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Platinum Mam’selle only needs luck in the run home to be a big threat at Stratford on Saturday. PHOTO: Race Images.

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.

Platinum Mam’selle, arrowed, is only a head and a long neck from winner All In Mana at her last start.Platinum Mam’selle, arrowed, is only a head and a long neck from winner All In Mana at her last start.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

Thursday at Waipukurau

Miss Oahu, Authentic Charm.

Saturday at Rosehill

Platinum Invador.

Lincoln light

News in brief

STEPHEN POSITIVE:

AUTUMN PREP: Trainer Lisa Latta may consider an autumn campaign with Lincoln Falls if he comes through his gelding operation well, kicking off with the Group III Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on April 27. The horse, who did not see out the derby trip last Saturday, went out to the paddock today for a freshen-up before visiting the vet.

RETIRED: Bush Whacked has been retired. Despite showing promise at trials the Sepoy three-year-old showed in three starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that he simply didn’t want to be a racehorse.

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.

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.