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Victorian-bred four-year-old Platinum Sparkle made an auspicious Gloucester Park debut on Friday night when she was not extended in setting the pace and winning the 2130m Group 3 $30,000 Lombardo Pace for mares.

After a slow lead time of 39.4sec. and ambling opening quarters of 32sec. and 29.8sec. Platinum Sparkle, the $1.04 favourite from barrier one, sped over the final 400m sections in 28.3sec. and 28.7sec. to beat $61 outsider Areu Talkin by just under two lengths.

Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Platinum Sparkle had shown excellent promise at her first two appearances in WA, both at Bunbury, when she raced in the breeze before winning by a head from Major Freeway, and then finishing fourth behind Rascal when she ruined her chances by hanging badly.

“Her first-up win at Bunbury was enormous,” said Prentice. “But at her next start I pretty well couldn’t steer her. She raced one-out and one-back, and when I pulled her out, she couldn’t go because she was hanging down badly. Hanging wasn’t an issue tonight when she was on the rail, and, hopefully, we can get on top of her hanging.”

Prentice said that Adam Wilkinson, the Victorian part-owner of Platinum Sparkle, had contacted him out of the blue and asked him if he would train the mare.

“I expect her to be competitive against the good mares here,” said Prentice. “The aim at this stage is for her to run in the Norms Daughter Classic and the $125,000 Mares Classic in November.”

Platinum Sparkle is by Bettors Delight and is the second foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Bollinger Baby, who earned $67,256 from ten wins and 12 placings from 56 starts. Eight of her wins were in WA between 2010 and 2013 for trainer Andrew de Campo.

Bollinger Baby is a full-sister to Chancellor Cullen, who raced 74 times for 22 wins, 17 placings and $411,821 in prizemoney. Chancellor Cullen won the Group 1 McInerney Ford Classic in November 2012 when he defeated Bronze Seeker by a half-head.

Platinum Sparkle now has had 32 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and stakes of $118,640.