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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


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.