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After being nominated for the The Metropolitan this week the latest potential superstar from Team Hawkes, Entirely Platinum is set to run in the Premier’s Cup 2014 this weekend in Sydney.
This week the Australian Turf Club (ATC) took nominations for both the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) that run at Royal Randwick on October 4.
Featuring in the early entries for The Metropolitan 2014 and coming off a first-up Rosehill win, Pentire five-year-old Entirely Platinum is making a name for himself this season.
Winner of the Group 3 Sky High takes (1900m) in Sydney during the autumn, the gelding resumed off a four month break on August 16 to beat home Mighty Lucky in a 1400m handicap to set up a promising Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
That campaign is likely to continue at Royal Randwick this Saturday with Hall of Famer John Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his sons Michael and Wayne, indicating they would likely accept for the galloper in the $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m).
“It was a good effort first-up to win by Entirely Platinum and I’ve been pleased with how he’s come on since,” Hawkes told The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s a big, strong ‘boy’ and it’s a plus he handles wet or dry.”
The handicap clash attracted 27 nominations on Monday with three entries allocated the equal 59kg top weight.
One of those is Entirely Platinum who would be going up from 58kg last start.
Also on 59kg are the David Payne-trained Honorius and Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup hope Who Shot Thebarman – winner of the Auckland Cup over the two miles in March.
The race has drawn plenty of quality nominees with other notable entries including He’s Your Man and Opinion also from the Waller stables, Tupac Amaru for John O’Shea, and Peter & Paul Snowden’s imported mare Sabor A Triunfo.
A good showing in the Premier’s Cup is essential for Entirely Platinum to justify connections opting to nominate him for the mile-and-a-half Metropolitan, along with their three-quarter sister of Makybe Diva La Amistad, as opposed to the shorter distanced Epsom Handicap in October.
Even without the inclusion of Entirely Platinum however the Hawkes have a strong presence in Epsom Handicap nominations with 10 entries.
Included in their possible starters are the likes of Group 2 Villiers Stakes winner Ninth Legion, the former Guy Walter-trained Toydini, Doomben Cup runner-up Leebaz, Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas champ Atlante, last start Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes winner at Rosehill Traitor and Cox Plate nominee Messene.
Lonhro gelding Messene was set to run second-up at Randwick last Saturday as the short priced favourite for the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
A winner of three on the trot last season, including the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) over Weary, the six-year-old returned to racing on August 9 when second to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
However a Heavy track at Randwick forced his trainers to scratch him from the Warwick Stakes.
Plan B then is a run this Saturday at Caulfield in Melbourne’s $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) with the team on weather watch until then.
“We can’t control the weather, we just have to try and work around it with Messene,” Hawkes said.
“He will probably run in the Memsie, but we will wait and see how he does in the next couple of days.”
It will be a tough assignment however with eight individual Group 1 winners among the 16 nominees including fellow Warwick Stakes scratching Boban for Chris Waller.
Waller has also entered Foreteller coming off a decent first-up fourth behind Star Rolling in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at the track a fortnight ago.
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