It’s Platinums one, two, three, with Dubai taking line honours and earning race start
Platinum Dubai looks set to debut at Otaki later this month after scoring a tidy win at today’s Levin jumpouts.
Trainer Lisa Latta lined up all six starters in the 850 metre heat for two-year-olds and the Pride Of Dubai - Musical Lady filly came out on top after enjoying a cosy run behind the leaders for Zinjete Moki.
Taken to the outside on straightening, Platinum Dubai ran home well to win by about a length in 51.27.
Latta says the $100,000 Karaka yearling is ready for a race and will likely head to Otaki on September 26.
She will be raced by Lincoln Farms and Neville McAlister who also co-owned today’s runner-up Platinum Star and third-placed Platinum Rain.
Platinum Rain, a Kermadec colt also part-owned by Lincoln Farms, was not extended in running third up the inside rail.
Ridden by Shaun Fannin he jumped and led, again impressing his rider after winning his first jumpout two weeks ago.
“He is Shaun’s favourite horse,’’ says Latta. “He does everything so effortlessly.
“But he is going to the paddock for eight weeks. It’s a great time to have them on the spring grass.”
Lincoln Farms’ fifth-placed filly, by Real Impact from Latvian Amber, will also head to the paddock for eight weeks.
“She sat up on the pace for Charlotte O’Beirne and stayed on nicely up the home straight.
“She did everything well which was pleasing. But she strikes me as more of a three-year-old type and the break will do her good.”
Lincoln’s Gal, ridden by Tim Johnson, sat midfield in a six-horse open heat over 1000 metres and blew out in the straight to run fifth to Rainbow Dundee.
“She didn’t really appreciate the slow track and will take natural improvement from it,” says Latta.
Lincoln’s Gal will either go back to the jumpouts in a fortnight or to the Otaki trials on October 1.
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Thursday at Wanganui
Race 7: Father Lenihan
“He strikes a strong field for a mid-week race but I have seen good improvement in his work in recent weeks. Robbie Hannam has been galloping him and has been very happy with his work. He will strike a better track (slow 8 today) and there is no rain forecast so it should improve further. I expect a much better run from him.”
Friday at Taupo
Race 5: Platinum Road
“He has come up with the outside draw of 13 but we really have to start him on a better track to get a line on where we are with him. We will ride him where he lands but he is obviously going to need luck in the running. His work has been good but his coat is still not quite there so he will improve with this run.”
Race 6: Princess Amelie
“She’s drawn very wide and if the ballots get a start it will take her out of play being out there as she has to go forward, she’s no good going back. There’s a race at Waverley in a couple of weeks that we might run in instead.”
Saturday at Hastings
Race 9: Lincoln Hills
“He has drawn a touch wide in 11 in a very good field. We are going to have to go back from that draw and ride him for luck. His work has been good but I do have a reservation about him on a good 3 track as I think he is better with the fire just out of the ground. It looks like there’s reasonable pace in the race, which may help our cause, and hopefully he can get a nice run through them.”