Tinto to Target 2014 Caulfield Cup in Spring

June 26th, 2014

Breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) on May 31st, trainer Rex Lipp has revealed a trip to Victoria to contest the major Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th is on the cards for classy mare Tinto during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Tinto will target the 2014 Caulfield Cup during the Spring Racing Carnival

Tinto will target the 2014 Caulfield Cup during the Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Daniel Costello

Returning to racing in great form over the 2014 autumn, Tinto more than stamped her claims as one to watch in the lead-up to the Caulfield Cup when winning the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on the Gold Coast on May 3rd and finishing second in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) prior to her Oaks triumph.

While not completely sold on the Red Dazzler filly being a genuine contender over 2400 metres against the country’s best, Lipp said she will be nominated for the Caulfield Cup nevertheless.

“There’s nothing here in Queensland, so we’ll definitely have to go down south,” Lipp said.

“We’ll probably look to go to Caulfield for some early fillies and mares races in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival for sure.

“If she comes back to what we think she is, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup will be definitely be the one in our minds.

“We will just have to find the lead up races to that sort of thing and see how she goes.

“Whether she’s a genuine 2400m horse only time will tell.

“You have to bear in mind with Arabian Gold; I wasn’t overly confident it’d run the 2400m out and it ran second.

“So just how strong the Queensland Oaks is over 2400 remains to be seen, but this filly is very good over 2000m anyway.”

Securing three wins and two minor places from just 13 competitive race starts, Tinto was unlucky to be blocked for a run and eighth in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm most recently, and has since returned for a brief stint in the spelling paddock ahead of the 2014 Spring.

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