Unless you have been paying attention to the comings and goings across the pond, you might have missed the continued rise and rise of Platinum Kingdom, but Australian racegoers are likely to get a first hand look at the Magnus 3YO at this year’s Brisbane carnival.
The flashy youngster booked a trip across the Tasman following an impressive victory in the Listed Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas, hot on the hoof of an equally plucky win in the Listed Dunedin Guineas a fortnight ago.
Platinum Kingdom, winner of the Listed Champagne Stakes at two, seems to be applying the rule of thumb for the Magnus youngsters in that they are showing marked improvement with age.
Jockey Darryl Bradley is certainly convinced that Platinum Kingdom has what it takes to make a splash in Brisbane, where his ultimate goal would appear to the rich, Group One Queensland Derby.
“The plan was to put him on the speed and he just galloped away from them,” said Bradley, a regular on Latta-trained horses and also the winning rider in the Dunedin Guineas.
“Up the straight he was just waiting for them. He’s some horse, he could do anything the way he relaxes.”
Magnus, a Group One winning sprinter in his own right, and a close relation to the magnificence that is Black Caviar, has a wide cast of yearlings available for both the Melbourne Premier and Adelaide Magic Millions sales next month.