He’s a nice big horse but he’s a horse for the future. We’ll mind him this year and keep him for next year,. We knew he’d come on a good bit from the last day so we were happy enough. He stays very well. We normally don’t have to wait until the last race at Navan to have a winner but we knew it would be tough enough today. He might go for a winners’ bumper but he won’t do too much more. Gordon Elliott, trainer
CatTiger (Diamond Boy-Miss Canon(Cadoudal) wins Prix de Campbell (3800metres,chase)by 5L.
8/10/17 DELICIOUS DREAM 4YO DIAMOND BOY EX KAROUBA (AQPS) WINS 2 MILE FLAT RACE, LE PIN AU HARAS, FRANCE.
26/9/17 DAGOBOY (3yo Diamond Boy ex Nantilde)
Winner of 3yo Hurdle, trained by G. Macaire.
30/9/17 Cannes Boy (3yo Diamond Boy ex Act of Honour)
2nd 3yo Hurdle (by 1.5 lengths), trained by D. Windrif
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.