Newly honoured Lisa Allpress can go all the way on Platinum Dubai at Tauherenikau
Platinum Dubai looks well placed to land New Zealand racing’s newly honoured jockey Lisa Allpress with a programme opening win at Tauherenikau on Saturday.
Allpress, 45, has just been recognised in this year’s New Year Honours, being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the racing industry.
And in Platinum Dubai she has a filly who is fleet enough to make every post a winner on the turning holiday track and add to her career tally of 1628 winners.
Allpress, who lies fourth equal on the jockeys’ premiership, appropriately made history in Dubai’s neighbouring Saudi Arabia earlier this year when she became the first female jockey to ride a winner at the international jockey series.
There won’t be any princes to congratulate her on Saturday but plenty of holidaymakers will be putting their dollars each way on Lisa Latta’s smart filly.
Owned by Neville McAlister and Lincoln Farms, the Pride Of Dubai three-year-old has the coveted inside draw for the 1000 metre dash.
“You need good draws at Tauherenikau and she’s a very speedy filly who’ll appreciates the 1000 metres,” says Latta.
With the addition of blinkers, Latta expects Platinum Dubai to be right in the fight all the way.
“She went a good race last time and she’s improved since then.”
Platinum Dubai had not lined up for 11 months when she raced at Otaki on December 18, racing on pace, challenging turning for home and only coming to the end of her run close to home for a 1.4 length fourth to Scotch.
Blinkers have really sharpened up Lincoln’s Kruz who also tackles 1000 metres in the third race.
And even though Latta says he faces a smart line-up, and will be run off his feet early, she fancies that will stop him from over-racing.
“He has freshened up nicely and looks fantastic.”
Lincoln Lane is disadvantaged by a wide draw in the fourth race but Latta still hopes he will be able to get into the finish late.
“From the tricky draw of 12 he will have to go back and get cover. He did get there a touch too soon at Otaki so the draw may help him on that score. It doesn’t look an overly strong field and he has trained on well.”
The Savabeel five-year-old showed more of what he is capable of when stepped up to 2100 metres at Otaki on December 18, beating all but Vineyard McPhee.
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Saturday at Trentham
Race 2: Lincoln Hills
“He has freshened up really nicely and hopefully we get the fire out of the ground which he really likes. His work has been really good and, while there are a few nice horses against him, we know he performs fresh-up. Sam O’Malley will claim 3kg down to 58kg.”
Race 6: Father Lenihan
“This is a big drop back in class for him and Temyia Taiaroa’s 3kg claim will bring him down to 58.5kg which I think will be a competitive weight for him. The key to him is having a nice draw and being able to sit just in behind the speed. His work has been very good and hopefully with rain about, the track comes up dead.”
Race 7: Platinum Spirit
“Ryan (Elliot) didn’t have any luck on him at all last week - he elected to go in and the gaps all closed up. He’s thrived since and all the rain has really sparked him up. He looks fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with him. Jonathan Riddell will ride and on his run last week you would expect him to be very hard to beat.”