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Slattery hoping Dinkum can be a Diamond for start of season


Trainer Andrew Slattery. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Trainer Andrew Slattery. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile


Trainer Andrew Slattery. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Veteran sprinter Dinkum Diamond will make his debut for new trainer Andrew Slattery as the Flat season returns at Naas on Sunday.

The nine-year-old spent seven seasons with Henry Candy but his owners believe he may have more opportunities in Ireland than across the Irish Sea.

A regular in races like the Stewards' Cup and Wokingham, Dinkum Diamond has been victim of his own consistency and his mark only dropped below 100 for the first time last September

"We've had him about two months, his owners are from the north and wanted him trained in Ireland this year," said Slattery.

"He's nine now and is having to race off 98 so it won't be easy, but if we can get him to the level Mr Candy had him then he'll be competitive.

"There are lots of valuable handicaps for him to run in over here. We've also got An Saighdiur in the same race and he's 10 now but will love the ground."

Evanna McCutcheon's old mudlark Maarek also holds an entry in the six-furlong handicap.

At Cork today, meanwhile, Gordon Elliott looks odds-on to increase his lead over Willie Mullins in the jumps trainers' championship as he has a number of fancied runners.

The Cullentra handler will be a short price to get off to a winning start with Leomar, while his Back Bar can also justify favouritism in the bumper.

Irish Independent