This Saturday New Zealand raider Platinum Kingdom will be on trial for a trip north for the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival riches when they run in the $150,000 Listed Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).
The Lisa Latta-trained Magnus three-year-old boasts a consistent record of eight wins from 15 starts so far, their most recent run being in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) in the mud at Randwick on April 20 which was also their first run down under.
Winner of the black type Metalon Guineas – Southland Guineas double back home in February, the progressive gelding made the step up to Sydney class last month and will shoot for successive stakes victories in New South Wales this weekend.
One of 10 hopefuls engaged in this year’s Hawkesbury Guineas, Platinum Kingdom is drawn in barrier seven with their last start winning jockey Jonathan Riddell retaining the ride, Latta confident they can put in another eye-catching performance.
“He’s really thrived over there (in Sydney),” Latta told Sky Sports Radio this week.
“He had a nice hit-out in company on Tuesday and he worked really well.
“He’s pretty versatile, he doesn’t pull at all so you can put him wherever you want him. It will just be a case of trying to get in somewhere and give him a nice run.”
Current Hawkesbury Guineas odds are led by Peter Snowden’s Commands gelding Complicate ($3.80) who won the Canberra Guineas two back before their second in the Gosford Guineas last start, with Platinum Kingdom occupying the next line at a quote of $5.
It is a wide open race however with plenty of other single figure chances including the Chris Waller-trained Heart Testa ($6) who ran fourth in the South Pacific Classic, Joe Pride’s in-form More Than Ready filly Brave Soul ($7) after her fourth top three finish on the trot at Listed level, and South Pacific Classic third placed Limes ($7.50).
A good run at Hawkesbury and Latta will consider taking Platinum Kingdom to Queensland for the winter carnival where a race like the $350,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Queensland Oaks Day, June 1, could be an option.
“We’ll just take it one step at a time,” Latta said.
“We’ll get through Saturday and if he’s saying he’s had enough, he has been up a while, but in saying that he’s a horse that goes to the paddock for a few days after racing and he’s a horse that appreciates being in work.
“We’ll get through Saturday and if he goes well Saturday, we might look to go to Brisbane.”
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