By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rex Lipp will seek guidance from experienced rider Michael Cahill to help determine Our Beebee’s winter carnival mission after the filly backs-up in the Listed Princess Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Cahill replaces regular rider, apprentice Rebecca Williams, who has ridden Our Beebee (pictured) at her past four starts for three wins.
Our Beebee blotted her copybook when eighth to Deep Image against her own age group at Doomben last Saturday.
“Bec has done nothing wrong but we’ve gone with experience as we want to get a guide on where we should go with the filly for the winter carnival,” Lipp said.
“It wasn’t Bec’s fault Our Beebee was beaten last start. The filly hit a soft patch and floundered coming to the home turn and lost about four lengths.
“I want Michael to give me some guide whether he thinks she’s up to the Queensland Oaks or whether we should freshen her up and aim for the Queensland Guineas.”
The $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) will be run at Eagle Farm on June 3 while the $350,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) is at Eagle Farm a week later.
Long range Lipp is hoping Our Beebee will measure as a force for the major spring three-year-old races in Melbourne.
Meanwhile Lipp is hoping a win from In His Stride in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) can earn the sprinter a crack at the major winter sprints.
Lipp was bitterly disappointed when In His Stride missed a start in the Listed Weetwood Handicap on his hometrack at Toowoomba on April 8.
Instead the four-year-old ran in an 1100-metre Class Six and was runner-up to Quatronic on Weetwood day.
“My bloke couldn’t get a run because the Weetwood had a few stayers returning and some others hadn’t done anything for over a year,” he said.
“It was disappointing a horse like In His Stride didn’t make the field.”
Lipp has always believed In His Stride was a winter carnival horse and will give him every chance to qualify for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
“If he doesn’t measure up to those races I can always bring him back for the second-tier races,” Lipp said.
“His last run was good but it was too short.
“I’ve always thought he’d make a winter carnival horse as he’s got the ability.
“He’s been a slow maturer and is only just starting to come good.”
Racing Queensland webnews April 19