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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“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie (Hannam) should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville. Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5. This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’
News in brief
TOP TIP: Trainer Lisa Latta was right on the money about $35 starter Lincoln Hills who ran a terrific fourth in very strong company at Awapuni. “He would have run even closer had he not pulled himself into the ground,” Latta said. Follow him on April 25.
INVADOR HOME: Platinum Invador is back in the country and will go straight to the spelling paddock after failing in the A$2million Australian Derby. Trainer Lisa Latta says in hindsight the three runs in two weeks he had on his NZ Derby camapign left him a tired horse.