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Platelet earns end-of-season WFA start
Mathew Toogood
20:23 AEST Sat Jun 30 2012

Group-winning filly Platelet earned a crack at late-season black type races with a determined victory at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Darren Weir-trained three-year-old had to carry 59kg after the 1.5kg claim for apprentice Damian Lane but she held off Gig ($11) by a half length in the Dominant Handicap (1200m) with Pixie Eyes ($41) a nose away third.

Weir said Platelet, winner of the Group Three Thoroughbred Club Stakes last spring, would progress to the weight-for-age Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in two weeks along with stablemate Rue Maple.

"The drop in weight in the Monash is going to be the key for her," Weir said.

"It's appealing to run her in that race but she is going to have to be right on top of her game.

"She'll go there and then to Adelaide for the Dermody Stakes (now SAJC Lightning Stakes). They have been her two goals this time in."

Lane got Platelet outside the lead in running and after kicking well on straightening the filly had enough in the tank to notch her fourth win from 11 starts.

Lane's victory on Platelet, the $3.10 favourite, was followed by fellow apprentice Bradley Wallace who notched his first metropolitan Saturday winner aboard Forty Thirty in the Don Abell Cup (1600m).

Wallace, the son of Gold Coast trainer John Wallace, is on a three-month loan to Tony Noonan and he led all the way on the Clinton McDonald-trained Forty Thirty to win by 4-1/2 lengths.