Weir Quinella's The Monash Stakes

The Listed Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday proved a triumph for leading trainer Darren Weir when he provided the quinella. Ultra consistent filly Platelet, a winner of five races and placed a further six times in 12 starts, held off the late charge of stablemate Royal Bender. A three-year-old daughter of Strategic, Platelet completed a hat trick of wins when holding on to win by a half head. She is owned by a large contingent, headed by Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Syndications. Dance also part owns ‘Weiry’s’ third runner in the race, Rue Maple who finished unplaced after finishing third in the race last year. The win gave apprentice Damian Lane, who has forged a great association with the filly, his greatest success in his fledgling career. She is now likely to head to Adelaide for the Listed Reliance Petroleum Stakes over 1050m on July 28, in order to add to her $299,125 bank balance. On the same day, runner up Royal Bender will be out to achieve that ‘elusive’ first stakes win in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes. The rising five-year-old mare is a credit to her trainer and is racing in career best form. After winning a midweek race at Sandown, the Ballarat conditioner took her to Brisbane, running 2nd at Listed level before Saturday’s race.

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