Toowoomba filly Tinto with (from left) Tricia Cross, Sarah Nelson and Juantee Fisk-Walsh at trainer Rex Lipp's stables today.
Toowoomba filly Tinto with (from left) Tricia Cross, Sarah Nelson and Juantee Fisk-Walsh at trainer Rex Lipp's stables today. Kevin Farmer

Spring carnival plans for Tinto after Queensland Oaks win

TOOWOOMBA three-year-old Tinto will take aim at some of Australia's spring riches after confirming her arrival as the Darling Downs' latest thoroughbred star.

Tinto placed herself in the top echelon of Australasia's staying fillies with a thrilling victory in yesterday's $400,000 Group One Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm.

Tinto turned the tables on Doomben Roses winner Arabian Gold in emphatic style when she charged to a 1½-length win over her Sydney rival for jockey Tim Bell at the finish of the testing 2400m Oaks journey.

The victory also proved a triumph for Clifford Park trainer Rex Lipp - who is recovering from recent heart surgery - and her Downs-based owners and breeders.

Tinto was bred at Cambooya's Eureka Stud by Grania McAlpine who races the daughter of Red Dazzler and Truly Brave with her friend Annabelle Raff.

Truly Brave was trained at Clifford Park by the late JJ Atkins for his long-time stable client Frank Snelling while Red Dazzler stands at Eureka.

Grania elected to retain and race Tinto after she failed to reach her reserve price at the 2012 Magic Millions sale.

Yesterday's win boosted her prize money kitty to $474,000.

Her win was Lipp's second Group One success in a decorated training career he kicked off at Clifford Park after working for the McAlpine family at Eureka.

It was also the first Group One win for a Toowoomba-trained horse since Captain Sonador for trainer Roger Milne in 2010.

Lipp said the thrill of the Oaks win ranks alongside his first Group One victory with Star Shiraz in the 2004 QTC Sires Produce Stakes (1400) at Eagle Farm.

He also paid tribute to his wife Ros and staff who helped complete Tinto's final race preparations while Lipp recovered from his health setback.

"I'm still very weak, but I'm getting there," Lipp said today.

"Ros and our staff did a great job helping out with this filly over the past couple of weeks

"The win is one of my biggest thrills and is right up there with Star Shiraz.

"You can never be certain but I was very confident she'd be strong at the end of 2400 metres and she really created a big impression.

"We'll put her away now and look to take her south in the spring."



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