SALLY Torrens made a fairy- tale debut to her training career when Subtract raced away from her opposition to win yesterday’s TD’s Paint Right Maiden Handicap (1200m).
Four-year-old Subtract, a daughter of Al Samer, was five and six deep around the turn but that didn’t matter as Tamworth apprentice Sophie Young set sail for home and what was a two and a quarter length win from the Stephen Lennon-trained Dance Chelle.
Torrens, better known in the pacing ranks where she has trained and driven many winners, bought Subtract for $6000 last year and has had the former Victorian for about a month.
She and her father, Graeme, had always wanted to branch out and train “a galloper” but never got around to it until Sally took the plunge late last year.
“The $6000 looks cheap now,” Torrens said after Subtract’s first start ended in success.
Torrens was beaming and thanked Young and Kellie Mackney for their help.
“I’m so thrilled. I can’t believe it.
“Kellie has helped every step of the way.
“And Subtract is a real angel – real quiet to do anything with although she is a bit more highly strung than the trotters.
“But to win with my first starter is brilliant.”
Torrens , who has six pacers in work at the family property Braeside (near Gunnedah), has enjoyed the different training regime and admitted she really didn’t know if she was doing the right thing or not.
“I took him over for a couple of gallops with Kellie last week and she said he’s ready to race,” Torrens said as she headed off to the stables to help Mackney prepare her runner, Spaghetti Junction, in the fifth race.
Spaghetti Junction was unplaced behind Space Invader, who made it two wins from two starts for Scone trainer Luke Griffith.