Trainer Rex Lipp has confirmed that Tinto will contest the 2015 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 after she recorded an impressive victory in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup at the Gold Coast on January 10.
Lipp elected to skip the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with Tinto following her win in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) and that decision paid dividends; with the four-year-old performing strongly in all four of her race starts during her summer campaign.
Tinto returned to racing with a fast-finishing second behind Brook Road in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) at Doomben on November 29 and she finished third behind Tarloshan in the Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) at the same venue on December 13 before she return to winning form with a tough victory in the Listed Bernborough Stakes (1625m) at Toowoomba on New Year’s Eve.
The Red Dazzler mare was allocated the top weight of 59 kilograms in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup, but the heavy weight did not take away her acceleration and she stormed home to record a comfortable win from Our Boy Nicholas and Off The Rails.
Lipp told AAP that he was delighted with the performances of Tinto in both the Magic Millions Stayers Cup and the Bernborough Stakes and he confirmed that the Coolmore Classic as well as the Doncaster Mile were both on the agenda for Tinto.
“She won both of those and again showed her class,” Lipp said.
It is off for a short break now and then on to Sydney for the autumn.
“If she does need another run it will be in Sydney, there are plenty of lead-in races for her.
“There are a couple of options after the Coolmore, one is the Doncaster which should suit her very well.
“We have had a lot of fun with this mare but I am certain the best is yet to come.
“It wasn’t the greatest field at the Gold Coast on Saturday but she put them away like the class horse I know she is.”
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