Championships Qualifier nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Championships Qualifier. The Championships Qualifier will be run on Saturday 20th February at Goulburn racecourse.


Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADMISSION M 4 Robert Price 60
2 ASHJATA M 6 Danny Williams 65
3 BANK ON HENRY G 4 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 65
4 BECAUSE WE ALL CAN M 6 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 64
5 BOYS DAY OUT G 4 Gratz Vella 61
6 BRING A SECRET G 3 Nick Olive 70
7 CAN BE BOSSY G 3 Danny Williams 60
8 COOLCAT DANCER G 5 Richard Clarke 65
9 DARTS AWAY G 3 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 59
10 FUEL G 3 Danny Williams 55
11 GRAND PROPOSAL M 4 Neville Layt 70
12 HALFPENNY GATE G 5 Keith Dryden 72
13 HERMOSA BEACH M 5 Matthew Dale 65
14 HUDSON COUNTY G 5 Joe Cleary
15 ISTANBUL G 4 Danny Williams 63
16 KARAKUCHI M 5 Matthew Dale 78
17 LA BELLA ROUGE M 4 Danny Williams 64
18 LANI GIRL M 5 Luke Price 69
19 LOFTY’S MENU G 5 John Bateman 80
20 MARQUEE G 4 Luke Pepper 60
21 NIGHTS ON FIRE M 4 Norm Gardner 65
22 NORTHERN FURY M 4 Matthew Dale 67
23 OLD HABITS G 4 Kurt Goldman 63
24 ROSE OF MAN M 4 Terry Robinson 72
25 SHUTTER BUG M 4 Danny Williams 70
26 SILVER THREADS M 5 Bruce Stewart 57
27 TIGER BY THE TALE G 4 Danny Williams
28 VISION AND VERSE M 5 Joseph Ible 66


Damian Browne is set to ride Toowoomba mare Tinto in a Sydney campaign which could include three Group One races.

Tinto has pleased trainer Rex Lipp since she returned from a short let-up following her win in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup on January 9.

Lipp said Tinto would run in the Group Three Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick on February 27 and then press on to the Group One Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on March 12.

Tinto has also been nominated for races during The Championships at Randwick – the Doncaster Mile on April 2 and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Queen of the Turf Stakes on April 9.

“I am not certain which way we will go after the Coolmore. She has shown she can be competitive at 1600 metres in Sydney with her second in the Villiers last December,” Lipp said.

“But she has also won over further and the 2000 of the Queen Elizabeth would suit as well.”

Tinto won the 2014 Queensland Oaks over 2400m but has not been tried at the distance since.

Lipp is a big fan of Browne who has ridden the mare to her past two wins.

“Damian can get horses to settle on the bit and travel into races. He is an international standard jockey,” Lipp said.

Tinto can join an elite group of Queensland mares if she wins an interstate Group One race.

Although the state has produced its fair share of good horses, most of them have been male.

Tinto’s $1,448,434 makes her the third highest prize money winning female horse from Queensland.

She can conceivably become Queensland’s best-performed mare in the autumn which would be a great return on a horse passed in at sale for $6500.

Queensland mares to win interstate open Group One races in the past 70 years include Bright Shadow (BMW), Just Now (Turnbull Stakes), Gold Edition (Manikato Stakes) With Me (Oakleigh Plate)and Regimental Gal (Australia Stakes).

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