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Iceman with Kieren Fallon after their Coventry Stakes victory

Iceman sired his first stakes winner when Dijarvo landed the Listed Prix La Fleche at Maisons-Laffitte

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Bargain purchase a first stakes winner for Iceman

BARGAIN purchase Dijarvo provided her late sire Iceman with a first stakes winner when taking the Listed Prix La Fleche at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday by three-quarters of a length.

Ponte Vespucci, an Anabaa half-sister to last season's Prix de Cabourg winner Pontenuovo, took second while Robert Le Diable became a second stakes performer for exciting first season sire Dutch Art in third.

Trained by Tony Carroll on behalf of The Dijarvo Partnership, Dijarvo was purchased by John Holt from her breeder Barry Minty for just £3,000 at last year's DBS November Sale.

Iceman's first crop produced 12 minor winners in Britain and Ireland last year but he looks set to enjoy a considerably better season this time around; in addition to Dijarvo, he has also been represented by the highly regarded Frederick Engels, who could take his chance in the Coventry Stakes, the Listed-placed Mister Iceman and recent debut winner Chilled.

Iceman, who enjoyed his finest moment when taking the 2004 Coventry Stakes, spent two seasons at Cheveley Park Stud before his deathat the age of six from colic in 2008.

Dijarvo's dam, Thicket, has been a good servant for Barry Minty, who paid 11,000gns for the daughter of Wolfhound in 2002. Five of the mare's nine runners have won including multiple scorer Diminuto (by Iron Mask).

This is a family full of speed; Thicket won over 5f as a two-year-old for Juddmonte and is out of Sharpthorne, who was Listed-placed over 5f and out of the 1979 Queen Mary Stakes winner Abeer.

Thicket has a yearling filly by Auction House.





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