Jockey Tim Bell's parents Grant and Keiley and partner Heidi meet with Tinto after her Magic Millions Trophy win at the Gold Coast today.
Jockey Tim Bell's parents Grant and Keiley and partner Heidi meet with Tinto after her Magic Millions Trophy win at the Gold Coast today. Magic Millions

Tinto stars in emotional Magic Millions victory

TOOWOOMBA mare Tinto will be aimed at a Sydney autumn carnival campaign after she charged to an emotional win today on the Gold Coast's $10 million Magic Millions race day.

Memories of the late Tim Bell were rekindled when Tinto ($4.20) rewarded a copybook ride from Damien Browne with her second successive win in the Magic Millions Trophy (1800m).

Bell partnered Tinto to success in last year's event and was the five-year-old's regular rider up until his accidental death in Singapore late last year.

Bell's parents and partner were present at today's meeting where they joined in the post-race presentations.

Tinto swept to the lead on straightening where she set up a winning break before being forced to pull out all stops to stave off a late charge from Feltre ($61) for a half-head victory.

Tinto's win was her seventh from 24 career starts for trainer Rex Lipp and her Darling Downs based owners Grania McAlpine and Annabelle Raff.

Today's $600,000 first prize cheque took the Eureka Stud-bred galloper's career earnings past $1.4 million.

Lipp praised Browne's display while remembering the emotional link Bell shared with Tinto during her early successes including the Group One Queensland Oaks and Bernborough Handicap at Clifford Park.

"He (Browne) couldn't have her any better," Lipp told Channel 7 in a post-race interview

"It was a perfect ride - 10 out of 10

"A terrific run, terrific ride, a great mare.

"That's a great effort.

"I'm sure Tim was riding up there with us."

Tinto will have a short break following today's victory in preparation for another Sydney feature tilt.

Her latest campaign included a second placing in the Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last month.

"It's on to the Autumn now," Lipp said.

# A half sister to Tinto was sold for $250,000 to Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida during tonight's final Book One session at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.



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