Darren Weir’s Platelet to go to stud after another Goodwood tilt   Leave a comment

Darren Weir’s Platelet to go to stud after another Goodwood tilt

Platelet in full stride with jockey Ben Melham aboard during the Sportingbet Classic.

Platelet in full stride with jockey Ben Melham aboard during the Sportingbet Classic. Source: Supplied

DUAL Group 1 winner Platelet headlines nominations for Saturday’s $115,000 Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville.

The Darren Weir-trained mare is one of 15 horses nominated for the 1100m feature which will be the start of a three-start Adelaide Racing Carnival campaign before she’s retired to stud.

It will be the third successive year Platelet will have a three-run Adelaide campaign, tackling the Irwin Stakes and William Hill Classic en-route to Adelaide racing’s showpiece — the $500,000 Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville on May 16.

Like Weir, who landed his first metropolitan win and his first Group 1 victory in Adelaide, Platelet has an amazing affinity with Morphettville.

In her two previous three-start Adelaide campaigns she has never finished further back than second, winning the 2012 Goodwood before finishing runner-up behind Smokin’ Joey last year.

Now a six-year-old, Platelet resumed with an impressive win over another Irwin hopeful Greggors — from the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable — at Moonee Valley over the 955m late last month with Dylan Dunn in the saddle.

Weir said he couldn’t fault the way Platelet had returned to racing this campaign.

“She’s come back well. I’m really happy with her,’’ he said yesterday.

Weir said Brad Rawiller would be back aboard the mare as they try to atone for a narrow miss in last month’s Adelaide Cup with Taiyoo.

The interesting Irwin Stakes nomination is Perth sprinter Magnifisio. The Jim Taylor-trained mare is set to resume in Adelaide after a big summer campaign at home where she won the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes before running second in the Group 3 A J Scahill Stakes.

Meanwhile, Victorian horseman Robert Hickmott is expecting to make another rare Adelaide appearance on Saturday. The man behind leviathan-owner Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge team made the trip to Morphettville last weekend to watch former German stayer Nevis return to winning form.

Hickmott has nominated four horses this weekend including Nevis, Timikar, who is also engaged at Bendigo on Thursday, and Irish-bred duo the United States and Assign.

Originally published as Platelet headlines Irwin Stakes nominations

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Posted April 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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