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By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rex Lipp is hopeful promising colt Real Fine Wine can live up to his bloodlines when he attempts to claim his first Stakes race at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Real Fine Wine, a Jake Bayliss mount, is an $11 chance in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Stakes over 1400 metres which has been robbed of early favourite, Bellissimi Amici.
Bellissimi Amici was one of two starters for trainer Rob Heathcote in the Tattersall’s Club Stakes but was scratched with a minor virus.
It leaves Heathcote with outsider Ready For Magic who will attempt to give the Eagle Farm trainer his second win in the feature.
Heathcote won the race with General Minolta in 2001 when it was known as the Australia Post Stakes.
Lipp is also chasing his second win in the race after Youthful Jack won the Australian Stakes in 2007.
Real Fine Wine is backing up a week after a close second to the Stu Kendrick-trained Queen Sweeper at Doomben.
“I’ve never backed-up a two-year-old in my life but he’s done well since his run last week,” Lipp said.
“I thought he was a bit unlucky when the winner rolled out a fraction.
“It wasn’t serious but he copped a slight check and lost momentum.”
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Real Fine Wine is a son of five-time winner Star Drop and is grandson of Lipp’s former handy sprinter Royal Shiraz who won at Stakes level and was a prolific producer of winners including his former smart mare, Our Beebee.
“Royal Shiraz was a very good mare who won the Listed Just Now Stakes and Star Drop was pretty good before she did a suspensory,” Lipp said.
“Real Fine Wine was Star Drop’s first foal but she’s now got a weanling by Rothesay and she’s in foal to Encryption.”
Lipp believes the Tattersall’s Club Stakes has several chances, including the Gerald Ryan-trained Zero To Hundred who scored a dominant win on debut on a heavy track at Rosehill on June 17.
“There’s several chances in the race and we don’t know a lot about Zero To Hundred who comes here after winning at Rosehill,” he said.
“I’m pretty confident my bloke will run a big race again.”
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