Platelet Wins Group 3 At Caulfield

Darren Dance, the principal of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, will always remember one morning he went to the trials at Burrumbeet to watch one of his horses. He was a bit disappointed when his runner was soundly beaten by an un-raced filly named What A Beauty.

So later that day Dance courtesy of the studbook and on the internet, he tracked down that filly's NSW breeder Graham Forbes. Soon after Dance decided to buy privately a younger half sister of What A Beauty on the provision Forbes kept a share in her. That filly now races as Platelet which scored a magnificent win in the Group 3 $125,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield taking her record to six starts for two wins and four placings.

Platelet, by Strategic from the Dracula mare Bloodline and named after ingredient in the blood which causes clotting, is to next run in the Listed $150,000 Gucci Stakes down the "straight six" at Flemington on VRC Oaks day. The previous night, Platelet's trainer Darren Weir won a 3000m restricted event at Moonee Valley with Gotta Take Care which had been successfully mixing flat with hurdle racing. He could return to the Valley for another suitable race under the lights again over the same journey on October 28 or run at Flemington in the $100,000 The Lavazza Long Black over 2800m on Melbourne Cup day. "Weiry'' then made it four wins from as many days at the Monday meeting at Donald when Derisive opened his account in a 2000m Maiden and later Skimalong charged home to take out a 1620m Rating 62.

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