Team Hawkes have been thrilled with the condition displayed by Entirely Platinum in the lead-up to his competitive return, and remain confident their horse is the one to beat in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Entirely Platinum is a proven performer over course, distance and at the grade, having run a close second to Dissident in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up in autumn.
Having continued to impress in placing fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and sixth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2400m) before failing to get the distance in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) last time out on March 28th.
Wayne Hawkes told Racing Ahead the team is confident Entirely Platinum is ready to post a maiden Group 1 win in the 2015 Memsie Stakes, and will progress to races like the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) this time should form warrant a berth.
“He’s done well,” Hawkes said.
“He ran first-up in the autumn at the same conditions against Dissident in the CF Orr and lucky Dissident’s gone.
“Our bloke is very, very good and if he can bring his CF Orr race to Saturday he’ll be pretty hard to beat.
“We always thought he was a Caulfield Cup horse and every time we went to run him over a trip it never seem to work so not sure if we’ll keep him to a mile this time and he might end up in a race like the Emirates.
“He’s done super well and he goes good fresh over 1400m so it’s a good race for him on Saturday.”
There is not a lot of natural speed amongst the capacity 2015 Memsie Stakes field, but Hawkes believes the Pentire gelding will be able to adapt to whatever conditions are presented on Saturday.
“He’s probably put down as a leader by everyone but he’s certainly doesn’t have to be a leader, it’s just if there’s no pace he can roll to the front and do what he has to do,” Hawkes said.
“If they’re going lickety-split he can run third, fourth or fifth and it’s probably the place to be.
“It really depends how cleanly he jumps out of the barriers and Dwayne (Dunn) will sort it out from there with the pace of the race.”
Entirely Platinum has posted an impressive career record of six wins and as many minors through only 20 competitive starts so far, and is currently available at 2015 Memsie Stakes odds of $10 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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