Darryl Bradley, aboard Platinum Kingdom after his win in
the listed Dunedin Guineas at Wingatui earlier this month,
will team up with the gelding again for the listed
Southland Guineas at Ascot Park tomorrow. Photo by Matt
The horse who eats like a troll is ready to chew up his
opposition in tomorrow's Southland Guineas - regardless of the
Platinum Kingdom goes into the listed 1600m event, the third
leg of the southern triple crown, as a warm favourite,
sitting at $2.20 in the fixed-odds market yesterday
The Lisa Latta-trained Magnus colt kept coming in the Dunedin
Guineas at Wingatui earlier this month, overcoming Paraketo
in the last 100m and Latta's South Island foreman, Marita
Frith, has bad news for the rest of the Southland Guineas
''He's just had a bit of quiet time out in the paddock and
he's had a nice gallop during the week,'' she said.
''He's feeling quite well within himself, so we're feeling
Frith, who is based in Christchurch, said Platinum Kingdom
would travel south today, as he likes time to take in his
''He'll have a day down there to stretch, and get the
travelling out of the way,'' Frith said.
''It relaxes him quite a bit and we'll see how he eats up.
Well, he eats like a troll anyway.''
Rain yesterday is forecast to ease to showers today and
tomorrow, but Platinum Kingdom, an unlucky third at Gore on a
slow track, is adaptable enough to handle any type of going,
''It might put him back a a little bit but he's had some nice
trials on heavy footing,'' she said.
The barrier draw of 7 is neither here nor there for the
gelding either, as he has barrier manners to suit any draw.
''He's always been out of the gates really fast so it doesn't
bother us if he gets a wide draw,'' she said.
''He's just an easy horse to work with in that sense.''
Expect jockey Darryl Bradley to sit Platinum Kingdom just in
behind the early leader, as his one main fault is his ability
to keep his mind on the job.
''He actually suits having something to chase,'' she said.
''If he hits the front too soon, he tends to switch off and
daydream, so we try and sit him in behind and get him to
concentrate on something in front for as long as we can.''
Berenice was a good third behind Platinum Kingdom in the
Wingatui leg of the triple crown and, being a filly, gets 2kg
relief on Platinum Kingdom. Chris Johnson will carry 54.5kg
when she jumps from barrier 2, while Absolut Excelencia, the
Gore Guineas winner, has drawn just inside Platinum Kingdom
at barrier 6.
Otago hopes in the guineas are represented by Ri'Gah Brook,
who steps up from a fourth in a special conditions maiden
1400m at Wingatui.