Platoon On The March


Trainer Neville Parnham is confident his promising juvenile Platoon can hit the ground running and have an impact first up in the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday.

A son of Parnham’s multiple Group One champion, Playing God, Platoon showed he was on track for a successful return after winning his trial easily, dashing clear to defeat his next rival by 2 ¼ lengths.

The 19th edition of the Magic Millions Classic marks the comeback race for Platoon, who steps out for the first time in 2018 after running two impressive races in his only appearances last year.

On debut at Belmont he ran a sound second to boom filly, Kiss The Breeze, working to the line strongly after going back from his wide draw.

Three weeks later at Ascot he was edged out for second behind Agent Pippa after covering wide ground for the majority of the race.

The form reference out of his two runs are strong with Kiss The Breeze advancing to win her next race and maintaining her unbeaten status.

Agent Pippa was considered good enough to target top races in Melbourne before succumbing to injury and returning to Perth.

Parnham believes Platoon is primed for his return, his confidence boosted after the colt’s trial victory last month and a rousing track gallop earlier this week.

He looks a promising horse,” Parnham told Tabradio.

“He trialled really well.

“I wasn’t sure where he was at fitness wise.

“He had about six or seven weeks in the paddock after his second start.

“The plan was to get him up for the Magic Millions.

“I took him to the trials to get a handle on his fitness.

“He pulled up terrific and I couldn’t be happier.

“His gallop yesterday morning (Tuesday) was exceptionally good.

“He galloped with an older horse and got the better of him.

“He looks in good order.”

Julio Santarelli