Platelet On Top Of Irwin Stakes Betting

April 17th, 2015

The 2015 Irwin Stakes field has been released and talented sprinter Platelet is currently a narrow favourite to record another win at black type level at Morphettville this weekend.

Platelet has the chance to record a second straight win when she contests the 2015 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville this weekend. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Platelet has the chance to record a second straight win when she contests the 2015 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville this weekend. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground for Platelet after she took out the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) before she finished second in both races last year and she is taking winning form into the Irwin Stakes following her first-up win in a heat of the Jeep 55 Second Challenge (955m) at Moonee Valley on March 27.

Platelet is currently available at 2015 Irwin Stakes odds of $2.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au and is locked in a battle for favouritism with talented Perth sprinter Magnifisio ($2.60).

Magnifisio has not been seen at the races since she finished second behind Watermans Bay in the Group 3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on December 6, but was one of the star performers of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival after she took out the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Trainer Jim Taylor is happy with the condition of Magnifisio heading into the Irwin Stakes, but he believes that the Magnus mare will take plenty of benefit out of the run heading into the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).

“She flew over on the Wednesday night, spent a day in Melbourne and then she came over by road,” Taylor said.

“This is the first time that she has been away and she took a couple of days to settle on, but she is really good now and she is eating her head off and seems to be enjoying it.

“She is normally better second-up, but I had her pretty fit when she left home and she has a drawn a good barrier.

“I know that there is a good mare in it in Platelet and she will be hard to beat, but she is probably as fit as I have had her first-up and she should go well.

“The Group 1 mares race over her preferable distance looks a good option and whatever she does she should improve on for second-up.”

The Messina Nymph is currently on the third line of Irwin Stakes betting at a quote of $4.80 and is another galloper that is taking winning form into the race.

The Commands mare produced an outstanding performance to take out the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 18 and she returned to racing with a tough win in the Listed Manihi Classic (1100m) at Morphettville on March 28.

The consistent Riziz is the only other galloper that is available at single figure Irwin Stakes odds, while the likes of Scarlet Billows ($19), Karacatis ($19), Rifleman ($41) and Daytona Grey ($67) are all priced at lengthy quotes.

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