Talented Time to Torque is an example of how Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty and her husband Gary are reaping the benefits of breeding as well as buying their racehorses.
Time to Torque, the winner of three of his eight races, will step up to stakes company in the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.
The Doughtys bred Time to Torque out of their former handy race mare Eminence Grise, who they sent to leading Queensland stallion Show A Heart.
“I trained Eminence Grise and she was Group Three placed. We took her over as a broodmare and she has been very successful for us,” Kelly Doughty said.
“We have had a few other race mares we have been successful with as broodmares.”
“It may take three years to get a foal to the races but once you get a good broodmare she can produce a long line of horses for you.”
“Time to Torque’s full brother Black Cash got through to open company and was a Melbourne winner. Eminence Grise now has a yearling, soon to be two-year-old, by Jet Spur who is showing some potential.”
Doughty believes Time to Torque may have more natural ability than Black Cash.
“On what he has shown us I am confident he won’t be out of place on Saturday in the Guineas,” she said.
“His last start win at Doomben showed he likes to win. He was fifth on the turn on a day they weren’t making ground but he really tried hard and got up to win.
“Whether it is this year or next year we are looking at taking Time to Torque to Melbourne for the greys race series.”
Meanwhile, Doughty has decided to back up last week’s Eagle Farm winner Flamboyer in the Listed Glasshouse Hcp (1400m) in preference to the Ramornie at Grafton the following week.
“He is a horse who likes to get out and roll along in the lead. He drops from the 59kg he had in the Eagle Farm win to 54 and the track is always a bit softer at Caloundra, likes that,” Doughty said.
“We felt the Ramornie may have been a too high-pressure race for his style.”