By Glenn Davis
Simply Fly’s performance in the Listed Keith Noud at Doomben on Saturday will go a long way to resolving a dilemma for co-trainer Rex Lipp.
Simply Fly was not paid up for the Magic Millions after going through the Gold Coast sales in 2019.
However, the four-year-old can claim a spot in one of the Magic Millions races in January if he can gain a wild card entry during the Queensland summer carnival.
Lipp is aiming Simply Fly for the Group 3 George Moore Stakes at Doomben on December 4 and is keen to earn an automatic entry for next year’s Stradbroke Handicap through the $250,0000 The Gateway at Eagle Farm a week later.
“He’s not eligible for the Magic Millions but he can get in if he wins a wild card race,” Lipp said.
“He’s headed to the George Moore first and I’ll wait and see how he performs in the Keith Noud before deciding if he’s a chance for the Magic Millions.
“He’ll run in The Gateway as that’s ballot free into the Stradbroke next year.”
Lipp has warned Simply Fly has taken further improvement and was looking for 1200 metres after finishing second in his first two runs over 1000 metres this campaign.
“He’s improved a lot and there’s more improvement to come but he’s definitely looking for 1200 metres now,” said Lipp, who co-trains with Nicholas Hahn.
“So far he’s had a trouble-free campaign and he’ll be very competitive.”