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Platinum Witness Wins Gr1 NZ Bloodstock 1,000 Guineas
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Baerami Thoroughbreds stallion California Dane (Danehill-Storminwinter, by Seattle Slew) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO filly Platinum Witness (California Dane-Chartreuse, by St. Petersburg) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Lisa Latta in the NZ$300,000 Gr1 NZB 1,000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Darci's Dream (Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby, by Van Nistelrooy) & Belle Miraaj (Iffraaj-Beach Dance, by Carnegie). Platinum Witness, who was purchased for NZ$55,000 by Latta on behalf of long-time stable clients Lincoln Farms and Neville McAlister at the 2013 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Monovale Farm, took her record to 2 wins (including the Listed CJC Canterbury Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Listed Wanganui Guineas) from 10 starts for NZ$257,275 earnings. Winning jockey Darryl Bradley has enjoyed a long and successful association with Latta and her owners and he was delighted to repay them for their ongoing support, reports NZ Racing Desk. "It's absolutely amazing," Bradley said. "To win for Lisa Latta, Neville McAlister and Lincoln Farms and John Street is a great thrill." He added, "Turning in she was travelling really well and Darci's Dream kicked, but Platinum Witness was too strong over the concluding stages.