Tongues wagging over chances of Platinum Mam’selle on Saturday
Trainer Lisa Latta is hoping the addition of a tongue tie will turn Platinum Mam’selle from a placegetter into a winner at Stratford on Saturday.
Latta scratched Platinum Mam’selle from Awapuni on Boxing Day knowing she would simply not handle the heavy conditions but, with a good forecast over the next two days, the capable mare looks certain to get favourable footing this time.
Latta is pleased with the way Platinum Mam’selle came through her last run at Awapuni on December 15, when third in a strong field, only a head and a long neck from winner All In Mana.
The mare was still running last 200 metres from home but sprouted wings for rider Robbie Hannam, clocked to run easily the fastest last 600 metres in 34.59.
Latta says the Australian-bred filly will be ridden cold again, so it is neither here nor there that she has drawn 10, one from the outside.
“But I have added a tongue tie because Robbie said she was holding her breath a bit.’’
Platinum Mam’selle should be nearing her peak in her third run back this campaign and would boast a more attractive formline but for contesting six Group races on the trot earlier this year. None of her rivals in the fifth race on Saturday can claim that experience.
“I expect her to be right in this.”
Our runners this week
Monday at Otaki
Authentic Charm, Lincoln Fury, Ajay Lincoln, Alesha Lincoln, Port Lincoln, Master Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer.
Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them
Saturday at Trentham
Race 1: Platinum Mam’selle
“There appears to be a lot of speed in the race which will suit her pattern of racing which is to get back and finish over the top of them. She has trained on well after her unlucky run at Stratford and is back against her own age group on Saturday in a small field.’’
Race 2: Miss Oahu
“It was a very average ride at Hastings last time which saw her caught four wide in the running. She has trained on well and has good gate speed so we will look to go forward and hopefully end up right behind the speed. I am expecting another bold run from her.’’
Race 3: Platinum Invador
“He has come up with another good draw in three and gets in with a nice weight of 56.5kg. He is up another rating band, however, and this field is a lot stronger field than the one he beat at Otaki. I am very happy with the way he has come through that race and also with his work this week.”
Race 6: Lincoln Sky
“He came through last Saturday’s race really well but I want to see how he does over the rest of the week before committing to a start on Saturday. Madan (Singh) said last week that he felt the horse was looking for a mile as he is so laid back.’’
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“Unfortunately he has drawn wide (18) in the Wellington Cup which means we will probably have to ride him for luck, which is always more difficult in these big races. I am happy with where he is at but we are going to need a magical ride from Sam Collett.’’
Race 10: Father Lenihan
“He galloped well yesterday morning but pulled up sore in his near front. He had a pulse in the foot so we poulticed it for 24 hours and the blacksmith came this morning and said he had a bit of bruising. He was about 95% right today and providing we keep on top of it I am reasonably confident we will get him there on Saturday. If he is not 100% he will be scratched.’’
Race 10: Lincoln Raider
“I’ve engaged Leith Innes to ride him and he has freshened up nicely after his Ellerslie run. After watching that race you can see him bounce off the rail two or three times. I think he is a better horse left alone early and given one clear run at them and that is what we will aim to do on Saturday.’’
News in brief
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.