Author: Neal

Impressive Maiden Winner For Diamond Boy

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.


Rated 107, Kilbarry Marien showed a good attitude to fend off the runner-up and certainly appeared to want it that bit more. She should be up to holding her own in handicaps off this sort of mark.
Con O’Keeffe said afterwards ‘The good ground and positive ride helped. We were disappointed at Downpatrick but all those by her sire Marienbard need a sound surface. Jonathan [Burke] was good to have on board in a race like that. If there’s good ground in a month’s time, she’ll stay going. Otherwise, we’ll put her away and campaign her next spring’


Bred in France by M. Eric Becq, the 4YO Valdieu (by Diamond Boy) had his first run on Irish soil last February, starting favourite at Borris House under Jamie Codd. Unfortunately a faller when travelling strongly, he made amends next time out at The Pigeons, running out a convincing two length winner of the 4YO Geldings Maiden. Now owned by Gigginstown House Stud and in training with Gordon Elliot, he would seem to be one to watch for the upcoming National Hunt Season.