By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rex Lipp is a great believer in the adage “experience is the best teacher”.
The veteran Toowoomba trainer has prepared many good horses over several decades and rates exciting three-year-old Gem Of Scotland up with the best he has trained.
Lipp has won two Group 1’s with Star Shiraz in the QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm in 2004 and Tinto in the Queensland Oaks (2400m) at the same track in 2014.
“Tinto would have to be the best stayer I’ve trained,” Lipp said.
“I’ve had some good horses over the years including Laurinel Argie, Star Shiraz and Archikeelya and only time will tell how good Gem Of Scotland turns out to be.”
Lipp is reluctant to talk up Gem Of Scotland and a possible interstate trip ahead of her comeback in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Gem Of Scotland takes on the likes of Tony Gollan’s star sprinter Garibaldi, Kelly Schweida’s The Odyssey and fellow Toowoomba sprinter Magic Trick who is chasing a hat-trick of wins.
Gem Of Scotland hasn’t raced since finishing sixth to Strasbourg in the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on May 25.
It followed a close second to the Gollan-trained Perudo in the Listed Bill Carter Stakes at Doomben on May 18.
Those two defeats ended a four-run unbeaten sequence but Lipp was far from disappointed.
“She should nearly be unbeaten as she drew badly in both those races and had to cover a lot of extra ground,” Lipp said.
Gem Of Scotland had six weeks off after her winter campaign and has had two jump outs to prepare for her return.
“She had a jump out last week over 925 metres and was well beaten but she won a jump out quite easily here on Tuesday,” Lipp said.
“She had about six weeks off after the Sires’ and she’s come back a lot stronger filly.
“I’m not looking at taking her away at this stage. I've been around a long time and I just want to see how she comes back.
“I won’t even look at a possible program until she has this run. She’s only three and she’s got to prove to me that she’s come back.”
Lipp said there were plenty of suitable races in Queensland for the daughter of Rothesay.
“There’s some nice races here for her in the summer if she stays here but unfortunately, she’s not eligible for the Magic Millions,” he said.
“She can still run in the Magic Millions but she’d have to win a wildcard entry.”
Racing Queensland webnews September 12