AWAPUNI trainer Lisa Latta will know a lot more about Platinum Volos after the three-year-old’s black type debut at Otaki on Friday.
The trainer is stepping into unknown territory with the son of Dalghar in the Group Three Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes.
Platinum Volos has made a bright start to its career with two wins and two placings from the horse’s six appearances, including a last-start second over 1400m at Riccarton behind the highly-regarded filly Savvy Coup.
Latta said there is still an unknown quantity to the gelding heading into Friday.
“He handled the better track down there, but it’s hard to know at this stage whether he will handle the mile at Otaki. It’s a question mark,” the trainer said.
“It’s a bit difficult to know if he was coming to the end of his run over the 1400m at Christchurch or not.
“It was his first trip away and he has done well since he came home.”
Masa Tanaka will have the task of guiding Platinum Volos’ fortunes from the outside gate in the Levin Racing Club’s feature.
“The wide draw is a bit of a concern as well, we’ll just have to hope for a little bit of luck from out there,” Latta said.
Platinum Volos’ performance over the mile at Otaki will determine his summer programme, with the grey gelding eligible for the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie on January 27.
“We’re going to learn a lot more about the horse tomorrow and whether we look to take him to Auckland.”