Group One Winner Tinto Headlines Travel Associates Classic 2014

The Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) is one of two black-type races running at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday.

Queensland Oaks winner Tinto headlines the 31 nominations for the Listed Travel Associates Classic this Saturday.

Queensland Oaks winner Tinto headlines the 31 nominations for the Listed Travel Associates Classic this Saturday. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The fillies and mares plate for three-year-olds and up has accepted nominations on Monday morning, with 31 horses declaring for the race.

Headlining the large nomination field is the Rex Lipp-trained Tinto who is already a winner at the highest level of racing after taking out the Group 2 Queensland Oaks (2400m) back in May. The mare jumped away perfectly to be one off the fence outside the favourite. She tracked up wide at the 500 metre mark and had to make a long run to sweep up to the leaders. She clearly outstayed her rivals, finishing one and a half lengths clear of runner-up Arabian Gold.

The mare was then seen finishing eighth in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) in June. Tinto was allowed to roll into a midfield position one off the fence but struggled to quicken in time. She just battled over the last few 100m to finish three lengths off the winner.

Tinto has not been seen since that race, which means it’ll be over five months between runs if she makes the final field for the 2014 Travel Associates Classic.

Kris Lees’s Brook Road, who finished runner-up in the Group 3 Nivison (1200m) on October 18, and Listed Lancaster Stakes (1200m) winner Tales Of Fashion are other notable horses featured among the nominations for the race.

Little Brown Horse, Elusive Storm, and Discreet are three of the highest handicap rated nominations.

The Kelly Doughty-trained Little Brown Horse has finished in the placings in all five of her last starts, which included wins in the Solaria At Jupiters (1200m) and XXXX Handicap (1300m) back in June. The mare hasn’t been seen since June when she finished third in the Desleigh Forster Racing Handicap (1400m) in August.

Brian Smith’s Elusive Storm has finished first, second, and third in her three starts this campaign. The mare won the Bartons Bayside Handicap (1110m) first up before minor placings in both the Iveco Handicap (1200m) and Breakfast Creek Handicap (1350m) earlier this month.

Five-year-old mare Discreet has been unlucky in her campaign however, running in all the same races as Elusive Storm but finishing just outside the placings in each. Her last win was in the Madame Wu Handicap (1200m) on July 26.

Check out the full list of 2014 travel Associates Classic nominations below. The 31-strong field will need to be cut to a field limit of 16 plus 5 emergencies by Wednesday, when the final field is announced.

Check back at Races.com.au for all the latest news and updates leading into Saturday’s race.

2014 Travel Associates Classic Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADORABUBBLE Barry Lockwood 80
2 BEACH BABE Matthew Dunn 81
3 BREAKFAST IN BED David Vandyke
4 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees
5 COMMAND MORE Gerald Ryan
6 DARCEY Matthew Dunn 78
7 DIAMOND GLOW John, Dan & Chris Meagher 73
8 DISCREET Kelly Schweida 93
9 ELUSIVE STORM (NZ) Brian Smith 91
10 FAITH’N’COURAGE Tony Gollan 79
11 GALLINARI Bryan Dais 74
12 GREY COUNTESS Ben Currie 82
13 JUST A GIRL Chris Waller
14 KALAHARI PRINCESS Mark Taylor 76
15 LITTLE BROWN HORSE Kelly Doughty 92
16 MISS STASH Jennifer Fraser 81
17 MISS ZIZOU Gillian Heinrich 75
18 NORTHERN ZOOM Trevor Bailey 70
19 OH CANDY John, Dan & Chris Meagher 65
20 PLAYTIME Todd Austin 87.5
21 PRETTYFAMOUS (NZ) Mario Caltabiano 85
22 PURE REALITY Gillian Heinrich 68
23 QUEEN OF THE LOCHS Mick Mair 89
24 SARI Stuart Kendrick 80
25 SISTER EMMA Matthew Dunn 78
26 SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn 77.5
27 TALES OF FASHION Trevor Bailey
28 TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd
29 TEAR IT UP Tony Gollan 83
30 TINTO Rex Lipp 101
31 TUKIYO Lacey Morrison 86

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