Ian Corazzol dreams of being the first owner to breed a mother and daughter to win in the prestigious Group One Ladyship Mile in Sydney.
Fresh from winning the Listed $25,660 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes at Albion Park two Saturdays ago with Justalittle Torque, the 5-year-old then finished an unlucky seventh (no racing room) in Saturday’s Listed $25,770 Lucky Creed Open.
Now Corazzol wants to target the 2021 Group One $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle in February - the same fillies and mares race her mother, Torque In Motion, won in 2012.
“There’s not too many mares’ races for her up here and it would be so good to win that big race again. I don’t think there’s ever been a mother and daughter win the Ladyship.
“You are allowed to dream and this is rapidly becoming a realistic target. She (Justalittle Torque) has got better with age. She has such a lethal sprint on her, and because of that anything is possible,” Corazzol said.
Shane Graham drives Justalittle Torque for his father, Wayne, who trains her at Birnam. Graham Jnr also drove Torque In Motion to win in 2012.
That year she defeated Our Sixpence by 7.9m, and then in the 2013 edition of the 1,609m mobile, the finishing order was reversed with Luke McCarthy getting the chocolates by 1.8m.
“It’s just so good to have Shane back in the sulky after his lay-off. No-one drives this one (Justalittle Torque) like he does. He can drive her in front, just off the pace, or from back in the field.
“I wouldn’t want any other driver on her now he’s back. He provided me with my career highlight when Torque In Motion won the Ladyship Mile.
“Shane drove Justalittle Torque when she was a 2-year-old in 2017, and he’s now had six drives behind her this time in for three wins and two seconds,” Corazzol said.
Corazzol then paid a big tribute to Graham’s father and stable trainer, Graham.
“Wayne has done a great job training and conditioning this mare to run such slashing times week after week. He’s had her conditioned to run real very slick sectionals, not just once, but all season. He is truly an outstanding horseman.
” The 70-year-old Brisbane resident, who has imported and sold musical instruments for 40-plus years, said Justalittle Torque was the oldest daughter of the 2006 P B Bulville - Ella Palms (Speed King) mare, Torque In Motion.
She won 19 of her 38 starts between February 2010 and July 2013 for $380,203. The bay also placed 12 times and paced a 1:52.5 mile rate in the Group Three Robin Dundee Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle, in February 2012.
“The mare is based at Egmont Park, and left five foals – all of them fillies. I’d hate to think what a colt would be if she left one, because her girls show immense acceleration and speed.
“She’s in foal this year to Hurrikane Kingcole and we haven’t decide to who we will go to next breeding season. Justalittle Torque has been the best of them so far. She’s won 15 of her 68 starts and placed in 19 others for $138,422.
The Fleur De Lil was her first Listed or Group win. She recorded her fastest mile rate of 1:51.6 in that race,” he said.
Torque In Motion has also left a 4-year-old Sportswriter five-win mare, Torque Is My Girl; a 3-year-old Hurrikane Kingcole two-win filly, Torque Onetwothree; a 2-year-old Roll With Joe filly, Lets A Torque Deal; and an un-named Four Starzzz Shark weanling filly.
“We are not going to be stuck for a broodmare one day, are we? Sherryl (wife) and I have got Kevin Seymour to thank for Justalittle Torque,” Corazzol said.
He said Seymour had realised how good a broodmare, Torque In Motion was, he offered the Corazzols a free service to Egmont Park stallion, Mr Feelgood.
“I thought about it for a couple of days and then went back to Kevin and said I would take up the kind, but only on the condition that I pay for another service from one of his stallions. It’s just who I am. I believe in doing a favour for those that help me – and the Mr Feelgood – Torque In Motion cross has worked perfectly. This mare just keeps getting better with age,” he stressed.
Torque In Motion is the second of out foals (first race-horse) out of the no-win 1991 Speed King - Thelma Palms (Palms Romeo). Her most successful foal was Torque In Motion, but foal four – Its All Torque (by Tiger Woods) has won 11 races and her youngest foal - My Secret Torque (by Auckland Reactor) has so far won 13.
“It all started from her mother Thelma Palms (by Palms Romeo), who won nine races. She was the foundation mare, and from her I bred every second foal.
“Her fifth foal, Turbo Torque (1997 Fake Left gelding) never won a big Group race for us, but he did win a few Cups up north like the Rockhampton Cup. He was so tough and then went to Canada where he won his first three races for Darren McCall, and about 20 all-up over there.
"In the end he won 73 races and nearly $400,000, so my breed goes back to the mid-1990s,” Corazzol said.
Although he said he had been interested in harness racing all of his life, he said the term “torque” originated from his mate, Chris, who worked at Torque Ford at Redcliffe.
“He got me into a racing syndicate which included my first horse, Tricky Purple (1987 Shank Hanover five-win mare), who I bred on from. I used to buy cars off him and he asked me if I wanted to go in on the breed. I haven’t looked back since,” the astute Corazzol said.