DUAL group 1 winner Platelet launches her spring campaign at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The last-start Goodwood Handicap winner makes her re-appearance in the group 2 McEwen Stakes, 1000m.
The Darren Weir-trained Platelet took her status as a racehorse and value as a broodmare to whole new level in the autumn with group 1 victories in the Sangster Stakes, 1200m, and Goodwood Handicap, 1200m, in Adelaide.
The Goodwood is regarded as one of Australia’s premier sprint and in winning Platelet joined some of the greats of the turf such as Black Caviar (2012), Takeover Target (2009).
Platelet is now within reach of $1m in stakemoney with $946,475 in earnings.
With $105,000 the first prize in the McEwen, she could pass the milestone as soon as Saturday.
If and when she does, she will join Melbourne Cup runner-up as a million dollar earner for Weir’s Ballarat stable.
And if things go to plan for Weir, she will not be the last to reach seven figures for Weir this season.
Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance de Lune is already on $678,000.
Weir’s other big earners in his training career include Like It Is $600,000-plus, and Skewiff, Broken, Gotta Keep Cool, Field Hunter, True Courser and Time Matters $500,000-plus.
Ben Melham retains the ride of Platelet, which lines up against super sprinter Moment Of Change, which has won the group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes and is a Newmarket Handicap and Lightning Stakes runner-up..
Weir is largely pinning his hopes in mares at Moonee Valley on Saturday to keep his momentum going on city tracks this season.
Last-start Swan Hill winner May’s Dream, a daughter of She’s Archie, gets her first taste of city class in a three-year-old fillies’ plate, 1200m.
Weir also takes on champion Atlantic Jewell in the group 2 $220,000 Stock Stakes, 1600m, with Ava’s Delight and the improving Bec Said No Credit, which has won her past three starts.