Tipping places his hopes on Rapman

IT’S not often a maiden event is the race that a trainer targets, but that’s exactly the plan for Mount Isa’s George Tipping in Winton tomorrow.
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The 1200-metre maiden plate, worth $10,000, is the race Tipping desperately wants to win on Winton’s six-race program.

Tipping is hoping his three-year-old colt Rapman is up to the task.

“I thought he had a strong chance before the barrier draw, but being given the outside track (barrier 9) is going to be tough,” Tipping said.

“He has only raced three times before and looked good in his last start in Birdsville, so we are hoping he continues to improve.

“Winton is a relatively small track so it it could be a hard task for him, especially with a strong field assembled.”

Tipping expects Julia Creek trainer Grant Wiles to saddle up the favourite with Russian Black.

Jockey Alannah Badger will partner Rapman, along with Tipping’s other three runners on the day.

“Month Of Sundays had a decent run in Cloncurry and if he didn’t get impeded at the start, he would have gone very close to the placings,” Tipping said.

After disappointing in Birdsville as a $1.50 favourite, Tipping hopes his top sprinter General Web can return to form.

“He simply didn’t turn up at Birdsville, which I’m putting down to him not being used to travelling that kind of distance,” Tipping said.

“Hopefully, he has learnt from that because Alannah believes he is getting back to the form he showed before Birdsville.

“If that’s the case, he should be right up there in the 1200m class 1 handicap.”

Tipping’s final runner of the day is Buffett, but the trainer isn’t expecting too much from him in the 1400m benchmark 70 handicap.

“We are running him this weekend as a bit of a warm-up to the Longreach Cup next weekend,” he said.

“The distance looks to be a shade too short for him, but it will give him a chance to get his legs under him again.

“It will also give Alannah another chance to ride him before her final meet of the year next weekend as she is heading home for the year after Longreach.”

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