Saturday 19 October 2019

Nolan aiming high as 'Diamond' sparkles

It was the two-year-olds' time to shine at Naas yesterday and Danielles Diamond (5/1) sparkled with Brian Nolan beaming about his future after a six-length maiden victory under Ronan Whelan. (stock photo)
It was the two-year-olds' time to shine at Naas yesterday and Danielles Diamond (5/1) sparkled with Brian Nolan beaming about his future after a six-length maiden victory under Ronan Whelan. (stock photo)
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

It was the two-year-olds' time to shine at Naas yesterday and Danielles Diamond (5/1) sparkled with Brian Nolan beaming about his future after a six-length maiden victory under Ronan Whelan.

It was third-time lucky for the son of Zebedee having impressed on his two previous starts and Nolan feels his speed means he "can go anywhere" with the Carlow trainer hopeful that he may be purchased.

"He's as good as the mother, she (What About Me) was rated 94. He'd a great run on debut and the form of that race has worked out very well. Hopefully he'll (be sold to) go to Hong Kong now," he said.

Another with a bright future is Michael O'Callaghan's Deidra (5/2), which scored comfortably in the earlier maiden under Leigh Roche.

"She can keep improving and maybe get a bit of black type, going seven or a mile next spring she could be a nice filly. She might run in a Listed race at the Curragh in a few weeks or maybe the Bosra Sham at Newmarket," O'Callaghan said.

Meanwhile, there was a double on the card for Colin Keane aboard Ger Lyons' Vormir (7/4 favourite) and Noel Meade's Luke Short (7/1) to see him edge one ahead of Donnacha O'Brien, 85 to 84, in their battle to become champion jockey.

Reigning champion O'Brien was also on the mark with Fancy Blue (easy-to-back at 6/1) scoring on debut for his father Aidan with the jockey stating that "anything she does this year is a bonus, she'll be a lovely middle-distance filly next year".

Elsewhere, Michael O'Leary parted with 31 horses at the Goffs UK September Sale yesterday as he winds down his powerful Gigginstown House Stud operation over the coming years.

A Toi Phil (£70,000), Mithouka (£42,000), 2018 Cheltenham winner Blow By Blow (£9,000), Tombstone (£26,000) and three-time Grade One winner Valseur Lido (£27,000) were the most high-profile of those to find new homes.

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