In-form Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp has the golden touch in the city lately and the Group 1-winning horseman believes a mare once rated as one of Queensland’s best can storm back to her best on the big stage on Saturday.
Lipp enjoyed a hugely successful outing when he sent Group 1 Queensland Oaks prospect Tycoon Evie and old stager In His Stride to the races at Eagle Farm last Saturday and both won at $4.60 and $31 respectively.
Three weeks earlier and the veteran trainer, who won the 2014 Group 1 Queensland Oaks with Tinto, scooped a handsome payday when Simply Fly won the $500,000 QTIS 3YO Jewel.
Now Lipp believes it’s the turn of Gem Of Scotland to make a statement and burst back into the winner’s stall at Doomben on Saturday.
Gem Of Scotland looked like she had a huge future when she won six of her first nine starts but then suffered a serious hip injury which went close to not only ending her racing career but also ending her life.
Thankfully, she made a full recovery and after almost a year off the scene has returned with two runs in 2021, finishing an eye-catching third on the Sunshine Coast first-up before having nothing go right in a $125,000 race on the Gold Coast.
Rex Lipp picked up a double at Eagle Farm last Saturday. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
From what he sees at trackwork, Lipp is close to certain his now four-year-old mare can recapture her former best and get back to her winning ways in the Class Six Plate (1350m) on Saturday.
“I can tell you she is firing – she is good,” Lipp said.
“I am 90 per cent sure she will get back to her best but I will know more after Saturday.
“She probably should have won first-up and then just nothing went right for her second-up.
“She is just hitting a little bit of a flat spot in her races so I have now used some gear changes on her now and they may be the answer.
“A nose band goes on her and also a tongue tie.
“All going well she will head towards the Silk Stocking (Listed 1400m race for fillies and mares on the Gold Coast on May 8).”
Lipp has Simply Fly entered at Doomben on Saturday but the talented gelding is not certain to run in the 3YO Quality Handicap after being slugged with the weight impost of 60.5kg.
Lipp also has a decision to make with impressive two-year-old Balmaurice who easily won his only start at Eagle Farm over 1200m on January 14.
The Doomben track was rated a Heavy 10 on Wednesday and Lipp admits it wouldn’t be ideal racing the son of Maurice if the track is wet.
Simply Fly is chasing six straight wins but is no certainly to run this Saturday. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
However the prospect of hot weather with no rain in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday – plus the need to race the two-year-old if Lipp wants to get him into good races over the looming winter carnival – may see him run on Saturday.
Lipp has accepted with Balmaurice for the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m).
“He won pretty easy first-up and you now you couldn’t get (jockey) Ben Thompson off his back with a sledgehammer,” Lipp said.
“This horse is a chance of being a carnival horse but we have just got to probably win a couple of races first to get into some of those better races. He could certainly run a mile, this horse.
“We are probably behind the eight-ball a little bit with him, but that’s just the way it has panned out.”
Meanwhile, Lipp confirmed eight-year-old In His Stride has staved off retirement and earned himself at least one more start.
The veteran of 84 starts was set to be retired after racing last Saturday but produced a shock win.
Originally published asLipp hopes golden run will rub off on Gem
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