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Winter test for Tycoon Evie

By Glenn Davis

Promising filly Tycoon Evie faces an acid test to decide her Brisbane winter carnival path when she attempts back-to-back wins at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Tycoon Evie was an impressive winner over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on February 6 and will be stepping up to 1600 metres for the first time in her career in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap.

The daughter of Written Tycoon has started only seven times for two wins and four placings, and is on the way to becoming trainer Rex Lipp’s next star galloper.

Tycoon Evie has a sprinter’s pedigree being by Written Tycoon and is a full sister to Winning Rupert, who was rated one of the country’s best sprinters winning five of his six starts before injury curtailed 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.

Lipp believes Tycoon Evie can defy her sprinting pedigree and has likened her to his former star galloper Gene’s Interest.

“I think she’s thrown more to her dam’s sire Show A Heart than Written Tycoon and she looks a Show A Heart as she’s big and strong," Lipp said.

“Gene’s Interest should never have won past 1400 metres on his pedigree but he won a Toowoomba and Rockhampton Cup over 2000 metres.”

Lipp said Tycoon Evie had come through her recent win in good order.

“She’s on the way up and is going well and if she wins or runs well on Saturday, I’ll put her away for the winter,” Lipp said.

“I’ll probably look at fillies’ races like the Gold Coast Bracelet, The Roses and possibly the Queensland Oaks if she shows she can stay.

“If she doesn’t, we can always drop back to the Queensland Guineas.

“Her last win was a real gutsy effort and she did it the hard way after she had to go forward off her bad draw and sat outside the leader.

“This is her acid test and it will prove whether I’m right or wrong with her.”

Tycoon Evie