By Glenn Davis
Former star sprinter Winning Rupert’s little sister Tycoon Evie could book a summer carnival campaign if she makes a winning city debut at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Tycoon Evie and stablemate Red Wabbat for Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp will lock horns with star filly Kisukano in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Fillies Handicap over 1200 metres.
Kisukano was barred because of her barrier manners following her latest third to Fleet Dove at Doomben last month.
She failed her first attempt last week but was finally cleared to run again after passing at her second attempt at this week.
Trainer Michael Nolan had pencilled in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick next week for Kisukano who could still be Sydney-bound depending on her performance.
Lipp also will have two-pronged attack with the well-bred Simply Fly and Real Fine Wine in the QTIS Colts & Geldings Three-Year-old Handicap - also over 1200 metres.
Tycoon Evie is by Written Tycoon from Winaura, making her a full sister to Winning Rupert who was rated one of the country’s best young sprinters after winning five of his six starts before injury ended his career.
Winning Rupert was trained by Sydney’s Bjorn Baker and won the Group 2 Champagne Classic at Doomben in May 2016 before going on to win the Listed Gold Edition Stakes and Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate.
His career was cut short by injury soon after finishing fourth in the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast in January, 2017.
Tycoon Evie was bred by part-owner Jeff Cullen, who decided to keep the filly after selling Winning Rupert at the Magic Millions yearling sales.
Lipp will use blinkers on Tycoon Evie for the first time after she finished second to Bleu Zebra in her debut - a 1000-metre maiden at the Sunshine Coast on July 19.
“She ran on well in her first start but this will be her first start in almost a month,” Lipp said.
“She was very green at Caloundra and would have won if she had blinkers on then.
“I’m putting the blinkers on this time and if she runs well, we might look at the summer carnival with her.
“Red Wabbat will also run but we’re just testing the waters with her as she’s been doing a good job at the provincials.”
Lipp also will closely monitor the performance of Simply Fly when the Spirit Of Boom colt lines up against stablemate Real Fine Wine.
Simply Fly is a son of Group 2 Queensland Guineas winner Express Air and was impressive winning easily over 870 metres on debut at Toowoomba on July 11.
“He goes well but he’s very green and has a lot to learn,” Lipp said.
“We want to find out more about his ability before looking too far ahead so we’ve thrown him in the deep end to see how he goes.
“I think Real Fine Wine is going well and is probably the better chance mainly because of his experience.”