Thursday, April 25, 2024

Gone Platinum a test of form


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ROUTE RACES usually produce some of the most exciting finishes. Punters are challenged to determine what method to use in order to predict the winner.
Do they use the sires guide? How much of a factor are class and breeding in deciding which horse has the pedigree to get the distance and do speed and class really matter if you can’t stay the trip?
Today’s Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association race day card at the Garrison?Savannah will feature three consecutive 1 800 metres events. This sequence will unfold as early as Race 3, the Gone Platinum Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 55-75.
On paper, it doesn’t look a hard equation to solve but the form of more than half this field makes this an intriguing affair.
Royal Spirit’s career campaign has ranged from 1 000 to 1 800 metres. While going at 1 570 he mostly gives the impression he would appreciate longer distances, but his returns at longer trips are moderate.
Victor Ludorum’s past record looks very similar to that of Royal Spirit, the only difference being that he clearly does not get the nine-furlong trip. Steppin Razor has come along nicely from when he first started.
On rating, he is clearly out of his league, with his best return at today’s trip being fourth in a 30-55 rated event.
Reprise is one that will appreciate the distance, especially with the soft conditions underfoot. Yet to score at this trip, she always looks dangerous on paper but her most recent form leaves one to wonder.
Grace Chapel probably has the best past performances at this distance, and with very respectable company her last two efforts in conditions she favours have left punters mystified as to what’s going on with her. Even at this weight this field still appears right up her alley.
Heavenly Angel has tried these route distances before with moderate success, but she comes back after a layoff and, like most, with dubious form. Just Jiving, at nine-years-old, is easily the form horse in the race. This grandfather has been running like a young boy, no matter what the distance is. He recently won the Andrew Trophy Condition Race for horses rated 0-45 over 1 100 metres.
He then followed that up by winning the Right Excellent Bussa Handicap for horses rated 38-60 over 2 000 metres. His stamina in soft conditions and his resilience will certainly stand him in good stead.
Reward Me’s returns are moderate at this distance and after winning his second lifetime victory on a soft track against 53-75 rated horses, he produced rock-bottom efforts in his next two runs on firm ground.
Local Speed always runs a good 2 000 metres and it is surprising that this is not reciprocated at today’s trip. However, at 118 pounds he could prove high voltage.
My picks
Race 1: High Tide
Race 2: Southern Lights
Race 3: Just Jiving
Race 4: Fuh Real
Race 5: Ocean Storm
Race 6: Zoom
Race 7: Cavaichi
Race 8: Rickoshey


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