Gem out to sparkle in Sires
TOOWOOMBA filly Gem Of Scotland will look to turn her fortunes around in her bid to give trainer Rex Lipp a second Queensland Sires Produce Stakes success at Eagle Farm today.
Gem Of Scotland will look to follow in the footsteps of Lipp's filly Star Shiraz when she tackles this afternoon's $400,000 Group Two event.
Star Shiraz took out the 1400-metre two-year-old feature for Lipp in 2004 before being edged out in the Group One TJ Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm nine days later.
Gem Of Scotland posted an unbeaten run of four wins before finishing a luckless second behind Perudo in last Saturday's Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
The Rothesay youngster turned in one of the runs of the day after racing wide at the tail from an outside gate before going under by a nose.
Gem Of Scotland was again out of luck at Wednesday's Sires barrier draw where she came up with alley 14 in the 15-horse field.
Lipp will now rely on luck, jockey Jimmy Orman's judgement and the wider spaces of Eagle Farm working in Gem Of Scotland's favour today.
"She's pulled up as good as I had hoped after last week, or else she wouldn't be running," Lipp said yesterday.
"You wouldn't believe coming up with outside alleys two weeks in a row, but that's what we've got to deal with now.
"She had no luck at all last Saturday.
"There wasn't a lot of speed on and they didn't string out as much as we would have hoped and everything went against her.
"I'll leave it up to Jimmy on what to do tomorrow.
"She has got good gate speed but you can't predict how races might pan out.
"Hopefully over the bigger stretches of Eagle Farm she can manage to settle midfield somewhere.
"But it all comes down to luck on the day for her now."
# LEADING Toowoomba jockey Nozi Tomizawa is a Clifford Park scratching tonight as he prepares to depart tomorrow for a three-month riding stay in Japan.
Tomizawa escaped serious injury in a post-race two-horse fall from Hey Doll at Moree on Thursday but is unfit to fulfil his Toowoomba book.
"Nothing is broken but unfortunately the second horse that fell ran over me and I've got a lot of bruising," he said.
"I had a sharp pain around my pelvis which I broke earlier this year and I was taken to hospital to be checked out.
"I get the results of a CT scan today but I should be right to leave for Japan on Sunday."