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Glen's Diamond: descended from Prix de la Foret winner Producer

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Glen's Diamond a new ace for Intikhab

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GLEN'S DIAMOND became the eighth Pattern-race winner for his sire Intikhab with a fluent two-and-a-quarter length victory over Maqaraat (by Dalakhani) in the Group 3 Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester on Friday.

The Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old, winner of a Musselburgh handicap last time out, cannot go for the Derby as he is a gelding, but the Melbourne Cup is being mooted as a possible long-term target for him.

Intikhab, a son of Red Ransom who stands at Derrinstown Stud at a fee of €5,500, has sired three Group 1 winers - Snow Fairy (Oaks, Irish Oaks, Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Hong Kong Cup), Paita (Criterium de Saint-Cloud) and Red Evie (Matron, Lockinge Stakes).

Glen's Diamond was bred by Doverland Finance out of the Rainbow Quest mare Posta Vecchia, who made her sole start when unplaced in the Chesham Stakes.

Posta Vecchia is a granddaughter of Prix de la Foret winner Producer, and so from the family of Group 1 performers Bach, Dancing Goddess and Las Flores (dam of Sleeping Indian).

Glen’s Diamond was not sold at 7,800gns as a foal at the Tattersalls December sale, not sold again at€10,500 at the Arqana October yearling sale, but finally found a buyer at €32,000 as a two-year-old at the Arqana breeze-up sale.

ON HIS first proper middle-distance assignment, St Nicholas Abbey returned to the brilliant best form he showed when destroying the 2009 Racing Post Trophy field, with a nine-length victory in the Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.

St Nicholas Abbey was bred to excel over middle distances: he is by Montjeu, sire of the likes of Authorized, Fame And Glory, Hurricane Run and Motivator.

His dam Leaping Water is an unraced Sure Blade half-sister to Racing Post Trophy and Prox Greffulhe winner Aristotle and Criterium de Saint-Cloud and Canadian International winner Ballingarry - both by Montjeu's sire Sadler's Wells.

Bred by Barton Bloodstock and Villiers Syndicate, St Nicholas Abbey was bought by Demi O'Byrne for 200,000gns at Book 1 ofthe 2008 Tattersalls October yearling sale.




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