The 59kg top weight and outside gate couldn’t stop Rex Lipp’s classy Group 1 winner Tinto at the Gold Coast Racecourse on Saturday with the four-year-old winning the Magic Millions Stayers Cup 2015 in fine style.
The four-year-old daughter of Red Dazzler became a Group 1 winner at Eagle Farm during the winter with her Queensland Oaks success over 2400m.
She was back in the winners’ stall third-up at Toowoomba then taking out the Listed Bernborough Handicap (16250m) on New Year’s Eve in her final run before the $170,000 Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m).
Peaking four runs in and relishing the step up to 1800m, Tinto was one of a host of runners that came from an outside gate at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions Day to win.
Jockey Timothy Bell retained the ride after his Bernborough success on the smart mare who has now won over $737,000 in prize money.
It was a brilliant ride too, Bell taking his time from the wide barrier 14 draw before crossing across to sit on the fence.
Rolling forward on the inside then, Tinto was fifth mid-race and stayed there tracking Danas Best into the finish.
She got off the fence as the field turned for home, the leader Tornado Miss getting swamped by her fast-finishing rivals including Tinto ($5) who flashed up the inside and put the pressure on the now-leading Our Boy Nicholas ($6).
Over the final 50m though it was all Tinto as she ran down the eventual Toby Edmonds-trained runner-up and beat Our Boy Nicholas home by a length and a half before Off The Rails ($7) finished a neck further back for third.
“Things went to plan for a change,” Bell said after the win.
“Credit to the horse but she’s a gem this one.
“With the 59.5kg she deserves every credit.”
The inside barriers were the worst on track on Saturday and that was certainly the case in the Stayers Cup for the Chris Waller-trained favourite Amovatio ($3.80) who from barrier one could only manage to finish five lengths away seventh.
Tinto’s Toowoomba-based trainer Lipp has since confirmed the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 as the resuming run for the Magic Millions Stayers Cup winner who could also target the 2015 Doncaster Mile on April 4 during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
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2015 Magic Millions Stayers Cup Results
Gold Coast Racecourse – Saturday January 10, 2015
|1||1||TINTO||Rex Lipp||Timothy Bell||–||14||59kg||$5|
|2||5||OUR BOY NICHOLAS||Toby Edmonds||James McDonald||1.5L||4||54kg||$6|
|3||7||OFF THE RAILS||Bjorn Baker||Christian Reith||1.9L||11||54kg||$7|
|4||6||DANAS BEST||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2L||13||54kg||$4.60|
|5||15e||CASARATI||Bruce W Hill||Matthew McGuren (a)||4.3L||2||54kg||$51|
|6||10||TORNADO MISS||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||4.7L||6||54kg||$21|
|7||2||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||5.1L||1||56.5kg||$3.80F|
|8||18e||CRAMMING||John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla||5.2L||5||54kg||$71|
|9||14||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Tim Clark||7L||3||54kg||$26|
|10||8||EQUISSENTIAL||Neville Saunders||Luke Tarrant (a)||8.8L||8||54kg||$41|
|11||4||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||8.9L||12||54kg||$51|
|12||9||BLACK JET||Liam Birchley||Glen Colless||11.4L||9||54kg||$16|
|13||11||ROYAL JESTER||Liam Birchley||Chris Munce||13.9L||10||54kg||$41|
|14||17e||CABALLO RAPIDO||David Murphy||Jeff Lloyd||15.4L||7||54kg||$61|
|–||19e||GENTLEMAN JACK||Brad Herne||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||16e||TRY FOUR||Col Williamson||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||GOLDSLICK||Liam Birchley||Michael Cahill||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||KISS ME DEADLY||Matt Kropp||Eddie Wilkinson||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||UNIQUE||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|