THERE were reportedly doubts in some quarters over whether Platinum Class would see out 1800m in Saturday’s Gr3 Final Fling Stakes, but the manner in which she won makes one wonder why those doubts ever existed?
Platinum Class, just ambling along easy in a six-horse field, responded beautifully when asked to extend and gave Richard Fourie an armchair ride home, winning by 2.5-lengths from Libra and Glamorous Life.
“When I worked out a Pick 6 I thought to myself Platinum Class would be a banker, her rivals had nothing on her,” Justin Snaith said, echoing what would have been the thoughts of many a punter. Why isn’t racing always this easy!
Snaith said: “She’s a lovely filly, a pleasure to train and I wish I had more like her.” Rated 100-plus and having proved she’s more than capable over the distance, Platinum Class suggested that she’s a Gr1 Majorca hopeful for next year. Her trainer hinted, too, that star mare Oh Susanna may remain in training to stake her claims in the 2020 Cape feature season.
Jockey Richard Fourie said: “Platinum Class comes well in winter, she likes the wet.”
Platinum Class, bred by the high-riding Wilgerbosdrift/Mauritzfontein camp and owned by Gaynor Rupert, shows 7 from 19 and R666,000 in stake earnings. She’s a daughter of Silvano and Express Queen by Jet Master and, with black type well secured is already a wonderful addition to Drakenstein’s broodmare band.
She may also race on, however, and as Drakenstein’s Kevin Sommerville suggested, Mrs Rupert and her advisors have a few important decisions to make in the next few weeks.