No doubting Platinum Rapper’s potential after today’s whitewash at Otaki
Platinum Rapper looks to have real black type potential the way she scored fresh-up at Otaki today.
Having her first race for nine months, and still carrying plenty of condition, the filly proved far too strong for her rivals, powering away in the closing stages to win by one and a quarter lengths for Chris Johnson.
The performance only served to confirm the promise she has already shown for owners Neville McAlister and Lincoln Farms and underlined what a bargain buy she was as a $55,000 yearling.
McAlister had no trouble finding the filly at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Select sale - the pedigree buff already knew her family inside out, having bought her older half sister Platinum Command a few years earlier.
“She’s bred on the same cross as Sofia Rosa (ATC Oaks winner) - by Makfi out of an Encosta De Lago mare.’’
McAlister suspects they got her cheaply because Platinum Command, who has won 10 races, was seen as only a winter galloper.
“Bruce Perry (who bought Sofia Rosa) paid $100,000 for her full sister the next year and we thought ours was a better type.’’
Platinum Rapper’s pedigree page is strong and could have looked even better had her second dam Palatial not died after leaving only one foal. Third dam Palatious won seven races including the Perth Cup and left Blue Diamond winner Danelagh, who produced Hong Kong champion Vengeance Of Rain.
“She definitely has black type potential and that’s why we’ve targeted those two races down south next month.’’
Trainer Lisa Latta has set the filly for the $50,000 NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on April 6 and the $50,000 NZB Warstep Stakes (2000m) a week later.
McAlister says its hard finding black type races for horses who act best on wet tracks and that’s why they kept the filly going one race too long as a two-year-old to run in a Listed race at Te Rapa in June.
Platinum Rapper showed her potential winning at Awapuni last May on a heavy 11 track and her future, like her older sister, looks to be in winter.
Platinum Command is actually making a comeback after failing to get into foal to Ocean Park last December. She is back in work with Latta and only a few weeks away from a jumpout.
The now seven-year-old finished her last campaign strongly at Riccarton, winning the Winter Cup and running second in the Winter Classic.
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Wednesday at Hastings
Race 5 & 7: Platinum Appeal
“She hasn’t been 100% in her action in the last three or four days and we have some foot issues to sort out. She won’t be running. We’ll wait for Palmy next week.’’
Race 6: Authentic Charm
“I have chosen to back her up as this will be one of the last good tracks we will get - it’s a dead 4 today. We’ve got the in-form Zinjete Moki who claims 2kg down to 54.5kg. She meets a small line-up and this looks like a nice race for her in her last run for the season.’’
Race 8: Lincoln’s Gal
“She has come through her last start at Woodville very well. She beat herself that day when she missed the kick and ran home very well. With the rating 65 having being split, it means she meets a small but even field. From the good draw Jonathan Riddell should be able to possie up and be right in the finish.’’
Saturday at Trentham
Race 7: Platinum Rapper
“She galloped really well on Thursday and has progressed very well since her last run. The big, roomy track suits her and the conditions won’t worry her so I’m confident she’s a big chance.”
Race 8: Lincoln Fury
“I don’t want the track too heavy for him. I’ll wait until race morning to see how it is and what’s scratched but we may wait for Wanganui next Saturday. His work has been good but he just may be coming to the end of his preparation.’’
News in brief
GREEN FIBRILLATES: Lincoln Green had an atrial fibrillation at Otaki on Thursday and will need a vet clearance before racing again. The horse raced keenly early but gave ground quickly near the 600 metre mark and rider Robbie Hannam did not persevere with him in the run home when he suspected there was something amiss.