Touch of class about Platinum Road but we won’t see him until the autumn
Platinum Road won’t hit the racetrack until the autumn but trainer Lisa Latta likes what she sees.
The two-year-old ran only third of four at the Levin jumpouts today but Latta was impressed by the way he responded at the finish.
“He was a bit slow to jump then got up and travelling and once in the straight let down nicely. He was really doing his best work late.’’
Winner of the heat, an Albrecht colt with Fraser Auret, clocked 35.91 for the 600 metres.
“This colt has a bit of class about him and is a very nice mover.’’
Platinum Road, who cost $60,000 as a yearling at Karaka in January, is by the relatively unknown sire Declaration Of War, who shuttled to Australia for two seasons from Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
A Group I winning son of War Front, he now stands for a fee of US$35,000 in Kentucky.
The colt’s dam, Snow Petal, won two races here from only 11 starts.
Latta plans to give Platinum Road another jumpout at Levin on December 19 then geld him and turn him out with a view to racing in the autumn.
Latta produced two Lincoln Farms’ two-year-olds in the 850 metre heat, with Platinum Touch outshining Hurricane Lincoln.
It was the second jumpout for the Proisir filly Platinum Touch, and she showed a lot of improvement, says Latta.
“She jumped well and sat outside the leader. She was a little bit green around the corner, and timid of other horses, but she let down nicely to run second, well clear of the rest of the field.
“I may back her up at the trials next week to give her more practice.’’
Latta will then decide if she will head to the races with the filly or send her to the paddock.
Platinum Touch, who cost $57,500 in February, is the first foal of a three-race winner in Ma Belle Ami, who is a half sister to Laaffaire (six wins) and Dorian Grey (three wins).
Hurricane Lincoln, an $85,000 Sacred Falls gelding, sat in the trail for Robbie Hannam but only battled to the line.
“Robbie said the horse is well educated and gave him a good feel but just needs time to mature.
“So he will head to the paddock now for eight weeks then come back for an autumn preparation.’’
Hurricane Lincoln’s dam Rosehip is a half sister to Queensland Derby winner Brambles, Lopov (seven wins) and former Lincoln Farms’ talent Lincoln Blue, who looked like developing into a superstar when sent to Chris Waller in Sydney, but was retired after going in a tendon twice.
Four-year-old Lincoln Dreamer, who contested the maiden 1400 metre heat, got back in the four-horse field and did not improve in the run home behind Estimation.
“I will put blinkers and a tongue tie on him and look for a 1600 metre race over Christmas.’’
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Wednesday at Matamata
Race 5: Bush Whacked
Thursday at Otaki
Race 2, 4: Lincoln Sky
“I’ve put him in two races, one over 1200 metres and the other 1400 metres and will wait to see what the weather does before deciding which race to run in. If the rain arrives we will line him up in the 1200. He ran a good race when resuming at Wanganui and I have been happy with his progress since.’’
Race 6: Platinum Invador
“Unfortunately he has come up with an outside draw again. He ran a big race at Trentham from a wide gate in a far stronger field. A lot of rain is forecast on Wednesday night though so the bad draw may be negated come race time. He galloped very well this morning and I expect him to be right in it.’’
Race 8: Alesha Lincoln
“Her recent work has been good enough and we have a nice draw to use. Being by Alamosa, it suggests any rain will not worry her. I am looking forward to her debut.’’
Saturday at Awapuni
Race 1: Miss Oahu
“I’ve chosen to start her up a rating band to get some weight relief and she gets in with only 54.5kg. She has really improved since her first-up run and her coat looks far better now. I expect a bold run from her, especially with the one draw to use.’’
Race 2: Platinum Touch
“She’s come up with the outside draw so if it doesn’t rain I will probably scratch her and go to New Plymouth on December 27. Her work has been good and I am happy with her heading into her debut.”
Race 5: Johnny Lincoln
“He’s drawn one from the outside but if he can get any luck in the running he’ll be very hard to beat. I am very happy with him and he has trained on well.’’
Race 8: Father Lenihan
“He’s had no luck with barrier draws and the trend continues on Saturday where he has drawn the outside. He has good gate speed however so we will look to go forward. The forecasted rain will help him and hopefully the track ends up in the dead range. He has continued to please me since his last run at Trentham.’’
News in brief
MAM’SELLE MASSIVE: Platinum Mam’selle clocked 34.59, easily the fastest last 600 metres in her race at Awapuni on Saturday when she flew from last at the 200 metre mark to get up for third, just a head and a long neck from winner All In Mana. Those who followed trainer Lisa Latta’s advice collected a $4.50 place dividend.
INVADOR UNLUCKY: Platinum Invador ($52) ran only ninth at Trentham but was dead unlucky. He settled at the rear after jumping awkwardly then was held up entering the home straight and did not get clear until 100 metres out when he rocketed home to be just 2.6 lengths from the winner.
PORT’S FORGIVE RUN: Port Lincoln did well to finish less than three lengths from the winner at Waipukurau. He was held up for a distance near the 500 metres then ran up onto heels passing the 300 metres, having to be angled outwards to get clear.
BUSH BAFFLER: Trainer Stephen Marsh will be trying a few different training tactics with Bush Whacked, including some jumping, to try to switch the horse on. He travelled strongly on the pace until the turn at Avondale but quickly raised the white flag.
DERBY DREAM: Trainer Lisa Latta has nominated six Lincoln Farms’ three-year-olds for the $1 million New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 2 - Lincoln Falls, Lincoln Lane, Ajay Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Lincoln Hanover and Platinum Invador. Latta has also entered 2000 Guineas placegetter Sir Nate.
VOLOS BLOWS IT AGAIN: Platinum Volos did another Chautauqua impersonation when he refused to come out of the gates at Awapuni despite wearing pacifiers and a barrier blanket. The grey will now have to trial on multiple occasions before being allowed to race again.
ALMO OUT FOR SPELL: Almo Street’s much awaited racetrack return, with the aid of a blindfold to help him jump out of the gates, has been put on hold. Trainer Lisa Latta says the normally good trackworker has been decidedly average in his last two gallops and, after nearly a year in work sorting out his problems, is simply over the top.