Latta’s Platinum Kingdom scores first Australian win at Doomben

Not even the temptation of a million dollars can sway the connections of Platinum Kingdom, the winner of Saturday’s $125,000 Fred Best Classic at Doomben.

The Australian-bred, New Zealand-raced three-year-old gave Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta her first Australian win when the gelding won the group 3 event.

Asked if she would consider a start in the $1 million Stradbroke, Latta was emphatic.

”Even if he won the Queensland Guineas, his next start, he won’t go to the Stradbroke,” Latta said.

”He’ll have one more run in a listed event after the Guineas then head home for a rest.”

Starting at $15 and ridden by Jonathan Riddell, Platinum Kingdom scored by three-quarters of a length over the Chris Waller-trained Boban ($10) with a nose to Academus ($3.50) in third.

The favourite Sizzling was stuck well back in the ruck with little galloping room but failed to run on as expected.

Purchased as a weanling for $62,000 at a Magic Millions Sale, Platinum Kingdom took his record to nine wins from 17 starts.

”He’s such an honest and tough horse. He tries his heart out every time,” Latta said. ”He thrived when he arrived in Sydney and has done even better here [in Brisbane].”

Both Latta and Riddell said Platinum Kingdom had been targeted ”as a wet tracker”.

”He goes on all tracks, he’s just tough,” Latta added.

The $350,000 group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) is run on June 1 at Eagle Farm. Latta will then look to the $125,000 listed Daybreak Lover (1600m) at the same track a week later.

Riddell has a soft spot for Platinum Kingdom.

”He’s got electric gate speed which makes the job easier,” Riddell said. ”He’s a positive horse and travelled well today. He’s a horse that has just kept improving.”

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