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Gem Of Scotland out to end drought in Gai Waterhouse

Fri 18 June 2021

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Rex Lipp is hopeful the Gem Of Scotland of old can step up to win for the first time in 18 months in Saturday's Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich.

Gem Of Scotland was rated the state’s best three-year-old before she was badly injured and required a lengthy spell following her start in the QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast in March last year.

Scans revealed Gem Of Scotland had broken part of her hip and would eventually make a full recovery after a lengthy spell.

“I think she did it coming out of the barriers,” Lipp said.

“We were a bit lucky when she went to Gatton as they had just bought a new scanning machine and she was the first to use it.

“Luckily she didn’t need surgery and we wrapped her up in body suits to help her heal.”

Gem Of Scotland made a low-key return in her comeback following nearly a year off to finish third to Doctor Zous at the Sunshine Coast on February 27.

Since then, Gem Of Scotland has had a further six starts to take her through the Winter Carnival with her best effort a game third to Yamazaki in the Listed Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast on May 8.

At her most recent appearance, Gem Of Scotland put in another brave performance to finish fifth to Chris Waller’s Nudge in the Magic Millions National Classic over 1600 metres at Eagle Farm on June 5.

"She’s probably still the best mare in Queensland and I’m very happy with her," Lipp said. 

“The four that beat her home last run were all from the south and she jarred up after that run at Eagle Farm.

“At her previous start when she ran fourth in the Pam O’Neill, the three in front of her also were southerners.

“She’s coming back in distance but there looks to be a lot of pace in the race,” Lipp said.

“I’m hoping for a bit of sting out of the ground after some of the recent rain we’ve had.”

Lipp will be double-handed in the Gai Waterhouse with Red Stina set to make her comeback ahead of her Rockhampton Cup campaign.

“Red Stina will have this run before going up for the Rockhampton Cup next month,” Lipp said.

The five-year-old hasn’t raced since finishing third to Ballistic Boy in the Mooloolaba Cup at the Sunshine Coast last November.