Plato’s Golden blood­line shines through with stand­out gal­lop

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By Ray Hick­son

HE’S by a Golden Slip­per win­ner and is half-brother to a Golden Slip­per win­ner – Plato is cer­tainly bred to be good and he put plenty of abil­ity on dis­play in his heat at Caulfield Tues­day morn­ing.

By Pierro out of Stakes, dam of Van­cou­ver, Plato (a $1.5m year­ling) is on a hid­ing to noth­ing as far as race­track per­for­mance goes but he de­stroyed his ri­vals in his 650m heat, his third (and most im­pres­sive) jump out in suc­ces­sive weeks.

Where Mick Price takes him from here re­mains to be seen and if he turns up in town it will speak vol­umes about the trainer’s opin­ion.

Heat 1 (41.11): PETITE’S RE­WARD showed a heap of speed lead­ing SEAT­TLE BOOM and MIGHTY LIKE up handy. Petite’s Re­ward stayed wide and was joined on the turn by SPE­CIAL DIVA rail­ing through. No pres­sure ap­plied to any and Spe­cial Diva held half a length on Petite’s Re­ward and Seat­tle Boom also close up. Oth­ers: Brae­mar, Hard Call, Hep­tagon. Heat 2 (41.12): PRES­TI­GIOUS MISS and INTRICE’S RE­WARD matched strides early from PETE’S DRAGON three out and VON VACHERON get­ting up near the fence in a bunched field. Un­der rid­ing Intrice’s Re­ward re­gained lead from Von Vacheron early in the straight and beat Pete’s Dragon by a head. Oth­ers: Toorak Rose, Cam­bridge Lady. Heat 3 (41.08): EX­CESS LOVE cleared them to lead HONEY ESPRIT (2f, McDonald) while fur- ther out PEN­TIRE/MY GUARDIAN (Webb) was stoked up and MIGHTY BOSS out­side him. With a rails run on the turn FU­TURE ROAD hit lead and kicked away from Ex­cess Love Honey Esprit. Other: Bam. Heat 4 (41.22): PLATO (2c, Price) found the front eas­ily from KASI FARASI (2c, Price) with a cou­ple of lengths to HAMMERFEST (2f, Webb) and VASORI (2f, McDonald). FI­NALS TIME (2g, Smer­don) set­tled at the back. Plato bounded away un­der a hold on the turn and put about six lengths Kasi Farasi and an­other two to Hammerfest. Heat 5 (42.01): SLEEK ACHEEVA (3c, Webb) landed in the lead from MISS AD­MI­RA­TION (2f, Price) im­prov­ing on the in­side and MISS GAI (2f, Price) out­side. About three to TURN DOWN FOR WHAT (2c, Dwyer). Sleek Acheeva trav­elled bet­ter than Miss Ad­mi­ra­tion in the straight and won by a head with six to Gai. Oth­ers: Cuffed, Hard Spun/Lil Mizo. Heat 6 (43.01): No­body keen to lead and SUN WUKONG (2c, Price) had it over REBEL RAIDER/DECK THE DOL­PHIN (Webb) and TRISCILLA (2f, Ma­her) re­strained. SWIFT AL­LURE (3f, Smer­don) was right be­hind them. Rebel Raider/ Deck The Dol­phin railed through to the lead and kicked a cou­ple clear from Sun Wukong stok­ing up again late and Swift Al­lure. Oth­ers: I Feel It Com­ing, Foxwedge/ Triple Latte. Heat 7 (42.14): SOUTH­ERN STRAT­EGY (3f, Oliver) took it up with TIPSY VEDOVA (2f, Webb) on its out­side and a cou­ple to ENSISHEIM (2f, Noblet) in the clear. South­ern Strat­egy was un­der a tight hold and cruised home length clear of STREET IM­PACT (3f, Smer­don) pick­ing up late with Ensisheim along­side. Other: Mon­sun Sol­dier. Heat 8 ( 1100m, 1:14.28): DAME VASSA even­tu­ally led from REBELUTION on the in­side and WHAT LIZAHEAD three out with KOOLAMA BAY sit­ting be­hind them. Un­der some rid­ing be­fore the turn Koolama Bay hit the lead then eased up from 400m and they ba­si­cally pulled up from there. Oth­ers: Dolce Boy, Zar­tini.

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