Queensland Oaks winner Tinto will take on the older horses when she lines in the Group 3 $200,000 Carlton Draught Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Tinto hasn’t raced for a month since winning the Group 1 $400,000 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on May 31 but should have no problems handling the 2200m.
The Rex Lipp trained filly has drawn the inside barrier in the field of twelve with Tim Bell to continue his association with the Toowoomba three year old.
Tinto showed that she is loaded with staying potential and while Lipp was originally eyeing off a Spring Carnival campaign, he will now send her to the paddock after Saturday’s test against at the older stayers and concentrate on the Magic Millions carnival in January and then onto the Autumn and Winter Carnivals.
“She has had a long campaign going into the Oaks and she really wouldn’t have had a long enough spell had we decided to go to Melbourne,” Lipp told AAP.
“I sat down with the owners and we decided she could run in the Tatt’s, have a spell and then come back for the Stayers Cup at the Magic Millions in January.”
“There are plenty of races for her and why knock her around after she has done such a good job. She is tough but you don’t want to overdo it with horses like her.”
Top Tattersall’s Cup fancy Pretty Pins from the John Thompson stable has been racing consistently throughout the Brisbane Winter Carnival and will jump from barrier two with Ryan Wiggins to ride again.
Wiggins has been aboard Pretty Pins for all of her four Winter Carnival outings including a win in the Group 3 $125,000 Landfill Logistics Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben on May 10.
The Pins mare hasn’t been far off the mark since with a third to Zephyron in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on May 24 and a fourth to Floria in the Group 2 $300,000 Croser Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
Flemington trainer Mike Moroney is backing up Garud after the six year old finished fifth as favourite behind Brave Ali in the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich last Saturday.
Michael Cahill will again be aboard Garud who has drawn near the outside at nine.
Kiwi stayer Military Move gets his chance to win back to back races after returning to the winner’s circle last start after beating Carn in the $100,000 XXXX Gold Toowoomba Cup (2150m) at Toowoomba on June 1.
Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon has been Military Move’s regular rider during this Winter campaign and will steer the Shaune Richie trained gelding around again in the Tattersall’s Cup.
Military Move has done the bulk of his racing in Hong Kong since winning the 2010 Group 1 Telecom New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie but has been back in the Richie stable for the last twelve months.
Glen Boss has picked up the ride on the Peter Moody trained Wish Come True (barrier 11) who was sent to Brisbane after winning over 2040m at Moonee Valley on June 7.