By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rex Lipp is hopeful lightly raced Our Beebee can deliver on her potential with her first Stakes victory at Doomben on Saturday.
Our Beebee, a Jim Byrne mount, will line-up for only her 10th start in the UBET Classic Plate (1200m).
The daughter of Red Dazzler is an $8.00 chance in latest UBET markets behind $5.50 favourite, Sylpheed.
The four-year-old mare is coming off a last start third to the Tony Gollan-trained My Girl Hayley in a 1200-metre Class Six at Doomben on October 28.
It was only her second start this campaign after she resumed with a close fourth to Dream Finnish at Doomben in September.
Our Beebee has started only twice in Stakes races, finishing third to Winning Rupert in the Listed Gold Edition Stakes at her second start at Doomben in December and fifth to Candika in the Listed Princess Stakes at Doomben in April.
“She’s only had nine runs because we’ve given her time to mature,” Lipp said.
“She’s not overly big and isn’t a gross doer so I’ve deliberately spaced her races throughout her career.
“She should race well. I was very happy with her last run and she had it won in another stride.”
Our Beebee is a daughter of Stakes winning mare Royal Shiraz which Lipp also trained throughout her career.
Lipp fears the tight Doomben track is the biggest worry as Our Beebee has only one win in five appearances at the track.
“Doomben is definitely not her favourite track,” Lipp said.
“The short straight doesn’t suit her as she gets back in her races and needs a big track to wind up.”
Lipp hasn’t ruled out sending Our Beebee to Sydney next autumn if her summer form is good enough.
“I’m planning to tread lightly with her in the summer and she might go for a break after next run in the Just Now,” Lipp said.
“If she does go south it would be for the (Group 1) Coolmore which her mother ran second in.”
The $100,000 Just Now Quality (1350m) will be run at Doomben on December 9.
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