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Platinum Bordeaux … staying type who looks a big improver for Tauherenikau on Thursday. PHOTO: Royden Williams.

Lisa hoping Tauherenikau runner Platinum Bordeaux will develop into an Oaks filly

Trainer Lisa Latta is expecting a top run from improving filly Platinum Bordeaux at Tauherenikau on Thursday.

The Per Incanto three-year-old steps up to 1600 metres in the seventh race, meets a moderate lot of maidens, and has drawn perfectly in five for Darryl Bradley for her third run this preparation.

And Latta reports Platinum Bordeaux’s work has really improved since her last start at Awapuni when she powered home for third over 1400 metres in heavy 10 conditions.

“I have been very happy with her work and the 1600 metres and better track conditions on Thursday will definitely suit her.

“The three-year-old allowance sees her get into the race with only 54kg and, while she is taking on older horses, this does not look a strong field.”

Latta is hoping Platinum Bordeaux will be up to tackling black type races this summer.

“We have to see whether she’s strong enough to get through this preparation first and, while it’s a bit early to tell, I’m hoping she’ll be an Oaks filly as she’s a staying type.”

Latta doesn’t expect Ajay Lincoln to threaten Platinum Bordeaux in the same race, not having raced for two months while waiting for the tracks to improve.

“I just want to see him running home strongly then I will step him up to a middle distance after this run.”

Platinum Road is much improved for his unlucky run at Taupo.Platinum Road is much improved for his unlucky run at Taupo.Platinum Road’s wide draw makes Latta hesitant over his chances in the fifth race, given he faces a number of talented rivals.

“If he’d drawn well I’d have said he could get over the top of them but he’ll find it harder from the outside gate.”

Latta says Platinum Road’s first-up eighth at Taupo on September 20 has really brought him on.

“He didn’t get much luck up the home straight at Taupo but ran a very good race.

“His coat has turned now and his work has been very good but he faces a tidy line-up.”

The 1400 metres of the eighth race is too short for Platinum Spirit, says Latta.

“His coat hasn’t turned yet and there is improvement in him.

“It’s always hard for a three-year-old to take on older horses at this time of year but I am hoping to see him hit the line strongly and will then step him up over more ground.”

Our runners this week

Saturday at Trentham

Platinum Invador, Platinum Dubai, Princess Amelie, Johnny Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer, Platinum Bordeaux.

Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Woodville

Race 2: Ajay Lincoln

“He has a wide draw but will come in a lot when the ballots come out. The track looks like it will be more suitable, in the dead range. It will be good to get this race into him and then step him up to a middle distance as Robbie has always felt he would be better over a longer distance. I am expecting a far better run on an improved track.”

Race 3: Lincoln Star

“He has trained on well since his good run at Hastings. The outside draw doesn’t help but we will be positive, go forward, and try to get some cover. He has continued to work well and, with luck, he should be in the finish.”