Platinum Revolution and Lauren Tritton in a recent Menangle victory. Photo: Ashlea Brennan.
Kiwi-bred two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution is the latest Australian raider added to the list for the 2018 Harness Jewels, to be held at Cambridge Raceway on June 2.
Connections of the Group 3 Pink Bonnet winner have accepted an invitation into the 2YO Diamond.
Her record currently stands at three starts for two wins and a third. The win in the Pink Bonnet in early March was over a mile and she recorded a time of 1.54.7.
The daughter of Changeover is trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton of Sydney and owned by Rob Jones.
Shane Tritton was thrilled to receive the invitation and did not hold back on his opinion of the filly.
“I’m very happy with Gucci (Platinum Revolution). She has come back better this preparation and is undoubtedly the best two-year-old filly I have trained,” he stated.
“She is versatile and tough and we are very excited to be bringing her to the Jewels.”
The daughter of Changeover has a unique connection to another Australian, now claimed as an honorary Kiwi by the New Zealand racing industry.
She was co-bred by commentator Mark McNamara, along with his wife Katie, her father Steve and their good friend Aaron Goadsby.
Her dam, Champagne Franco, was lightly raced having had just two career starts but won on debut at Rangiora in 2011 for then trainer/driver Mark Jones.
Platinum Revolution is her second live foal and first to race, and her career has been keenly followed by her breeders.
“I’m really happy for the horse more than anything,” said Mark.
“She was the most beautifully-natured yearling and an absolute pleasure to have around.”
“All the credit has to go to Matt Cross, he broke her in. And to the team at Mark Jones’ stable who did the early work with her.”
“I knew when Shane bought her she was going to get her chance but to know now she’s coming for the Jewels is extremely exciting.
“Her Mum got some extra hay this morning.”
Platinum Revolution joins an impressive Australian assault on the Jewels in 2018, with invitations already accepted by connections of Custodian, Wobelee, Carlas Pixel, Shez All Rock and Jilliby Kung Fu.