Strategic (Zeditave – Sudden Impulse, by Luskin Star) mare Platelet (Strategic – Bloodline, by Dracula) proved her Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) win was no fluke with another strong victory in Saturday’s Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.
Platelet completed her transformation from an honest mare into an elite performer with her Robert Sangster Classic success but moved into exalted air as a multiple Group 1 winner in the Goodwood.
The Goodwood victory took Platelet within range of the $1 million barrier in earnings, which is an outstanding performance considering the four-year-old was part of a package deal when her dam Bloodline (Dracula – Sketches, by Danehill) was sold for $6000 while carrying the bay at the 2008 Inglis Weanling and Broodmare Sale.
Ben Melham was aboard Platelet in the Sangster Classic and produced an identical ride on her in the Goodwood, positioning her midfield before allowing her to finish hard to deny Conservatorium (Royal Academy – Belong To Madam, by Belong To Me) a shock win while Darley mare Altar (Commands – Hosannah, by Octagonal) was third.
Melham’s second straight win on Platelet was his third victory in South Australia’s four Group 1 races this season after he also won the South Australian Derby (2500m) on Escado (Casino Prince – Secret Cause, by Giant’s Causeway). The Victorian jockey was keen to deflect praise to his mount and her trainer Darren Weir.
“This mare has been at her top for two seasons and this week she was probably as good as she has ever been,” Melham said. “Darren Weir is one of the best there is and he’s shown it today.”
Platelet emulated the deeds of recently retired champion Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun), who won both events last year while she became the fourth mare in successive years to win the Goodwood after Lone Rock (Fastnet Rock – Pride Of Pine, by Lion Cavern) and Velocitea (Volksraad – Cat Shmea, by Felix The Cat) won the race in 2011 and 2010 respectively.
Platelet is one of three Group 1 winners sired by Darley veteran Strategic, who has produced almost 500 individual winners in a career stretching back to 1997. The rising 21-year-old stallion will stand for $5500 in the 2013 breeding season.