Diamond Kentucky bound
By John Scanlon
Middleham Park Racing’s Marie’s Diamond will run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, to be run over a mile at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, November 2.
A son of the 2,000 Guineas winner, Footstepsinthesand, Marie’s Diamond has won three of his nine starts to date. Successful on debut at Leicester over five furlongs in late April, Marie’s Diamond successfully made all the running over six furlongs at Chester in June before landing the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at The Curragh on July 21. For good measure, he has twice finished second in Group 2 company, first in the Railway Stakes at The Curragh and then in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, beaten no more than a length in either race, and most recently he finished fourth of eight in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. He boasts an official rating of 108.
Given that Marie’s Diamond’s best win to date came over an extended six furlongs at The Curragh, and given that his dam, Sindiyma, won over a mile and a half as a three-year-old, there has to be every chance that he will handle the trip of a mile in Kentucky well.
The colt left Middleham on October 26 for his Stateside assignment, and he will become the yard’s first runner in the Breeders’ Cup since Fruits of Love took on a stellar field in the 2000 renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, also staged at Churchill Downs that year.
The early market leader with the British bookies is Aidan O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck, who finished third behind Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes recently. Marie’s Diamond has a sporting chance in the race, and we wish him and his connections the very best of luck.
Those looking for a good omen may well have spotted that the dam sire of Marie’s Diamond is Kalanisi, who just happens to have been the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf race contested by Fruits of Love, beating the likes of Montjeu, Mutamam and Fantastic Light in the process!