Epsom Handicap 2015 Bid for Entirely Platinum

September 15, 2015

Epsom Handicap 2015 Bid for Entirely Platinum

Team Hawkes are looking at a Sydney Spring Racing Carnival raid next month with Makybe Diva Stakes placegetter Entirely Platinum being considered for the 2015 Epsom Handicap.

Entirely Platinum

Entirely Platinum could head to Sydney to target next month’s 2015 Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile on October 3. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Pentire six-year-old hasn’t raced in Sydney since his dead last when eighth, beaten seven lengths by Hawkspur in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in September last year.

Since then the galloper has raced exclusively in Melbourne with three Group 1 minor placings achieved over the past 12 months.

A second in the CF Orr Stakes during the autumn was complemented by his two most recent runs at Caulfield and Flemington respectively when second to Boban in the Memsie Stakes and third to Fawkner in last Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) over the mile.

He was beaten under half a length in the weight-for-age Makybe Diva from a wide barrier 12 of 14 draw, an impressive effort as he was forced to race three-deep on the speed for the opening 600m sectional before hitting the front 300m from the line before just being run down by fast-finishing Fawkner and runner-up Rising Romance.

It has been over a year between wins for Entirely Platinum, but co-trainer Michael Hawkes hopes to change that next start with the horse having shown plenty of improvement since joining the stable a year ago.

“It was a super run (on Saturday), he missed the start a bit and had to do all the work again and just got beat,” Hawkes told Racenet.

“We tried to stretch him out in trip last time, whether he’s a genuine staying horse, he’s probably not.”

The team are looking at the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 3 for the galloper after he was allocated a favourable 53.5kg when handicaps were released for the classic on Monday.

“We’ll have to see if he comes back here for the Epsom but we’ll play it by ear. He is good at a mile – that looks to be his right distance,” Hawkes said.

“He tries hard and I’m sure his day will come.”

To date Entirely Platinum has had five runs over 1600m for a win, a second and two third place finishes.

Current Epsom Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Chris Waller’s Queensland Oaks winner Winx, the Street Cry four-year-old last seen winning the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill first-up on Golden Rose Day.

She will get into the Epsom Handicap field with 53kg and pays $4 in the all-in odds while Entirely Platinum can be found further down the futures markets at $26.

Waller has won the past two editions of the Epsom Handicap with Boban (2013) and He’s Your Man (2014) carrying 53kg and 52.5kg respectively to victory.

As a father-and-sons team the Hawkes are yet to win the race but Hall of Famer John Hawkes won as a solo trainer with Dodge back in 1998.

If not the Epsom, Hawkes said that Flemington’s $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) over a little more distance in Melbourne on September 26 was another viable option.

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