The Diamond Cup – 21st January 2017

The Diamond Cup

“The Secret Lies Within”

This race will be a true test for these young stayers who are now starting to find there way in their racing careers. Trainer Woogle Wood skipped the So You Think Cup last season to build experience on his champion 4yo New Terrain, which should pay dividends against what looks like a beatable bunch – one feels that with his regular up, New Terrain would be considered a good thing and it remain to be seen if spoiling tactics actually pay off.

The undefeated Secret Legacy, has great ambition to go after the crown jewel this season. If this son of Secret Aurora out of Secret Solstice can find a way to hurdle this race we may be witnessing something very special. But the task won’t be easy for the 4yo stallion facing some pretty strong epic specialist in the race.

Covenant Woman, from trouble racing stable will have something to say in the outcome after a nice run in last weekend heat and with the added distance it will only be relished.

Queen Of Pubs, ran second to Legacy, in there heat race and will be looking to surpass him at his best leg. Grand Slam, out of Blackjack Farm is a nice bred mare who took it nice and easy in the heat race and will come out slamming for the finals.

Raspberry Ripple, is a mare by Dancin who is starting to find her footing it seems at the right time, look for owner Gavstar to have her somewhere in the mix coming for home.

Tanker Jumper, out of the swindin stable is a horse who has all the tools to be effective, owner swash is no stranger on coming up big in Diamond Cup finals. Even though he has been a bit disappointing, he can be quite dangerous.

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 4,4,4,2,2 Raspberry Ripple Sootie !Cordell Batimon! N/A
2 1,1,1 Secret Legacy Secret Revolution Emmie Assad N/A
3 7,2,1,3,3 Grand Slam Blackjack Farms !Alfonso Dunfee! N/A
4 3,1,2,6,2 Queen Of Pubs Ezulwini !Lilly Jahncke! N/A
5 3,6,5,6,4 Tanker Jumper swindin Chae Bauswell N/A
6 1,5,2,3,1 Covenant Woman trouble racing Marlyn Wehner N/A
7 6,5,10,6 Kakita Matabei Pegasus Renita Kinville N/A
8 1,1,1,1,3 New Terrain Woogle Wood Avril Timmermann N/A


1. Raspberry Ripple

4yo mare from Sootie, Career earnings: $695,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(51) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Seahorse Racing
Lineage:By Dancin out of Genio 

Stable comments: – “It’s that time again for Ripple to run a cup and after previous runs it looks like she’s coming along nicely, however with it being a dry track I can see maybe a Fast Finisher winning it and the one that looked nice was Covenant Woman during the heats. I’ll be hoping for the win but a top 3 finish I think is doable.”

2. Secret Legacy

4yo stallion from Secret Revolution, Career earnings: $1,000,000
Overall rating: Admirable(55) – Competitive
Born:Fri 22nd Jul 2016, bred by Secret Revolution
Lineage:By Secret Aurora out of Secret Solstice

Stable comments: – “Legacy is a nice horse, but far from an epic runner – he’s entered here to give him a the very slim chance at a Triple Crown and shouldn’t really trouble the favourites. Look out for him later in the season in the long cups”

3. Grand Slam

4yo mare from Blackjack Farms, Career earnings: $670,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(51) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by St Simon Racing
Lineage:By Blue Tyndareus out of Nemesis

Stable comments: – “

4. Queen Of Pubs

4yo stallion from Ezulwini, Career earnings: $807,111
Overall rating: Satisfactory(49) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Ezulwini

Stable comments: – “This should be an interesting race. Queen of Pubs was disappointing in The Grand Prix de Paris at the end of last season, but ran a very good race in the heats for this cup and might surprise in the final.”

5. Tanker Jumper

4yo stallion from swindin, Career earnings: $155,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by swindin
Lineage:By Barking Assembly out of Purchase

Stable comments: – “Tanker Jumper— Horse is a complete Duffer, slapped him with wet fish with hopes he’ll just click…”

6. Covenant Woman

4yo mare from trouble racing, Career earnings: $906,200
Overall rating: Satisfactory(48) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by trouble racing

Stable comments: – “Covenant Women has been on the improve since her third in the Grand Prix last season and looks better placed going in to this weekend. Good each way chance.”

7. Kakita Matabei

4yo stallion from Pegasus, Career earnings: $57,500
Overall rating: Reasonable(54) – Needs space
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Pegasus
Lineage:By Kakita Rensei out of Doji Yasuyo 

Stable comments: – “I believe our horse can be among top3, depends from our jockey morale. Sootie is the favorite for 1st.”

8. New Terrain

4yo stallion from Woogle Wood, Career earnings: $2,863,200
Overall rating: Admirable(56) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Woogle Wood
Lineage:By Chippy European out of Snow Brigade

Stable comments: – “All other things being equal, racing on his own merits, I would be bullish about New Terrain‘s hopes of another cup. But with his chances massively compromised by the ‘absence’ of his regular partner on board, a new jockey with zero rapport and different riding considerations comes at exactly the wrong time – i.e. in a cup final.”

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