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Platelet (horse)

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I've re-reviewed the Horse Racing Guidelines on Notability. Platelet exceeds the entry criteria as she is a Multiple GROUP 1 Winner, winning 2 of 4 Group 1 races in South Australia in the 2012/2013 racing season, making her the most successful horse in South Australia during the racing year. This was reported in mainstream media including TV (note: I've added some links). Additionally she also made the mainstream press and TV relating to her scratching in the headline Group 1 race during the Spring of 2013 the Darley Classic. Finally she has produced the highest priced yearling of a champion stallion Exceed and Excel who won the stallion premiership in 2012/2103. Her foal being the 2nd highest priced yearling in the Southern Hemisphere for the year.

SireStrategic (AUS)
GrandsireZeditive (AUS)
DamBloodline (AUS)
DamsireDracula (AUS)[1]
Foaled2 November 2008
ColourBay (horse)
BreederGH Forbes (NSW)[1]
OwnerCressfield Stud - (Former owners: Aus Thoroughbred B/Stock Syn, G Holt, G Forbes, J Macdonald, P Brittain, B Fellows, A Downing, M Goodridge, Mrs W Weir, T Edwards, Inas Racing Synd)
Racing coloursFluorescent Yellow, Navy Blue Seams
TrainerDarren Weir
Record32: 10-9-5
Major wins
SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes (2013)
SAJC The Goodwood (2013)
VRC Gilgai Stakes (2013)
MRC Throughbred Club Stakes (2011)
MRC John Monash Stakes (2012)
Last updated on 16 January 2020

Platelet was a notable Australian Thoroughbred race horse.

Platelet (foaled 2 November 2008) is a retired multiple Group 1 winning mare who was trained by Ballarat-based trainer Darren Weir who during her racing career won $1,396,250.[3] Her consistency was highlighted winning 10 races with a further 9 second placing out of only 32 starts. The highlight of her career was winning the Group 1 South Australian Robert Sangster – Goodwood [4] sprint double which only the champion Black Caviar has been able to achieve. [5] She was retired on 18 April 2015. [6] Her second foal was the highest priced Exceed and Excel yearling ever sold at $1.8m [7]


Platelet was born on 2 November 2008 from the Dracula mare Bloodlette.[8]

Racing career[edit]

2010–11: two-year-old season[edit]

Platelet was unraced as a 2yo after playing up in the barriers at Swan Hill and being scratched[9]

2011–12: three-year-old season[edit]

She returned after regaining her barrier certificate on the first racing day of the racing season (1st August 2011) where she finished 2nd at Echuca. At this stage it was difficult to imagine the subsequent heights she would reach. She won her second start at Geelong and continued to improve finishing her first campaign as the winner of the Group 3 Throughbred Club Stakes at MRC with the record of 6: 2-2-2. Returning in the Autumn she completed a 6 race campaign finishing with a winning trifecta of races culminating in a victory in the Listed John Monash Stakes.[10] Her record at the end of the season was 12: 5-3-3.

2012–13: four-year-old season[edit]

Returning as a four-year-old on 1 September 2012, Platelet had 3 starts in the Spring without claiming a an elusive victory but still claimed a further two placings. She returned in the Autumn to complete her most successful campaign with Victory in both Group 1 Sprint races in Adelaide (the Sangster and The Goodwood) [11] repeating the feat of Black Caviar the year before. [12] Her record now standing at 19: 7-5-5.

2013–14: five-year-old season[edit]

Platelet returned in the Spring of 2013 winning the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes [13] at Flemington with Michelle Payne on board at her second start of the campaign. This campaign was not without controversy as she was a late scratching from the Group 1 $1m VRC Spring due to a stabling administration error.[14]

Her autumn campaign added another victory and two further second placings in both the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes and The Goodwood. Her record at the end of the season stood at 27: 9-8-5.

2014–15: six-year-old season[edit]

Platelet started her final racing year with a second in the Group 2 Schillaci in October 2014, then went unplaced in her next two Group 1 starts in the Manikato and the Darley Classic after drawing the outside barrier in both events. She returned in the Autumn winning a 955m sprint at Moonee Valley before injuring herself in what would be her final start the Group 3 Irvin Stakes. The ownership led by Darren Dance of ATB Thoroughbreds making the decision to retire her as she had been very good to them. [15] Her career ended with the outstanding record of 32: 10-9-5

Retirement & Breeding[edit]

Platelet was purchased by Cressfield Stud in 2015 post her racing career. Platelet's first foal was a 2016 Fastnet Rock colt that was sold as a yearling for $80,000 at the Inglis Classic sale. This was followed by a 2018 Exceed and Excel colt which was sold for the Exceed and Excel yearling record price of $1.8m[16] and represented the 2nd highest priced lot in Australia's highest grossing sale [17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 ASB: Platelet
  2. "Platelet Horse Profile (AUS)".
  3. "Dance pays tribute to Platelet". Racing.com. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  4. "Platelet Serves up Encore". Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. "History says - The Goodwood". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. "Platelet Breednet Profile". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  7. "Highest Price Exceed and Excel Yearling Ever". Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  8. "Platelet Breednet Profile". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  9. "Barrier Work Pays Dividends". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  10. "Sir John Monash stakes". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  11. "Double Dose of Platelet". Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  12. "History says - The Goodwood". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  13. "Platelet has Weir smiling". Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  14. "Platelet Late Scratching". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  15. "Dance pays tribute to Platelet". Racing.com. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  16. "$1.8m Exceed and Excel Colt". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  17. "Millions Sale Adds to the Magic on the Gold Coast". Retrieved 16 January 2020.

Category2008 racehorse births CategoryRacehorses trained in Australia CategoryRacehorses bred in Australia CategoryAustralian Racehorses CategoryThe Goodwood CategoryRobert Sangster Stakes

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