Trainer Rex Lipp has been thrilled with Tinto through her current racing preparation and is confident the mare is a much better chance of success in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens than she was in 2015.
Tinto tracked well into the most recent edition of the Coolmore Classic but was unlucky to be blocked for a run early in the straight and faded to finish seventh; though only three lengths off the pace of winner Plucky Belle.
While fading late for seventh in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago, Lipp is confident the Red Dazzler mare has taken plenty of benefit from the run and is primed for a big performance in the 2016 Coolmore Classic.
“I’m much happier with her this year than I was this time last year, that’s for sure,” Lipp told AAP.
“She didn’t really settle into Sydney at all when I kept her down there.
“She is a good traveller and this time we have brought her back home and she hasn’t looked back since the Guy Walter.
“It was a very good run because it was upside down for her after being caught wide and she was only beaten a couple of lengths.
“She is well overdue for a change of luck.”
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Queensland Oaks (2400m), Tinto has been a standout for Lipp since first appearing on course competitively in 2013; posting seven wins and five minors through 25 career starts.
Resuming in November for seventh in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m), Tinto clearly required the run when 12th in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on November 28th but responded well with a close second behind Happy Clapper in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) on December 12th.
Returning to winning form in the Origin Jockey Series Quality (1800m) on Boxing Day, Tinto successfully defended her crown in the Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) in her only other start prior to the Guy Walter Stakes.
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