Talented Platinum Rapper takes silver in a quiet run at Levin jumpouts
Platinum Rapper looked more on song for an autumn campaign when she galloped well in a jumpout at Levin today.
The Makfi filly, who won on a heavy Awapuni track as a two-year-old last May, was given a quiet run in an open three-horse heat over 1000 metres, running second to the Fraser Auret-trained Dratini who clocked 62.06.
Trainer Lisa Latta instructed rider Robbie Hannam not to give the filly a hard trial as she has not been back in the stable long after a spring break.
“She got back last on a track that had been well irrigated and ran home nicely under a hold. She had a nice little blow afterwards.’’
Platinum Rapper has not raced since running fifth in the Listed Ssangyong Stakes at Te Rapa in June.
“We brought her back in for another campaign but I wasn’t happy with how she trialled up in late August so I put her back out again.
“She’s always shown a fair bit of ability but she’s just been a bit immature.
“She’ll trial again at Awapuni in a couple of weeks and we’ll go from there but I’m hoping to race her on dead tracks.’’
Tavistock gelding Lincoln Town was run off his feet in a three-year-old 1000 metre heat.
Against four rivals he got back in the running and, while not quickening for rider Tim Johnson, he maintained his ground.
The heat was won by a Per Incanto gelding with Mark Oulaghan in 59.9.
“He’s a big, immature staying horse who is out of a Shinko King mare so he’ll probably want a bit of moisture,” says Latta. “We’ll push on and hope to have him going at the right time.
“We’ll head back to the Levin jumpouts on February 20 over 1200 or 1400 metres.’’
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Thursday at Hastings
Race 6: Lincoln Town
“He’s drawn the outside but with the rail out 10 metres they’re only starting twelve horses and he has the gate speed to go forward so this will negate the draw. He worked nicely this morning and has continued to hold his condition well. I expect him to be right in the finish.”
Race 8: Ajay Lincoln
“He has a nice draw and the step-up to 1650 metres will suit. The track has come up a slow 8 and hopefully it will stay in that range as he will appreciate that better than the heavy ground he struck at Awapuni. He is finally starting to do things right and seems a lot more switched on. I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Saturday at New Plymouth
Race 1: Manhattan Street
“There’s a lot of rain in the forecast so the track should be very wet and loose track which is what he wants. We’re trying to get some miles into him so we can eventually run him in a hurdle. There are a couple of smart types in the race in My Gift and Obsessive but I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Race 6: Platinum Rapper
“She needed the run at Awapuni last time and her work has been very good since. We decided on going for the cup as she gets in on the minimum and it’s another chance to get black type with her. When she met Rosewood at weight-for-age at Wanganui there was a 1.5kg difference but she gets 5.5kg this time. We know from the Wanganui run that she is up to this company and, while this field is slightly stronger, I feel she can be right in the finish. The track conditions will suit her.”