Jewels - A Revolution is coming
Kiwi-bred two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution has been the latest Australian raider added to the list for the 2018 Harness Jewels to be held at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday 2 June.
A Group Three Pink Bonnet winner, Platinum Revolution has accepted an invitation into the 2YO Diamond with a record of three starts, two wins and a third.
The win in the Pink Bonnet in early March was over the distance of one mile, in which she recorded a time of 1.54.7.
Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton of Sydney and owned by Rob Jones, Shane was thrilled to receive the invitation and did not hold back on his opinion of the filly.
“I’m very happy with Gucci (Platinum Revolution). She has come back better this preparation and is undoubted the best two-year-old filly I have trained,” he stated.
“She is versatile and tough and we are very excited to be bringing her to the Jewels.”
The daughter of Changeover has a unique to connection to another Australian, now claimed as an honorary Kiwi by the New Zealand racing industry.
She was co-bred by commentator Mark McNamara, along with his wife Katie, her father Steve and their good friend Aaron Goadsby.
Her dam, Champagne Franco, was lightly raced having just two career starts but won on debut at Rangiora in 2011 for then trainer/driver Mark Jones.
Platinum Revolution is her second live foal and first to race, and her career has been keenly followed by her breeders.
“I’m really happy for the horse more than anything,” said Mark. “She was the most beautiful natured yearling an absolute pleasure to have around.”
“All the credit has to go to Matt Cross, he broke her in. And to the team at Mark Jones stable who did the early work with her.”
“I knew when Shane bought her she was going get her chance but to know now she’s coming for the Jewels is extremely exciting. Her Mum got some extra hay this morning.”
Whilst Mark cannot make the Jewels this year, his wife Katie will be present at the meeting to cheer Platinum Revolution home for her breeders. Which is fitting given she gifted the filly her name.
“Katie named her. The ‘Platinum’ came from the dam’s ‘Champagne’ factor, and ‘Revolution’ is from the sire ‘Changeover,’” explained Mark. “Katie was away when the horse left, so she is looking forward to seeing her again.”
Platinum Revolution joins an impressive Australian assualt on the Jewels in 2018, with invitations already accepted by Custodian, Wobelee, Carla’s Pixel, Shez All Rock and Jilliby Kung Fu.
2018 could potentially see the first year the Australians take a Jewels victory.