Tinto’s Oaks bid boosted by inside barrier draw
THE prospects of Toowoomba filly Tinto in Saturday's Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm received a welcome boost at yesterday's race barrier draw.
Tinto's task in the $400,000 Oaks has been aided by a barrier-six draw in the capacity 18-horse field.
Tinto has been one of the form runners for trainer Rex Lipp in the lead-up to Saturday's three-year-old staying test and today is listed as the race $7 second favourite behind Sydney filly Arabian Gold.
Arabian Gold, the early $2.50 favourite, drew barrier one.
Tinto and Arabian Gold clashed in their final Oaks lead-up runs at Doomben last Saturday week.
Tinto finished strongly for a 1¼-length second to Arabian Gold in the Group Two Roses over 2000 metres.
The barrier draw news wasn't so good for the connections of Toowoomba two-year-old Jumbo Prince who is looking to take his promising Clifford Park form to Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Jumbo Prince is scheduled to make his city debut for trainer Michael Nolan in the Listed KRA Busan The Phoenix (1400m) but his hopes haven't been aided by a 14-alley draw in the field of 16.
Weetwood Handicap winner Typhoon Red has also drawn the outside 15 alley for his Eagle Farm assignment in the Spear Chief Handicap (1500m).