A Group 2 and Group 1 placegetter as a juvenile, the now four-year-old Bernardini mare Platinum Balos resumed from a break last Saturday to win the Hiremaster Special Conditionsover 1200m at Trentham, New Zealand.
After two indifferent performances the campaign prior the mare was spelled, so in the last 19 months she has had limited racing, having been to the races on only three occasions.
Trained by Lisa Latta, Platinum Balos settled back in the ten horse field for jockey Darryl Bradley after being squeezed up at the start. Coming wide before the home turn, Bradley urged his mount along, as she made up many lengths from the 400m to always look like she had the leaders covered.
Winning the race by a neck margin to break her maiden, it appears that the talent she showed as a juvenile is back, and all the issues she may have had are now behind her.
Purchased from the draft of Mill Park Stud at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Platinum Balos is the first foal out of the More Than Ready mare Lassie Mactavish, herself a full sister to the Listed performers Ready To Mombo and Yatala.
The current three-year-old out of the mare, a filly by another of the Darley stallions in Street Sense is also showing promising, having had one start for Morphettville-based trainer Phillip Stokes, recording a good third behind Colonel Custer, who himself went on to finish second in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes behind Mill Park Stud graduate Beluga Blue, and will head to the Group 1 VRC Derby.
The current two-year-old from the mare is an unraced colt by I Am Invincible, purchased by Mark Kavanagh Racing at this year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, while the mare produced a filly by Zoustar this season before heading to be covered by Darley’s new recruit Hallowed Crown, the dual Group 1-winning son of Street Sense.