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Quick-Fire Double For Diamond Boy Quick-Fire Double For Diamond Boy

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.

Exciting Bumper Winner For Diamond Boy

DIAMOND BOY sired an exciting bumper winner on St. Stephen’s Day as VALDIEU bolted up by 10 lengths at Down Royal. Sent off favourite under Mark O’Hare, he was ridden to chase the leaders, making progress to share the lead over three furlongs from home and ran on well to score in fine style.

A delighted Noel Meade commented after the race,”We always thought he was a very good horse, he just kept bumping into good ones. It is quite possible he will enjoy that easier ground – a lot of those Diamond Boys do. He (Mark O’Hare) said he was cantering the whole way. My plan is to send him jumping soon – hurdling straight away.”


Monsieur Lecoq Looks An Exciting Prospect For Diamond Boy

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.

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.


Diamond Boy’s excellent run continued with a black-type double over the weekend.

Grand Sancy continued his upward curve this season when taking the Listed Newton Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock for the Paul Nicholls team. Successful on his seasonal return in October, he finished second at Listed level next time out before landing his second novice hurdle of the season at the beginning of November.

Unsurprisingly, he was sent off favourite under Harry Cobden and despite racing keenly early one, was travelling strongly four out. Staying on close home, he beat Cause Toujours by two lengths, with all of 19 lengths back to the third horse.

Commenting after the race, Nicholls said, “He’s learning all the time and stayed on strongly, he has an abundance of stamina. We don’t really have a plan for him but we’ll look at the Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot next month.” Grand Sancy was bred by Dr Vet Brigitte Poulve.


Meanwhile, over at Auteuil the following day, Cat Tiger ran out a four and a half length winner of the Grade 3 Prix Morgex Chase. A Grade 3 winner over fences in September, he finished third and fourth at Grade 1 level on his next two starts this season.

Remaining at the trip of two miles and six furlongs, he was ridden by David Maxwell and relegated recent Listed winner Blasimon to runners-up honours, as favourite Cicalina, a Grade 1 winner last time out, took third.

Bred by Earl Haras de la Croix Sonnet and J-C Haimet, Cat Tiger comes from the family of Vision D’Etat.





Diamond Turf wins impressively in Navan bumper , 20th Jan 18

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