Winter is calling for Toowoomba's carnival hopefuls
STABLEMATES In His Stride and Our Beebee will be out to confirm their winter carnival paths when they join a large contingent of Toowoomba candidates at Saturday's Doomben feature meeting.
At total of 19 hopefuls from Toowoomba are entered for the eight-race card headed by the $100,000 Ascot Handicap (1200m) and $100,000 Tails Stakes (1600m).
Weetwood dead-heaters Jumbo Prince and Col 'N' Lil continue their return to racing in the Tails Stakes for trainers Michael Nolan and Ben Currie who also saddles Cantbuyetter in the race.
In His Stride is out to grab some carnival traction for trainer Rex Lipp in the Ascot Handicap with Lipp's four runners on Saturday including Our Beebee who will be looking to regain winning touch in the $100,000 Princess Stakes (1600m).
Our Beebee had her winning momentum halted at Doomben last Saturday with an unplaced effort over 1350 metres and Lipp will be looking for a better guide this week to her Queensland Guineas (1600m) prospects.
Brisbane jockey Michael Cahill replaces apprentice Bec Williams this week on Our Beebee.
"Nothing against Bec, she hasn't put a foot wrong on the filly but with bigger carnival races coming up it's a matter of going with the more experienced riders,” Lipp said yesterday.
"I was happy with her run last week, she hit a soft patch and floundered coming to the turn and lost about four lengths which put her out of the race.
"It was always the plan to back her up this week when we hope to get a better gauge on her over 1600 before deciding on a definite path with her.
"It's the same with In His Stride. We're hoping he's up to some of the better sprints over the carnival but if he doesn't quite measure up we'll have to look elsewhere with him.”