Whiskey looks to have too much spirit for unassuming Bordeaux
Trainer Lisa Latta admits it’s hard to know just how Platinum Bordeaux will go on debut at Otaki on Friday.
The Per Incanto filly meets a small line-up of largely untried runners in the second race, a $22,500 1000 metre streak for two-year-olds.
And while Platinum Bordeaux has shown speed in a jumpout and trial, Latta says she’s not a jump-and-run two-year-old type.
“It’s actually hard to get a line on her. She’s an unassuming filly with a great temperament who just goes quietly about her work.
“There’s nothing flashy about her, it’s hard to explain but you hardly even know she’s there.’’
Latta says she would not be surprised to see Platinum Bordeaux up in the fight on Friday though given how she performed in her trial on the course on October 30.
Three wide on the speed, the filly kept coming at the finish of the 800 metres to be beaten only a length.
Out of the Flying Spur mare Cardio Miss, Platinum Bordeaux cost $67,500 as a yearling.
One who cost considerably more, $220,000, is the Tony Pike-trained Whiskey Neat who is clearly the one to beat after his super impressive trial win at Cambridge on November 8.
The Denman gelding jumped straight to the front that day, was four lengths clear in the lead, and never out of second gear in the run home to win by two and a half lengths.
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Saturday at New Plymouth
Race 7: Platinum Volos
“It’s not an ideal race for him and I’m a bit worried about the 1400 metres. We’ll have to ride him back last and look for runs through them to give him the chance to see the distance out.”
Saturday at Kilcoy
Race 5: Lincoln’s Command
4.59pm NZ time
“He looks fantastic and his work has been good. Kilcoy is a very tight track and you need to be up front so we’ll be going foreward even from the wide draw. We rode him back last time and it didn’t work as he’s too one-paced.”