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Platinum InvadorPlatinum Invador Live Derby Chance

If there was some doubt a week ago whether he would make the field for the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby, Awapuni visitor Platinum Invador is now on the third line of betting at $7.50 with the NZ TAB and the stars are aligning after winning at Otaki last Saturday and then being a last minute inclusion in the top 18 for the Derby, while top South Island jockey Chris Johnson retains the mount after being in the saddle at his recent outings.

Bred by Chris Stewart of Auckland, the son of Redwood has looked a promising stayer since winning his maiden in December over 1600m and he has posted wins over 2100m twice since against the older horses as well as a luckless effort when ninth in the Avondale Guineas two weeks ago.  Trainer Lisa Latta ran Platinum Invador last Saturday in the three and four-year-old event over 2100m in order to bolster Platinum Invador’s prizemoney with the horse winning with ease, and while Platinum Invador will be having his third race in two weeks the horse is thriving on racing and there will be no fitter horse heading into the Derby.

As hard as it is to have a horse fit and make the final field for the Derby, Latta has done a remarkable job to have three representatives in Saturday’s race with Sir Nate and Lincoln Falls making up the threesome, and all will be genuine chances come Saturday.

A $25,000 purchase from the Westbury draft by Latta on behalf of owners Neville McAllister and Lincoln Farms Ltd, Platinum Invador is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Atomic Dancer and descends from an Italian family with strong links to a number of black type performers boasting form over 2400m and beyond, while his sire Redwood was a Group 1 winner over 2400m and is close related to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Dancing Brave.

While it would be a very good effort to win a Derby after racing for the two weeks preceding the event, Platinum Invador could well be the horse to take it in his stride and it would be a very worthy result for a combination of owners and trainers who put a lot into New Zealand racing.


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