Diamond Boy sired a quick-fire double during the busy Christmas period, when his sons took the final two races at Leicester on Friday.
First to score was Ar Mest in the feature hurdle over two miles, having been sent off joint-favourite under Jamie Moore. Ridden prominently, he led from the second last flight and was driven out to beat fellow market leader Percy Street by three parts of a length.
Jerry Hinds, one of the winning owners, later commented, “He stayed well and he jumped well, so I’m delighted.” Trained by Gary Moore, Ar Mest won his maiden hurdle impressively in February.
Gary Moore doubled up in the next race, the Old Year Handicap Chase, with another joint-favourite in Le Precieux. The five-year-old was last seen winning a flat maiden by an easy seven lengths two weeks prior, and he won with similar authority here. Held up by Joshua Moore, he led from the fourth last and extended his advantage to the line, the winning margin measuring 16 lengths.
Le Precieux was previously trained by Emmanuel Clayeux, for whom he won a conditions hurdle in the colours of Madame Patrick Papot.
Monsieur Lecoq ran out an impressive seven length winner of Monday’s maiden hurdle at Ffos Las. Owned and trained by Jane Williams, the four-year-old son of Diamond Boy was sent off favourite under Lizzy Kelly and made all of the running in the two mile contest on heavy ground. Jumping well throughout, Monsieur Lecoq drew clear approaching the last and won unchallenged, as Grade 1 bumper winner Chambard claimed runners-up honours.
Bred by Jean-Charles Haimet and J-Pascal Liberge, the promising hurdler was bought by Nick Williams for 31,000 at the Arqana Autumn Mixed Sale as a yearling.
LE PRECIEUX bolted up by seven lengths in a mile and six furlong maiden at Chelmsford on Thursday.
The Gary Moore trained five-year-old was sent off even money favourite and was ridden confidently by Hector Crouch, tracking the leaders until two furlongs out, from where he asserted and stretch clear easily.
The son of Diamond Boy finished fourth on his sole other flat start in October, though that came over a shorter distance. He was bought by current connections after winning over hurdles by seven lengths at Aix-Les-Bains for Emmanuel Clayeux and Madame Patrick Papot.
Bred by J Haimet, J Liberge and P Delahaye, Le Precieux is a three-parts brother to Grade 1 winning chaser Lagunak, a son of Diamond’s Boy’s sire, Mansonnien. Diamond Boy stood for €5,000 in 2018.