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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.”

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 3: Lincoln Raider

“He has come through his last run at Awapuni well and meets a handy line up with Sinarahma, who beat us last time, the danger. While the inside is not an ideal draw for him we have one of the best aboard in Opie Bosson and I’m sure he’ll find a path through them. This race looks well within his capabilities and he will enjoy being back on the roomy track where he has won three of his four races.”

Race 6: Platinum Road

“He won his first race here in December and ran a top third at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He has pleased me with how he has come through the trip away and I’m very happy with him. He gets in on the minimum weight of 54kg and meets a field of older horses that has some form in it. But this race fits in well with his derby programme and I’m expecting another top run from him.”

Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln

“I’ve changed his gear and gone back to the ring bit. I’ll be instructing Darryl (Bradley) to try to get handier to them as he’s been giving the opposition too big a start. Over 3200 metres there’s no reason why he can’t be closer. He ran ninth in the cup last year after starting from barrier 17 so I think the better draw is the key to his chances. He gets in on the minimum of 53kg.”

Race 9: Johnny Lincoln

“He’s been running very honest races and keeps grinding away so I feel the distance will suit him. He has continued to please me in training and, while I would have preferred a better draw, we will look to roll forward with him and hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a nice spot. These races are won by horses who can run out the 3200 metres strongly and I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs.”

Race 10: Lincoln Star

“I have brought him back in distance after his last run over a middle distance on Boxing Day. He has drawn well and should be able to get a nice, economical trip in midfield. The big track will suit him and has run some very good races over 1600 metres so, if he can reproduce his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish. His recent work has been good.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Monday at Otaki

Race 3: Lincoln Town

“He was disappointing in his jumpout when ridden in behind. His trackwork since has been only fair but he is an average track worker anyway who only does as much as he has to. All his form has been on rain-affected tracks so we will see on Monday whether he can go on top of the ground.”

Race 5: Benny Lincoln

“He ran a cracking race last time at Otaki and will appreciate the step-up to 1600 metres. He will also be against his own age group here. His work has been good and this looks a very winnable race for him.”

Race 6: Lincoln Lane

“He’s first-up after a long break but has improved a lot since his jumpout and has a good draw to use. I will be happy to just see him doing his best work at the finish.”

Race 7: Master Lincoln

“He ran a very good fourth when resuming and has trained on very well since. He has an awkward gate to overcome but it’s only a moderate field. Any give in the track will help his chances as his best form appears to be on dead surfaces.”