Irish Toffee tipped to give trainer taste success at Lismore
BRYAN Guy hopes a step up in distance and good barrier are the keys to Irish Toffee returning to the winners list at Lismore today.
The three-year-old filly by Dubawi steps out in the $15,000 Woodlawn College Cup 24/5 Benchmark 55 Hcp over 1516m.
"She's very close to a win," the Gold Coast trainer said. "Over the extra trip and with a good alley (barrier three) she should be right in the finish.
"I'd expect her to get a nice run just off the pace and hopefully she's good enough to beat them."
Irish Toffee is owned by a Mr and Mrs Spence, who bred the filly from the unraced mare Balliawesome.
"I've never met them," Guy admitted. "They're based in South Africa. Daniel (Guy's foreman son) does all the correspondence with them through e-mail."
Irish Toffee has had four runs since a 160-day spell.
The filly indicated a win was near with her last-start third to Star Dragon in a 1400m Class 1 at the Sunshine Coast on February 16.
"Actually her last two runs have been very good," Guy said.
"She was doing her best work at the end of last start and we thought stepping her up in distance again would suit her.
"She's easy to train, does nothing wrong which is what you want."
Irish Toffee has done well since the Sunshine Coast.
"Her work's been really good. She's ready to go," Guy said.
The filly will be ridden by Guy's apprentice Janette Johnson.
Seven races are on the card and action starts at 2pm.
TURNER'S TIP FOR LISMORE: Roman Conflict (Race Two); Red Celtique (Race Three); Ritzy's Boy (Race Five).