Barrier blanket should spell sweet Dreams at New Plymouth
Trainer Lisa Latta is hoping that with the use of a barrier blanket we’ll see the best of Dreams Of Platinum at New Plymouth on Friday.
The form line of 7865 does little to inspire confidence in the four-year-old’s chances in the third race.
But from gate two, over the short 1000 metre trip, Latta says rider Leah Hemi only has to get Dreams Of Platinum away on terms with her rivals to get some of the money.
“She’s been rearing as the gates open and missing the kick,’’ says Latta. “But she’s got good speed and if she can get away she’ll possie up right on the pace.
“Sprinting is right up her alley.’’
The barrier blanket, which is put over the horse before it enters the gates, has a calming effect on nervous animals, simulating being rugged up for the night.
Renowned horse whisperer Monty Roberts is credited with introducing the blanket which is attached to the barriers and remains behind when the horse jumps away.
The device was used by champion sprinter Black Caviar during much of her unbeaten 25 start career.
Dreams Of Platinum won’t be hindered by any forecasted rain - her sole win came in heavy 11 conditions.
Lincoln Farms’ only other runner at Taranaki is the Redwood three-year-old Platinum Invador in the sixth race.
He has the disadvantage of drawing gate 14 so will have to go back from the start.
And being bred to stay, Latta says she’ll be happy to just see him running on - “If he could weigh in I’d be rapt.’’
Platinum Invador, who is still immature, ran fourth in his only start at Awapuni in July on a wet track.
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Kamanda Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Platinum Invador, Platinum Mam’selle.
News in brief
INVADOR CLOSER: Platinum Invador is now 22nd in the entry order for the 18-horse New Zealand Derby field at Ellerslie on March 2. The connections of Waikato Guineas winner Sponge Bob paid a $30,000 late entry fee on Tuesday to get the horse into the race.
RETIRED: Bush Whacked has been retired. Despite showing promise at trials the Sepoy three-year-old showed in three starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that he simply didn’t want to be a racehorse.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.