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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Our runners this week
Saturday at Otaki
Kamanda Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Platinum Invador, Platinum Mam’selle.
News in brief
INVADOR CLOSER: Platinum Invador is now 22nd in the entry order for the 18-horse New Zealand Derby field at Ellerslie on March 2. The connections of Waikato Guineas winner Sponge Bob paid a $30,000 late entry fee on Tuesday to get the horse into the race.
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.