but my grandfather, Claude Snape, had them,” Torrens said.
“Dad (Graeme Torrens) was always interested but never had the time.”
She has the time to poke around with Subtract.
“I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing or not.
“There’s a couple of horses that go pretty well in this race.
“I’ll be happy if she finishes amongst them.
“It’s just a big learning path for me.”
Torrens admits it’s not a “one-off” fling.
She hopes it might lead to a more serious training venture in the thoroughbred side of racing.
Meeting her jockey, Sophie Young, for the first time at the Golden Guitar Final night last Friday was also good.
The pair staged a demonstration “race” where one rode a trotter and the other a pacer.
“It was a good bit of fun,” Torrens said of a “deadheat”.
“I think it went off well – everyone seemed to like it.”
Young rides well too, she said, and hopes she can add up to success with Subtract today.