WITH five winners for the month already alongside his name, Charlton trainer John Tormey is hoping that his winning run can continue this week.
Tormey has Lara Bay engaged at Mildura on Thursday night, while Sheer Modern will make the trek to Kilmore later in the week for Saturday's metropolitan meeting.
Both horses have contributed to the trainer's impressive July strike rate, with Sheer Modern winning at Mildura on July 9 and Lara Bay scoring at Shepparton two days later.
Two of Tormey's three other wins have come courtesy of Glens Of Tekoa, with the in-form six-year-old pacer notching up his third win in four starts with a victory at Cranbourne last Sunday.
The momentum continued on Tuesday night at Melton when driver Ellen Tormey engineered a brilliant from last to first win aboard the four-year-old Awesome Ollie.
The long-time trainer and Charlton Harness Racing Club committee member credited his daughter Ellen, who notched up her 700th career win in the sulky last week aboard Joeys Hangover for Heathcote trainer Terry French, for the bulk of his stable's success.
"She does more work than me, so she can take most of the credit," he said.
"She certainly does the hard yards, but the team has been going well, especially Glens Of Tekoa.
"He hasn't been too bad for a $500 purchase. He's won over $20,000 since we got him, so he's been a bloody good purchase."
The son of Lincoln Royal and Supreme Holmes has been by far the biggest contributor to Tormey's run of six winners from his last 28 runners, with a pair of successes at Cranbourne and one at Shepparton.
"He'd won a few races before we got him, but had been racing up at Menangle and got back on a easy mark," he said.
"I thought there might be a couple of wins, but it's turned out to be more than a couple."
Eighteen starts in total for the Tormeys since January have produced six wins and eight placings, with young gun Jack Laugher taking the reins in all but one of the wins."
A continuing association with Lara Bay, who Ellen drove on several occasions for the mare's former trainer Glenn Douglas during last year's regional racing period, has yielded four wins in 13 starts this season for the Tormeys.
Formerly trained in New South Wales, Awesome Ollie was having only his third start for Tormey on Tuesday, with the gelding racking up a pair of seconds in his first two runs at Melton and Mildura.
He was purchased from the same group of owners, who sold Lara Bay.
Having already gone past last season's tally of 13 winners by three in 2021, Tormey is hoping to extend his run of fortune as a few new horses make their way into the ranks.
"It's probably as good as it's been since Ellen left (Charlton); she was here when she was 18 and 19 and we had a couple of decent years with not very big teams," he said.
"But nothing since has been as good as it has been this year."
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