Highlight of this past weekend’s virtual horse racing action from Equination was Sunday’s Silver Platter Stakes (G3), over one mile, half a furlong on the dirt for three year olds. The race is a recognised trial for the Equination.net Derby, first leg in the Equination Triple Crown and scheduled to take place on November 7th. The Silver Platter attracted a competitive looking seventeen runner field, with Extreme Dude the only scratching.
Race favorite was Haisty Kid, based on last season’s placed effort in the Breeders Cup and an impressive breeze a week earlier, which had clock watchers staring in disbelief at their timepieces and owner, March Farm 2, brimming with pre-race confidence. This was far from a one horse race however with a handful of others also having very strong claims. Finishing one place in front of Haisty Kid in the Breeders Cup and re-opposing here was last season’s top juvenile colt, Rev em Up. The Staughton vale colt demonstrated he had clearly trained on when notching up an impressive HRR of 126.75 when winning on only his second start this term.
The highest rating of all on display belonged to Rainy Day Stables’ No Room At The Inn. The Outta Luck colt had shown steadily improving form culminating in a career best 127.9 when winning an allowance race last time out by a whopping thirteen length margin.
Another who appeared to have progressed significantly from two to three was ISLANDBURT’s Island Tale For Fashions. This Tale Of Passion colt clocked a useful HRR of 124.8 when winning on his seasonal debut, his only race so far this term. Second on that occasion was Breeders Cup fourth, Extreme Dude – a line of form which suggested he had as good a chance as any of the main contenders here.
The race itself was won from the front with very few getting in a blow against the pace-setting trio of Haisty Kid, Rev em Up and Island Tale For Fashions. This threesome were locked in battle from start to finish and it was not until inside the final quarter that Island Tale For Fashions was able to exert his superiority over the other pair, going on to score by a hard fought length, posting a career best effort of 127.0 in the process. Rev em Up held second ahead of third placed Haisty Kid.
This was Island Tale For Fashions’ first attempt at graded level and judging by his performance here, there is better yet to come from ISLANDBURT’s improving gray. The form looks reliable and reads well in context of the Equination.net Derby where the three year old must now be a leading fancy.
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