Tinto out to deliver Downs a second Group One victory
TOOWOOMBA filly Tinto has the chance to cap a memorable seven days for Cambooya's Eureka Stud when she lines up as one of the strong fancies in tomorrow's Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm.
Eureka will be looking to breed Group One winners on successive Saturdays with Tinto in the $400,000 Oaks following Spirit Of Boom's Doomben 10,000 victory last Saturday.
Tinto was bred by Eureka's Grania McAlpine who races the Red Dazzler-Truly Brave three-year-old with her friend and first-time race horse owner Annabelle Raff from Pittsworth.
Tinto is the early second favourite for tomorrow's race where she'll be out to repay the faith of her trainer Rex Lipp.
Lipp earmarked Tinto as a Winter Carnival prospect during her second preparation late last year and is now banking on his judgement carrying the day in the Oaks.
"When we sat down at the beginning of this prep we decided we would go one way, or the other with her," Lipp said.
"It was going to be the Oaks or the Guineas (1400m).
"We pushed on to the Oaks and here we are."
Tinto completed her trouble-free Oaks preparation with an eye-catching second behind tomorrow's race favourite Arabian Gold in The Gold Rose (2000m) at Doomben two weeks ago.
The pair gapped their rivals that day in impressive Oaks trials.
Tinto tomorrow has to successfully make the step from 2000 to 2400 metres on the bigger Eagle Farm track as she looks to turn the tables on Arabian Gold.
But Lipp said the indications are she'll see out the extra journey.
"I've very happy with her and she's trained on since Doomben which is the main thing," Lipp said.
"It was a very nice run in the Roses after she was bumped by the winner.
"Of course the question now is the 2400 metres. You don't know until you try them but I'm confident she'll see it out okay.
"We just hope for a bit of luck and we'll see what happens."