First winner by Metaldale

Torridon Lodge owner James Ainslie received a timely tonic for back surgery when Torridale won the Westspeed Maiden (1000m) at Belmont on Wednesday.

Torridale (4g Metaldale – Anitas by Sir Tristram) landed a brave barrier-to-box victory at his first start for over a year.  Having his initial start for Keysbrook trainer Robin Elliot, he defeated the favourite Sequalo System (Sequalo) and fast-finishing Portes Cadoux (Bletchley Park) by more than a length.

Ainslie celebrated on several counts.  He bred and part-owns the winner and stands his sire Metaldale at Torridon Lodge in Serpentine.

The Scottish born studmaster races Torridale with Nakita Richards and Geoff van de Molen who broke him in.  “We probably rushed Torridale early on,” Ainslie admitted.  “He went straight from being educated into a trial but was still maturing.  We brought him back for the winter season last year and then sent him out again for another long spell.”

Ainslie stands Metaldale at the family’s 130 acre stud which is also home to equestrian horses.  His wife Jill is an international dressage coach and the property includes a show jumping arena.

Metaldale is by former Mungrup Stud champion Metal Storm (Kenmare).  “He won five races in Perth and was G2 placed in the 2004 Karrakatta Plate,” Ainslie said.  “But he only served a few mares last year because I was laid up with a bad back.

“Torridale is his only starter so far but we have some lovely young ones coming through.  We will stand him for a $2,200 fee this year.”

Broodmare owners can contact Ainslie on (08) 9525 2374.

Torridon Lodge sire was represented by his first winner on Wednesday