Bannaby: the Prix du Cadran winner is by Dyhim DiamondPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Death of leading Spanish sire Dyhim Diamond
SPANISH breeding has suffered a blow with the loss of last year's champion sire Dyhim Diamond, who has died at Dehesa de Milagro due to a heart attack. The son of Night Shift was 18-years-old and was standing this season for a fee of €3,000.
Despite never standing for significant sums, Dyhim Diamond sired two Group 1 winners in Bannaby, who had Yeats behind him when successful in the 2008 Prix du Cadran, and the 2005 Prix Jean Prat hero Turtle Bowl. The latter is now making an impression at stud, having sired Criterium International winner French Fifteen from his first crop of juveniles.
After starting his stud career in France, Dyhim Diamond was transferred in 2006 to Haras de Ulzama in Spain. He was switched to Dehesa de Milagro last July, where he was standing alongside Diktat and Caradak.
Bred in Ireland by Knocklong House Stud, Dyhim Diamond was a tough sprinter for Carlos Laffron-Parias, winning five of 26 starts. He enjoyed one of his finest moments when successful in the Group 3 Benazet-Reden at Baden-Baden and was rated the top older German sprinter of 1998 as a result. He was also second to Tomba in the 1998 Group 2 Cork and Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot.