Rex Lipp’s Group 1 winning mare Tinto has opened top of the odds to continue her good summer form with a win in Saturday’s Goldmarket Handicap 2015 at the Gold Coast.
The four-year-old daughter of Red Dazzler will be on a very short three day turnaround following a New Year’s Eve win under the lights at Toowoomba on Wednesday’s night in the Listed City Of Toowoomba Bernborough Handicap (1625m).
There the local champion, best known for her classy Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) win over Arabian Gold at Eagle Farm back in late May, defeated the Graeme Boyd-trained Tarloshan by three-quarters of a length in her first win this time in.
It followed two good black-type placings at Doomben including a second-up third to Tarloshan in the Listed Just Now Handicap (1350m) 18 days earlier.
Now she’ll be put to the test again this time at the Gold Coast Racecourse in the $100,000 Listed Carlton Draught Goldmarket Handicap (1300m), a track she boasts a lovely record over.
Tinto has had three runs at the course on the ‘Glitter Strip’ for two wins, most recently taking out the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on a Heavy (8) track from the outside barrier (14) on May 3, two runs before her Oaks success.
Allocated 58kg, the same weight she carried to victory in the Bernborough earlier in the week, she will likely to be ridden by Timothy Bell once again.
Bell was aboard for her Toowoomba win but was originally engaged to partner the Tony Gollan-trained Someday, last seen running fourth to Big Money in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) on December 20, in the Goldmarket Handicap.
Someday has since been scratched from the field, which is now down to 11 starters, freeing up Bell for the ride on the Bernborough winner again.
Drawn in barrier eight, now into seven, Tinto pays $3 after firming in from $3.50 in the current Goldmarket Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
She is followed in the markets by two other single figure hopes with the rails-drawn Cum Dividend ($5) and notable market mover Dalf ‘N’ Alf ($6 in from $8).
The Liam Birchley-trained Show A Heart gelding Cum Dividend won a Benchmark 85 handicap over 1200m at Doomben on November 29 before his third in the Lough Neagh when carrying 54kg, a kilo less than his weight for Saturday.
Widely drawn in barrier 10, Greg Wehlow’s in-form Dalf ‘N’ Alf meanwhile shoots for his fifth win from five starts, the six-year-old son of Longhorn’s latest effort being on a Heavy (9) Gold Coast track from December 27 over 1400m with 55.5kg.
He’s down to the 54kg minimum on Saturday, is undefeated over the distance with two previous 1300m starts and also has a good record at the track (4-1-2-0).
The next best in Goldmarket Handicap betting are then the Robert Heathcote-trained 59kg top weight Riva De Lago ($10) who hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill when prepared by Chris Waller back in September of 2013, Kempelly ($11) drawn well in gate two, Kelly Schweida’s Lonhro six-year-old Soros ($11) and Gollan’s remaining hopeful Gundy Sun ($12).
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