GT horse-power at Doomben

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Gran Torino produced horse-power of a different kind at Doomben’s holiday meeting on Monday.

Gran Torino (4m Shovhog – Impediment by Canny Lad) has speed to burn and she claimed the chequered flag by three lengths in the BRC Ambassador Travel Hcp (1010m).

The winner is by former Raheen Stud sire Shovhog and is raced by Brisbane electrical contractor Peter Burnitt.  He named her after the 2008 movie of the same name starring Clint Eastwood and a 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

“She’s very smart was always good enough to win in town,” trainer Tony Sears said.  “We kept her around the provincials early on to build up her confidence and pick up some QTIS bonuses.

“But she suffered a bad colic attack last year and that set her back at bit.  She’s as good as gold now and we will keep coming back for sprints up to 1100 metres.”

Gran Torino was bred by Gainsborough Lodge and cost $20,000 at the 2009 Brisbane Bloodstock yearling sale.  Monday’s win improved her record to 5 wins in 15 starts for earnings of $87,000.

Shovhog (Danehill) stood the last six years of his stud career at Raheen and his Queensland bred progeny includes Adebisi, Beethog, Noisy Ocean, Tiger Pete and Rocket To Glory.

Gran Torino is from Impediment, an unraced Woodlands homebred who also foaled G2 AJC Light Fingers Stakes winner Street Smart (Lion Hunter).

Shovhog filly wins at Toowoomba last year
Photo / Trackside Photos