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After being out-weighted in her winter carnival campaign in Brisbane, Platinum Rocker is set to appreciate a lighter allocation as she looks to go one better than her second 12 months ago in the Railway Stakes 2014 on the weekend.
Last Perth Summer Racing Carnival the Simon Miller-trained Love A Dane mare was a brave second behind dual winner Luckygray in the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse.
That came off the back of a strong lead-up campaign that included a first-up stakes win at Belmont Park a close third to Neville Parnham’s dual Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) and a win in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) one run before the Group 1.
After such a brave Railway effort at home during the summer, Miller prepared her for a trip east to Queensland for a shot at the winter riches on the other side of the country.
She was strong in her three early runs including a third to Srikandi second-up at Doomben in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) and a credible fifth in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm behind Cosmic Endeavour.
Things went amiss however when she faced elite level company in the Group 1 Tattersall’s tiara (1400m) on June 21.
That day she was allocated a hefty 57kg and drew the second widest barrier, 15 of 16.
She was trapped three wide from the get go and faced a tough run, unable to produce the zip needed in the end to finish any closer than eight lengths off the winner, Dane Ripper champ Cosmic Endeavour.
Miller learnt from his mistakes that preparation with Platinum Rocker and believes he now has her spot on for another shot at the Railway Stakes on ‘Super Saturday’ this weekend.
“She just can’t carry the big weights,” he told Racenet.
“We thought it was the case before we left but it was confirmed when she raced in Brisbane.
“She ran well but she couldn’t quite make up the ground with the weights.”
She’ll go into the mile classic third-up and gets in on the 53kg again, which she carried in the race last summer as well, after Miller took her into the race on the back of a weight-for-age preparation.
Her first-up effort at home on October 25 was a fifth behind Elite Belle when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m).
She improved off that on November 8 in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) appreciating the extra distance when two lengths away third behind Magnifisio (1st) and Fuchsia Bandana (2nd).
Lee Steere winner Magifisio backs up in the $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Railway Stakes Day and is the shortest-priced of the locals in Ladbrokes.com.au markets dominated by interstate raiders including last year’s runner-up Moment Of Change.
Fuchsia Bandana meanwhile is a $15 chance in the Railway Stakes odds led by Tasmania’s bold front-runner The Cleaner ($4.80).
Platinum Rocker, drawn in barrier nine for Peter Knuckey, is then a little further down the markets at $19 – in from $21.
“We’ve been getting her ready for the Railway and those races have topped her off well,” Miller said.
“I’ve been happy with her two runs but the Railway has been the one we’ve wanted all along. She’s in good shape for the race, I’m happy with her.”
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