Group-winning filly Platelet earned a crack at late-season black kind races with a determined victory at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Darren Weir-trained three-year-old had to carry 59kg after the 1.5kg claim for apprentice Damian Lane but she held off Gig ($ 11) by a half length in the Dominant Handicap (1200m) with Pixie Eyes ($ 41) a nose away 3rd.
Weir said Platelet, winner of the Group Three Thoroughbred Club Stakes final spring, would progress to the fat-for-age Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in two weeks along with stablemate Rue Maple.
“The drop in weight in the Monash is going to be the important for her,” Weir mentioned.
“It really is attractive to run her in that race but she is going to have to be proper on leading of her game.
“She’ll go there and then to Adelaide for the Dermody Stakes (now SAJC Lightning Stakes). They have been her two goals this time in.”
Lane got Platelet outdoors the lead in running and following kicking properly on straightening the filly had ample in the tank to notch her fourth win from 11 begins.
Lane’s victory on Platelet, the $ three.ten favourite, was followed by fellow apprentice Bradley Wallace who notched his very first metropolitan Saturday winner aboard Forty Thirty in the Don Abell Cup (1600m).
Wallace, the son of Gold Coast trainer John Wallace, is on a three-month loan to Tony Noonan and he led all the way on the Clinton McDonald-skilled Forty Thirty to win by 4-one/2 lengths.