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.