It’s the intriguing Eagle Farm three-year-old race that has potential winter carnival pointers whichever way you look.
Can Gotta Kiss deliver on her undoubted potential?
Will the real Kisukano stand up?
Will we see the Apache Chase that turned in an astonishing win in the Vo Rogue Plate?
Can Mass Destruction frank Tony Gollan’s assessment that he could be a winter carnival contender?
But perhaps the most interesting of all might be if underrated Rex Lipp filly Tycoon Evie can run well and confirm herself on a path towards the Group 1 Queensland Oaks?
Saturday’s $125,000 3YO Quality Handicap is a 1200m dash – a far cry from The Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May 8 or the Group 1 Queensland Oaks over 2200m at Eagle Farm on June 5.
But wily Toowoomba trainer Lipp knows a thing or two about what it takes to win an Oaks.
Lipp, who claimed the Queensland Oaks with Tinto in 2014, believes Tycoon Evie can defy her sprinting pedigree.
Tycoon Evie is by Written Tycoon and is a full sister to Winning Rupert who was rated one of the country’s best sprinters winning five of his six starts before injury forced him into retirement.
Tycoon Evie has won three from eight and has put back-to-back wins together, claiming victories over 1400m and 1600m with her on-pace racing style.
Not having raced since February 20, and going into Saturday’s assignment without a trial or a jumpout, Lipp believes his filly may be vulnerable over 1200m.
Trainer Rex Lipp has Oaks plans for Tycoon Evie. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media
But he has bigger fish to fry.
“This filly is so relaxed and one thing I learned years ago listening to Tommy Smith and Neville Begg was the key to getting a horse to stay was for them to relax, it doesn’t matter whether they are leaders or backmarkers,” Lipp said.
“I think Tycoon Evie is actually more relaxed than Tinto was.
“She will go on towards the Princess Stakes and then the Gold Coast Bracelet and all going well, onto the Oaks – that’s the plan.
“She is probably a bit vulnerable over 1200m on Saturday as she hasn’t had a barrier trial or a jumpout going into this.
“I will leave it to Mark (Du Plessis) as to how he rides her, we have a nice barrier (the outside barrier, six) to be able to dictate if we want to.”
Punters don’t quite know which way to turn in Saturday’s six-horse race.
Gotta Kiss and Kisukano share favouritism at $3.70 with Mass Destruction on the next line of betting at $4, followed by Tycoon Evie at $4.60.
Apache Chase is a $6 hope. Queen Sweeper is the only one unwanted in betting at $23.
Originally published asSprint dash to shape Evie’s staying plans
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