Platinum Appeal shows she’s a gate flyer at Levin jumpouts where winter team shape up
If Platinum Appeal can clear the gates as fast as she did at today’s Levin jumpouts, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with on debut.
Trainer Lisa Latta had a team of eight Lincoln Farms’ runners at Levin and was pleased with the progress shown by several of them, but none more so than the Per Incanto filly.
Platinum Appeal flew the machine and easily led for jockey Tim Johnson, fighting on very well to be beaten only a head in the six-horse heat.
“Tim commented she only does what she has to and we’ll now look for a race for her, preferably a maiden three-year-old over 1200 metres.’’
Platinum Appeal has raced only once, last June, when sixth at Riccarton in a two-year-old stakes race.
Another newcomer who showed good early speed was a Reliable Man four-year-old who will race under the name Dependable Man.
Johnson possied him up in the trail in his six-horse heat and he battled on bravely up the straight, only giving up third in the last 100 metres when his condition gave out.
“It was a very pleasing jumpout,’’ says Latta of the grey who has been given plenty of time - he was a $90,000 buy at the 2016 Select yearling sale at Karaka.
Dependable, who will be raced by Lincoln Farms and Kevin Pratt’s Kamada Bloodstock, will now head to the Foxton trials on April 30.
Good winter performer Manhattan Street had his serious hitout for five months in an eight-horse heat.
He jumped well for Zinjete Moki who sat third before taking the lead just after straightening.
He was headed halfway down the straight and blew out in the last 100 metres.
“I will see how he comes through the trial but there is a race for him at Trentham on May 5.’’
All four of Manhattan Street’s wins have been in very heavy ground so he will be looking for plenty of rain.
Progressive galloper Father Lenihan is also likely to head straight to the races after a bold run for Moki in his eight-horse heat.
“He settled outside the leader and just knocked up the last 100 metres to finish fourth.’’
Father Lenihan won two of his seven starts last campaign, the last on January 5, and Latta is keen to chase a start in the Winter Cup at Riccarton.
Touch needs it wet
Latta will also be looking for a race for two-year-old Platinum Touch as soon as she can find a wet track after the filly ran third in her six-horse heat.
Johnson trailed three back on the fence and reported Platinum Touch was doing her best work late.
“We will head to a race once the rain arrives.’’
Platinum Touch was placed on debut in a stakes race at Awapuni last December behind good types The Fugitive and Qiji Spirit.
Jimmy Choux two-year-old Benny Lincoln, having his second jumpout, showed promise when beaten just a head in his five-horse heat.
Johnson settled the laid-back gelding in the trail and kept him up to the mark to run second.
His next assignment will be the Foxton trials..
That’s where Abe Lincoln will run next too after racing outside the leader in his six-horse heat for Charlotte O’Beirne.
“He just battled in the ground over the last 200 metres.’’
The Alamosa three-year-old is the 10th foal to be raced by Lincoln Farms out of the Desert Sun mare Desert Inn.
Unraced Captain Rio three-year-old La Fievre led her eight-horse heat for O’Beirne but was quickly headed swinging the corner.
She drifted to fourth before fighting back for third and will be improved by the run.
She will join the team trialling at Foxton on April 30.
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Saturday at New Plymouth
Race 7: Platinum Volos
“It’s not an ideal race for him and I’m a bit worried about the 1400 metres. We’ll have to ride him back last and look for runs through them to give him the chance to see the distance out.”
Saturday at Kilcoy
Race 5: Lincoln’s Command
4.59pm NZ time
“He looks fantastic and his work has been good. Kilcoy is a very tight track and you need to be up front so we’ll be going foreward even from the wide draw. We rode him back last time and it didn’t work as he’s too one-paced.”