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Platinum Rapper in cruise control in slow 7 ground at Otaki. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.

Give Platinum Rapper a slow beat and she can mesmerise the audience

Trainer Lisa Latta is hoping predicted black clouds arrive in Christchurch to help Platinum Rapper secure some black type at Riccarton on Saturday.

The smart filly leaves Palmerston North tonight for Andrew Carston’s Riccarton stables and will arrive to a dead 5 track, which Latta doesn’t want to improve before Saturday’s $50,000 NZB Airfreight Stakes.

Platinum Rapper meets some talented three-year-olds in the 1600 metre stakes race for fillies but Latta believes she can be a factor on rain-affected footing.

“She’s obviously better when there’s a bit of rain about and there is some in the forecast for Friday morning.’’

The Makfi filly found the dead 4 conditions a little firm last time at Wairarapa but still ran a bottler for an unlucky fifth, just two lengths from winner Awesome Al.

Top jockey Chris Johnson was stalking the leaders on Platinum Rapper turning for home and, just when it looked like the filly could force her way out, she ran in sharply. By the time Johnson straightened her, Pep Torque was alongside and she was blocked again.

Platinum Rapper was never in the clear afterwards and finished hard on the leaders’ heels.

On Saturday Latta is hoping to see a repeat of the finishing burst Platinum Rapper unleashed two weeks earlier when, fresh-up at Otaki, she revelled in slow 7 conditions.

“Back against her own age and sex I think she will be very competitive.

“She galloped this morning and worked very nicely.’’

Platinum Rapper should get every chance with Johnson aboard again from four at the barrier, while several of her main dangers are out wide.

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Saturday at Hastings

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Waverley

Race 1: Platinum Bordeaux

“I have put Charlotte O’Beirne back on her as she went so well for her at Awapuni two runs back. She had 10 days in the paddock after the Castletown which was run on a very heavy track. She is very bright and well and worked very well this morning. The wide draw is not ideal but the better track at Waverley will suit.’’

Race 3: Platinum Volos

“He has a wide draw to overcome but will move in to barrier 13 with the ballots coming out. He has good gate speed and the better track will play into his hands. Hopefully he will behave himself in the gates and based on his jumpouts and trials this shouldn’t be an issue. His work has been very good and I expect him to be right in the finish.’’

Race 4: Lincoln Dreamer

“He has had a stone bruise this morning but I hope to get him there if he gets the two more scratchings he needs to regain the field. If not, there is a race for him at Awapuni next Saturday. His work has been good since the wet tracks arrived and he has trialled well so I am expecting an improved run.’’

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