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Platinum Invador is expected to need further than tonight’s 2040 metres at Moonee Valley.

Tonight’s JRA Cup at Moonee Valley another stepping stone for Platinum Invador

Trainer Peter Moody is pleased with Platinum Invador’s progress but isn’t expecting any fireworks from the horse in tonight’s A$200,000 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley.

While the race distance of 2040 metres is a help to the Kiwi stayer, and Moody says he will give “a good sight”, it’s the horse’s next start in two weeks that will be more crucial in determining which direction he heads.

“He’s in competitive shape but I’m looking forward to getting him up to the mile and a half of the Herbert Power.”

That Group II race, at Caulfield on October 10, carries a stake of A$300,000 and will tell Moody if the horse is up to chasing the big cups this spring.

Platinum Invador’s last two attempts at the 2400 metre trip saw him win the City Of Auckland Cup and run an unlucky nose second in the Avondale Cup for owners Neville McAlister and Lincoln Farms’ John and Lynne Street.

Platinum Invador ran a bold sixth to open his Australian campaign at Moonee Valley on September 5 when only seven lengths off the winner over an unsuitable 1600 metres.

“He’s in good shape and has really come on from that last run but he’ll still be off his top this week.

“He had a strong gallop over a mile on Tuesday, and quickened home nicely on his own over the last 400, without being asked to overly extend.”

Platinum Invador has drawn the outside gate of 10 tonight but will settle back in the field anyway and should be suited by the genuine tempo sure to be set up by the free-going Tavirun.

He is not fancied by the bookies, rated the $23 rank outsider on a track whose short straight does not suit his powerful late bursts.

Better fancied at $6.50 is the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained derby winner Quick Thinker who is expected to be a quick improver.

The warm $2.90 favourite, Al Galayel, is a last-start winner of a fast 2000 metres at Caulfield and is a dual winner at Moonee Valley.

Showers are forecast in Melbourne and it is expected the track could race in the soft range.

Platinum Invador races at 9.45pm NZ time at Moonee Valley on Friday night.Platinum Invador races at 9.45pm NZ time at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Peter Moody

Peter’s comments

Wednesday at Geelong

Race 7: Platinum Invador
6pm NZ time

“I can’t fault the horse, he’s in fantastic order, dead-set bucking his brands off. But we’re going to need luck. Of concern is where the tempo is going to come from and if it’s going to allow the backmarkers to get into it.”

Stephen Marsh

Stephen’s comments

Saturday at Te Rapa

Race 4: Lincoln King

“He’s going great guns. I’ve been very happy with him since his win at Matamata and he should go extremely well. I can’t see why he couldn’t win again.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Sunday at Trentham

Race 3: Princess Amelie

“Samantha Wynne will ride her from a lovely draw of two. There are a couple of smart sprinters in here in Deerfield and Mascarpone but the track should get back to dead and be perfect for her. She galloped very well on the plough this morning. Safely through this race I will look at the Stewards for her next run.”

Race 4: Lincolns Gal

“Her last trial was disappointing but at least from a nice draw of two she will have every chance to step up and race well. Her work has been good but she has never been a great track worker so it’s hard to read too much into it. Her summer coat is through and, with two trials under her belt, she will have no excuses.”

Race 6: Kamanda Lincoln

“He has an awkward draw of 11 but I’m not too concerned as he got back at Hastings last week and really finished it off well. The track condition should be ideal for him and he has come through his run last week very well. This race fits in well before heading down south for his next two starts over cup week.”

Race 7: Lincoln Hills

“Barrier 12 is going to be a bit tricky but we have in-form Danielle Johnson on and I’m sure she will try and get cover somewhere. The field looks even and he certainly looks a good chance on paper, given he is going to get a nice track with the fire just out of it. His work has been great and with luck in the running he should be hard to beat.”

Race 9: Lincoln Fury

“Some of his fresh-up runs have been his best and he has had three jumpout/trials to get him ready to go 1600 metres first-up. He has worked well and his coat is bright so I am expecting a good run given he is going to get the fire out of the track and he has form at Trentham. Jonathan Riddell rides.