Tornado Valley has run his last race for the preparation, with connections pulling up stumps on the pursuit of $1million in prizemoney for the time being.
Regular driver Kate Gath, the wife of trainer Andy, told thetrots.com.au that a decision had been made to give the champion squaregaiter a break following last weekend's third placing in the DNR Logistics Vulcan Trot at Tabcorp Park Melton.
The nine-year-old has so far fallen short in his bid to become just the ninth Australasian-bred trotter to reach the $1 million prizemoney mark, being beaten in his last three trips to the races. This has left the son of Skyvalley stuck on $996,797 in earnings.
"We've decided to give him a little break and give him one last go, so that's where he's at at the moment," Gath said.
"He's sort of been in work for a really long time. Even though he didn't race a lot prior to the Great Southern Star, we'd had him in work for a really long time trying to get him right.
"He'll have a decent break of a month or maybe a little bit longer and we'll give him one last go."
Gath said it was hard to know when retirement might be on the cards for the winner of 38 races.
"Obviously, we'd like to get to the million dollar mark. If he gets there and we are really happy with him and he goes really well, then (we will) probably look at keeping (him) going. But if he gets there and we think that he's got a few little niggling issues and has got older, we might just stop it there."
Tornado Valley is raced by prominent owner Norm Jenkin, who has had a long and successful association with the Gath stable.