Platinum Mam'selle (Mark du Plessis) scores well from Boy Next Door in the two-year-old event at Trentham.
With her maiden win ticked off, Awapuni juvenile Platinum Mam’selle is now ready for the step up to stakes company.
Having her third start in the Kilbirnie Sports Premier at Trentham today, the Lisa Latta-trained filly proved strongest over the final stages of the 1200-metre event to score by a long neck. The warm favourite King Louis looked set for victory when he strode to the front as the field crossed to the courser proper, but he had no answer to the late challenges of Platinum Mam’selle and Boy Next Door.
At the line Platinum Mam’selle held a comfortable margin over Boy Next Door, with a length and quarter back to King Louis.
The winner had finished second on debut on her home track last month and showed the benefit of that experience as rider Mark du Plessis brought her home with a sustained finishing burst. Buoyed by the performance, Latta now has back-type targets in mind for Platinum Mam’selle.
“She’s a pretty easy filly to train and she’s learnt a lot,” Latta commented. “On that run I think she’s ready to try for black type, so we’ll probably look at New Plymouth (Gr. 3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic on February 3).
“After that there’s the Group One (Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes) on her home track; she should like the 1400 metres there.”
Platinum Mam’selle, from the first crop of the Northern Meteor stallion Fighting Sun and his first winner, was bought for A$80,000 by part-owner Neville McAllister working in conjunction with bloodstock agent Paul Beamish at an Adelaide yearling sale.