Darling Diamond sparkled in her maiden win on the Kensington course at Randwick on Wednesday with the Mark Newnham trained Pierro filly cruising away under Robbie Dolan in the $50,000, Sky Racing Active Plate (1400m) with the trainer now setting the bar higher for the filly.
The win did not start out to be as easy as it eventually became with Dolan out well from barrier nine to sit on the flank of the $3.50 favourite Seleque and Tommy Berry with the leader appearing to be racing well across the top.
However, that all changed as Seleque quickly folded shortly after they commenced the run home and Dolan needed no further time to decide to send his filly forward. From the 250m Darling Diamond lengthened well and she left the rest to the minor money with a winning margin of 2L.
So Far Away (Snitzel) and Tim Clark came through for second with a neck to Hot Spring Gold (Written Tycoon) and Jason Collett who made noticeable ground late for third.
The time was 1.21.94 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.94. Darling Diamond rewarded supports with $8.50 on fixed odds and $9.80 on the tote.
“Pleasing to get a win with her for the Kolivos family. She is a lovely well-bred filly who has kept improving the whole prep and will give her a little chance in the Reginald Allen in a couple of weeks,” said Newnham.
“She showed versatility today, she got on pace and relaxed well so for her to go on and win by two lengths is the start of a promising career. I think she will keep getting better and the autumn will be more her time, but a little listed win before that would be much appreciated,” he said.
“She put the writing on the wall the other day that she has a bit of ability,” said Dolan.
“She was able to jump well from the outside gate, I rode forward and put her outside the leader. Tommy set the sectionals nice in front and had a pretty easy time. Probably got to the front a little too soon, but she was going very well and she let down very strong and she will definitely get over further,” he said.
Darling Diamond, out of the Al Maher mare Diamond Drille, came to Randwick off a third at Newcastle over 1400m on September 18th. Racing under the Koliovs family’s Lightning Investments banner the filly has now earned stakes of $38,430.
The $140,000, listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) is on the Everest programme at Randwick on October 17th.
The Kolivos’ raced Pierro and they would have been gratified by not only their filly winning, but also the Gary and John Moore trained Pierro colt Private Cheetah leading all the way under Tim Clark to take the Impending@Darley Handicap (1250m). A usual metre perfect ride by Clark had Private Cheetah win at his second start and he too will head for black type in the $200,000, listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 24th.
Sky Racing Active Plate, photo finish picture ATC