By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rex Lipp is hoping a post-race discussion with long-time friend Glen Boss will help decide whether Tycoon Evie continues her quest for Group 1 glory after The Roses at Doomben on Saturday.
Lipp has turned to the three-time Melbourne Cup winning rider to replace Mark Du Plessis in the 2000 metre Group 2 feature.
Du Plessis has been Tycoon Evie’s regular rider and was aboard in three of the filly’s four wins in 11 starts so far.
Lipp and Boss (pictured) struck Group 1 success together when Star Shiraz won the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm, when it was a Group 1 race in 2004.
Tycoon Evie missed a place for the first time in her career when tenth to the Chris Waller-trained Grace And Harmony in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800 metres on May 8.
“The Oaks is still the plan with Tycoon Evie but plans can come undone,” Lipp said.
“She had no hope when she was caught on the fence which was the worst part of the track last run.
“She was completely bogged down.”
Lipp knows what it takes to win the Queensland Oaks having won it with Tinto in 2014.
Tycoon Evie is not bred to stay and is a sister to former star sprinter Winning Rupert but Lipp feels she has the right constitution to defy her pedigree lines.
Boss formed a strong partnership with Lipp when he was a star apprentice based at the Gold Coast before eventually heading interstate and overseas.