Plato’s Golden bloodline shines through with standout gallop
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.