Dynamic duo combine again to claim Albury Sprint Classic

Tim Donnelly (pictured) teamed up with Danny Beasley to win the Albury Sprint Classic with Lipstick Swing on Friday.

There’s no stopping Tim Donnelly and Danny Beasley, with the Wagga duo in great form of late.

The pair combined for a treble of victories over the recent Wagga carnival, with Cliff House, County Kilkenny and Participator all winning for connections. 

That good form continued at Albury on Friday, with Lipstick Swing ($8) proving too tough in the Verde Build Albury Sprint Classic (1000m).   

Beasley was able to find the front from gate three, and the four-year-old led all of the way; the pair getting in by 0.11 of a length from the Mitch beer-trained Hardware Lane (Jordan Mallyon, $2.70) while 0.29 of a length back in third was the Andrew Dale-trained Crimosa (Kayla Nisbet, $51). 

Owned by Gundagai’s Tony Barton, Lipstick Swing boasts an excellent strike rate, winning five times in nine starts, and Donnelly believes the step up in class helped the Bobby’s Kitten mare that is out of Hey Cheryl. 

“I think the drop in the weight was a big help,” Donnelly said. 

“She’s won three (Benchmark) 58s with big weights; she struggled a bit the other day; we did get taken on at Canberra, but once she can lead clearly, she’s hard to beat.

“Danny was just going to let her get to the lead gradually instead of hunting her to the lead, and she just had enough to hold on.”

Donnelly agreed that his mare was speedy, but he said she needed to get a break on the field to be able to land this win. 

“She is good if nothing challenges her when they straighten,” Donnelly said. 

“In all of her defeats, something’s challenged her when straightening, but if she’s a couple in front, she does fight.”

Regarding her next target, Lipstick Swing is getting up in the ratings, and Donnelly isn’t sure where she will go next. 

“I don’t know,” Donnelly replied when asked where she was going next.  

“She is very hard to place in the city; her rating’s too high against more experienced horses, so we’ll just have to look.”

On a big day at Albury, Beasley took top honours in the jockey’s challenge, with the veteran hoop also winning the 1400m Maiden Plate on the Wayne Carroll-trained Kockibitoo ($3.10). 

Local trainer Mitchell Beer landed a winner double, with Greek Tycoon (Nick Souquet, $3,70) winning the 1175m Class Three Handicap and Magnolia Belle (Fiona Sandkuhl, $5) taking out the 1000m Class One Handicap. 

For Albury’s results, click here.