Tinto looking to measure up in Coolmore mission
TOOWOOMBA mare Tinto can move another notch up the Australian racing tree when she chases a second Group One victory at Rosehill tomorrow.
Tinto will look to add to her Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) victory last winter in the $600,000 Coolmore Classic over 1500 metres.
She is listed as an early $16 chance with Tattsbet behind $1.80 favourite First Seal.
Tinto made an eye-catching Sydney debut last Saturday week when she worked solidly to the line from last early for a 3½-length sixth behind Danesiri in the Group Three Guy Walter (1400m) at Warwick Farm.
That was her first outing since winning the Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Trainer Rex Lipp said Tinto has continued to do everything right stabled at Randwick with Peter Moody and he's looking to get a gauge tomorrow on her future Sydney carnival prospects.
"She's good," Lipp said yesterday from Randwick.
"Everything is going forward with her and I couldn't be happier with her at this stage.
"Her first-up run down here was enormous and we found out that day she is up to that level of horse.
"Some rain now would be nice.
"The track could be hard otherwise and she's never had to race on hard tracks, but that is something we can't control."
The Doncaster (1600m) and Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) shape as other possible autumn targets if Tinto can run up to the expectations of connections tomorrow.
"We won't know until after tomorrow where we might be headed next," Lipp said.
"It could be the Doncaster, the Queen Elizabeth or Queen Of The Turf, or we could come home with our tail between our legs."