Month: January 2019

Valdieu Wows On Hurdle Debut Valdieu Wows On Hurdle Debut

Valdieu blows his rivals away on hurdle debut

Valdieu continued a fantastic run for his sire Diamond Boy when effortlessly casting aside his rivals in the maiden hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

Last seen winning his bumper at Down Royal by 10 lengths, Noel Meade’s charge was sent off second-favourite of 18 runners. Ridden to chase the leaders by Sean Flanagan, the bay was travelling well when leading from two out and soon went clear, drawing away under hands and heels to score by six and a half lengths.

An elated Noel Meade commented after the race, “We’ve always thought the world of him and every time we went to the races we thought he would win and he got beat and I couldn’t believe it. He’s a smart horse and what I like about him is he’s going forward – when he sees a hurdle all he wants to do is go and jump it and get to the far side of it.”

When quizzed on future plans for the Gigginstown House Stud owned winner, Meade said, “I’d say there is every possibility of him going to the Dublin Racing Festival. I hope he is a Grade One horse. He’s a beautiful mover and he’s a gorgeous-looking horse and he jumps extremely well.”

Back To Back Wins And Grade 1 Second For Diamond Boy Back To Back Wins And Grade 1 Second For Diamond Boy

Monsieur Lecoq Wins At Sandown

Monsieur Lecoq (Diamond Boy) continued his upward curve when taking the Class 2 Handicap Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday. The Jane Williams-trained five-year-old was following up on an impressive maiden hurdle victory in mid-December over the same distance of two miles.

Sent off favourite under regular pilot Lizzy Kelly, the bay tracked the leader until two out, from which he attained the advantage and quickened to go clear before the final flight. Galloping home strongly, he led by nine lengths on the line.

He was continuing a stand-out day for his young sire, with Diamond Boy’s fellow five-year-old son, Grand Sancy, having finished second in the day’s feature Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle. Beaten half a length, the Paul Nicholls-trained hurdler has now gained quotes of 16-1 for the Supreme Novice at the Cheltenham Festival.