The Diamond Cup – 22nd October 2016 – River Nile Delta Racecourse


The Diamond Cup

Diamonds Are Forever

Multiple world cup trainer Angel’s Flight saddled Madam Secretary to a thrilling So You Think victory two months ago. She demonstrated her extraordinary versatility as she traveled to London Bridge just four weeks later to beat a good field over the classic distance of 2450m in the Grand Prix de Paris. She is very effective over the course and distance and will strip a fit horse, the one to beat.

Jewelled Octagon is clearly a class horse and has run some very decent races. The son of Lambda Provoke looked to be a horse going places early on, winning the Grand Prix Stakes as a two year old. He was beaten by Madam Secretary in the last two cup finals and if fit and ready, he could go close.

Clueless Cast is an unknown quantity, he ran a respectable fourth on his debut on Saturday. Three Sisters looks to have quite a task, after winning her heat on Sunday. Goer Promised Don, Nate’s E-Mail and Gungun Jane is always thereabouts, and warrant respect.



Final Result
Pos Gate Horse Stable Jockey Time
1 6 Nate’s E-mail swindin Jovita Sam 2:29.471
2 2 Clueless Cast Force Morgan Metallo 2:29.845
3 1 Madam Secretary Angel’s Flight Alyson Comans 2:30.006
4 5 Jewelled Octagon ghanainternational Jo Ivester 2:30.033
5 11 Lucas Hood HRNZ STABLES Tony Herlihy 2:30.297


1. Madam Secretary

4yo mare from Angel’s Flight, Career earnings: $2,284,200
Overall rating: Reasonable(51) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by coniston
Lineage:By Grand National out of Hawks Mechanic
Recent form:1,1,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “I like the way Madam Secretary is coming in leading up to this race. She came away out of the heat in excellent shape which is a good sign, she will be fired up for the finals. Stretching out to epic will definitely be more to her liking.”

2. Clueless Cast

4yo stallion from Force, Career earnings: $40,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Spuraholics
Recent form:4

Stable comments: – “Madame Secretary is the horse to beat, followed by Jewelled Octagon. Hopefully a top 5 finish is possible if Clueless Cast can recover in time for the final.”

3. Three Sisters

4yo mare from STYLES, Career earnings: $1,085,819
Overall rating: Acceptable(44)
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by STYLES
Lineage:By B’s Mill Reef out of Hood To Coast 
Recent form:3,5,2,1,1

Stable comments: – “

4. Goer Promised Don

4yo mare from zanzibar, Career earnings: $336,250
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Needs space
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Nashayman
Lineage:By Chaos out of Point Court 
Recent form:2,7,11,4,7

Stable comments: – “

5. Jewelled Octagon

4yo stallion from ghanainternational, Career earnings: $1,652,400
Overall rating: Reasonable(54) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 15th Apr 2016, bred by ghanainternational
Lineage:By Lambda Provoke out of Augustus Approval 
Recent form:6,4,1,2,1

Stable comments: – ” I expect a good run from Jewelled Octagon, he has every chance on form, however, lacks distance XP. Madam Secretary is the one to beat, however, Nate’s Email and GunGun Jane have good distance xp so shouldn’t be overlooked.”

6. Nate’s E-mail

4yo stallion from swindin, Career earnings: $622,050
Overall rating: Satisfactory(48) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by swindin
Recent form:10,4,4,4,3

Stable comments: – “Nate’s Email….high hope’s here, asking him to push forward and hopefully ground out a high placing…”

7. Gungun Jane

4yo mare from Rockstar Racing, Career earnings: $550,650
Overall rating: Satisfactory(48) – Stalker
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by JEDIMIND
Lineage:By Kushiel out of Silver Bullet Day
Recent form:5,12,7,2,5

Stable comments: – “It’s either Gungun Jane & Leslee Schatzberg failed to execute the instructions given to them or they were just simply outclassed during the heats. But coming in to the finals running at Epic distance, we have high hopes of a better placing. Madam Secretary, Nate’s E-mail & Jewelled Octagon are the top horses to beat.”

8. Riding Basheq Tex

4yo mare from Westbury Lodge, Career earnings: $490,200
Overall rating: Reasonable(51) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Westbury Lodge
Lineage:By Double Shot out of Stop Tuppence
Recent form:1,1,2,9,9

Stable comments: – “No chance here, came 9th in the heat and was surprised to get the invite to the final. Last race he horse started well but was blown with 400 to go and I could only watch the field go past. Perhaps I can get her fit and some smarter RI’s, but really only looking for some XP.”

9. Apollo

4yo stallion from Mount Olympus Stable, Career earnings: $156,748
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 22nd Apr 2016, bred by Sootie
Lineage:By Epic Flail out of Pleasure And Pain
Recent form:1,1,1,4

Stable comments: – “My thoughts are ground is the issue, looks to be leaning toward slow, which helps Apollo who is bred for epic. I don’t think distance will be a problem, he has progressively faster quarters in all his races including the heats. If its slow we stand a good shot at placing regardless of my jockeys lack of epic races. Apollo always meant to go further and stud. There are some nice NC in the race. Ghanainternationals looks nice, Angels no losses. So think the slow only helps me, we will see. Don’t discount Apollo out. Bought from Sootie for 850k. He’s gonna be a nice muddy stallion one day, should get a cheque.

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