William Hill Classic 2015: Platelet’s future hinges on crucial track gallop   Leave a comment

William Hill Classic 2015: Platelet’s future hinges on crucial track gallop

Platelet wins at Flemington.

Platelet (right) won both the William Hill Classic and Goodwood in 2013 before finishing runner-up in the sprint features last year. Source: News Limited

THERE have been few more important track gallops than the one star mare Platelet will undertake on Tuesday.

If she takes the work in her stride, Darren Weir’s million-dollar winner will run in Saturday’s $400,000 William Hill Classic (1200m) at Morphettville.

If she fails to flatter, her racing career is over.

It’s as simple as that.

Platelet was expected to tackle the William Hill Classic-Goodwood double for the third straight year — but an inglorious effort in the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville on April 18 put those plans in jeopardy.

The six-year-old mare raced many lengths below her best in the Irwin, finishing sixth to Daytona Grey in the seven-horse field, and Weir remains at a loss to explain the failure.

“Everything seems all right … but she ran very poorly last time,” Weir said.

“We’re going to gallop her on Tuesday and that will make the decision.

“As long as she gallops well, we’ll push on.

“If she doesn’t, we’ll retire her.”

Platelet won both the William Hill Classic and Goodwood in 2013 before finishing runner-up in the sprint features last year.

The Group 1 William Hill Classic is shaping as one of the strongest editions of the race in a number of years.

While Platelet’s place in the field is uncertain, all the other leading hopes are confirmed starters.

Top Victorian horseman John Sadler, the trainer of Saturday’s impressive Listed Nitschke Stakes winner Japhils, said pre-post favourite Vain Queen was shaping up well for the 1200m event.

The five-year-old has been marked the $5 top elect in TattsBet fixed-odds marketsfollowing an eye-catching, last-start second to Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 27.

A pair of former South Australian gallopers, Avoid Lightning and Miracles Of Life — second and third favourites respectively — are both confirmed runners.

Tim Clark wins on Avoid Lightning at Randwick. Picture: Damian Shaw

Tim Clark wins on Avoid Lightning at Randwick. Picture: Damian Shaw Source: Supplied

Randwick trainer Les Bridge said Avoid Lightning was due to arrive in Adelaide later in the week after earlier considering staying closer to home to run in the $150,000 Group 3 Darley Crown at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

He said the only reason Avoid Lightning would not run in the William Hill Classic was if the Morphettville surface was too firm, which seems highly unlikely given the forecast for showers and cool temperatures this week.

“She’s going to run in Adelaide. As long as the track’s not hard, she’s fine,” Bridge said.

“She pulled up well after her last run.

“She’s raced on the track over there so it’s not going to be new to her. That’s why there was no really hurry to get her there.”

Final acceptances for the William Hill Classic are at 9am on Wednesday.

WILLIAM HILL CLASSIC

$5 VAIN QUEEN

$5.50 Avoid Lightning

$6.50 Miracles Of Life

$7 Gregers, Politeness

$8 Platelet

$10 Bring Me The Maid

$11 Magnifisio

$12 or more others.

Market: TattsBet fixed-odds

Originally published as Platelet’s future hinges on crucial track gallop

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Posted April 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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