Toowoomba based trainer Rex Lipp will aim to emulate another Queensland Oaks winner with his impressive filly Tinto this Spring. A dominant winner of Saturday's Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m), Tinto will aim to follow the footsteps of mighty Kiwi mare Ethereal, in becoming the first horse since 2001 to take out the Queensland Oaks/Caulfield Cup double this Spring.

Lipp confirmed a trip south was on the agenda for Tinto on Sky Channel’s Racing Retro this morning, noting a lack of home state features would eventually force his hand.

“There’s nothing here in Queensland, so we’ll definitely have to go down south,” Lipp said.

“We’ll probably look to go to Caulfield for some early fillies and mares races in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival for sure.

“If she comes back to what we thinks she is, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) will be definitely be the one in our minds. We will just have to find the lead up races to that sort of thing and see how she goes.”

Lipp was confident his filly could join the likes of Arctic Scent (1996) and Ethereal (2001) as Queensland Oaks/Caulfield Cup double winners should her 2400m form hold up.

“It can be done for sure,” he said. “But whether she’s a genuine 2400m horse only time will tell.

“You have to bear in mind with Arabian Gold; I wasn’t overly confident it’d run the 2400m out and it ran second. So just how strong the Queensland Oaks is over 2400 remains to be seen, but this filly is very good over 2000m anyway.”

A winner from 1200m to 2400m, Tinto was lucky to make it to the racetrack after being passed-in at auction on several occasions.

“This horse had went through the sales; they couldn’t get what they wanted for her so Scott’s wife Grania decided to keep the filly and race her,” Lipp said.

“She’s always shown us great ability, right from day one when we sprinted her up for the first time.

“We put her out in the paddock as a young horse and brought her back for a two-year-old race at the Gold Coast which she duly won.

“When we came in for this prep we thought we’d head to either the (Group 2 Queensland) Guineas (1400m) or the Oaks, but as we got in to the preparation  I just kept on saying ‘She’s getting a bit too dour, too dour for the Guineas’, so we switched her over to an Oaks preparation, and are glad we did.”

Tinto will now head for a spell, bypassing next week’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) to prepare for further Group 1 success in the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.