When Kate Gath left Port Pirie as a teenager, seventeen years ago, bound for the big smoke, she took with her lofty ambitions and plans.
These were the words of journo Michael Howard in 2016 after Kate and her husband, Andy had been to Pirie and taken home the riches from the Port Pirie Cup and she had driven the winners of five of the races on the programme.
Almost three years on this slight little lady has added quite a few notches to her belt.
Last Saturday night at Melton, Kate Gath came as close as anyone could in reaching their dreams.
She drove the winner of the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship, Tornado Valley, becoming in that moment the first woman, ever, to finish first in this great race.
The Melton Harness Racing Club had been packed to the brim with spectators waiting for the biggest events in Harness Racing of the year to be run.
Kate said, “ To win the Inter Dominion tonight blows my mind. It’s the race everyone wants to win and I’ve won one. I can’t believe how lucky I am in my career to win the races I have won. It’s astonishing”.
Andy had said that it was the ultimate to win an Inter Dominion.
Tornado Valley had drawn to the outside of the track, starting in the sixth barrier position.
By the 300 metre mark Kate had him to the front of the field.
There had been a couple of dinkum challengers but Tornado Valley had held them all off.
It had been Sky Petite, however, who had given him the biggest shake.
As they had entered the straight, Sky Petite had loomed from a three wide position and pulled to the outside of Tornado Valley.
But it had been Tornado Valley and Kate Gath’s night as together they loomed across the line in first position, winners of the 2018 Inter Dominion Trotter’s Championship.
The Schweppes Pace Final had been the event prior with Kate driving the winner Star of Memphis, also trained by husband Andy.
This had been the first of her double win of the evening.
Kate Gath – a Port Pirie bred girl – living the dream.