Rex Lipp-trained Tinto held-off Paris Match to record just the second win of her racing career in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) at the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Tinto and Paris Match cleared away from the rest of the field when they were asked for an extra effort in the straight and Paris Match looked as though she had gotten her nose in front, but Tinto fought back in the shadows of the post to score a tight win.
Tinto made her racing debut with a win in the Sky Racing Plate (1200m) at the Gold Coast on March 16 last year and was sent for a lengthy stint in the spelling paddock after she finished fourth in the Hidden Dragon At Lyndhurst Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 1.
She returned to the races with a fair fifth place finish behind Rudy in the Hardy Brothers Jewellers Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on November 30 and performed fairly in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at the same venue a fortnight later before finishing her summer campaign with fourth place finishes in the Strathayr Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba on New Year’s Eve and the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Tinto was given a brief stint in the spelling paddock and resumed with a narrow second in the RMA Engineers Handicap (1100m) at Toowoomba on March 22 and did not perform at her best in the Novotel Brisbane Airport Plate (1400m) at Eagle Farm on April 5 and the Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) at the same venue on April 19 before the Gold Coast Bracelet today.
Paris Match was narrowly denied a maiden race win in Queensland, but will have the chance to turn-the-tables on Tinto during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival; with both horses included in the nominations for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on May 31.
The Street Cry filly has only scored one win in her seven race starts to date, but was far from disgraced in both the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange on March 23 and the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 12.
Asadauskaite finished third from a large group of horses almost four lengths back from the winner and Shaune Ritchie-trained Chop Chop was only fair in her Australian racing debut.