Diamond Earth more than doubles her purchase price

By: Chris Bassani
October 22nd, 2011
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Diamond Earth

Diamond Earth

Race experience, blinkers and a sighting of Moonee Valley on Tuesday all made a winning difference for Diamond Earth in the Microflite Inglis Banner two-year-old (1000m) at Moonee Valley today.

The $60,000 purchased picked up $145,000 at just her second race start after landing in front and proving more tractable than her opponents.

Only four horses of the 11 starters had raced experience and three of them ran in the first four including Lamingtons (second) and Rise to the Top (fourth).

The quinella horses Diamond Earth and Lamingtons worked at Moonee Valley on Tuesday at breakfast for the stars and that look at the track made a huge difference.

Diamond Earth finished eighth at Caulfield on debut when she lead and weakened behind Jimando.

“She showed great speed at her first start and she showed plenty of talent at home, that is why we brought her here (from Sydney)  in the first place’” said trainer Anthony Cummings.

“With that race experience, fitness came with it and she came to the Valley on Tuesday with a nice gallop and time and did it within herself and showed the benefit of it today.

Cummings said the application of blinkers were important.

“She was quite field-shy at her first start and when a horse came around she nearly hit the rail for the best part of half a furlong.

“Blinkers gave her more confidence and she traveled much better today, not as frantic and at the same sort of speed, within herself, breathing and gave herself a kick.”

Diamond Earth $9,  hugging the rail defeated Lamingtons $4.80 by neck with Swipeline $3.20 favourite a further half-length away third.

Lamingtons settled outside the leader and had its chance.

First starter Swipeline, was well backed but tardy at the start and raced greenly.

He finished best in the straight and seemingly has a good future.

Rise to the Top $4.80 was having its second start, the first a placing at Rosehill.

The change of direction cost the Shaft gelding who settled behind the pace but was very green in the straight when taken off the rail by Hugh Bowman – there is good improvement to come from the Gary Portelli galloper.

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 11 DIAMOND EARTH(5) Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings 55.0 1-0.42
2nd 14 LAMINGTONS(6) Ben Melham Matt Laurie 55.0 0.2L
3rd 8 SWIPELINE(10) Matthew Neilson Tony McEvoy 57.0 0.6L
4th 4 RISE TO THE TOP(9) Hugh Bowman Gary Portelli 57.0 0.8L
5th 6 SO SURE(4) Steven Arnold David Hayes 57.0 1.0L
6th 3 RED EXCITEMENT(7) Tommy Berry Neville Layt 57.0 1.2L
7th 5 ROAD TRIPPIN(1) Peter Mertens Stephen Theodore 57.0 2.7L
8th 1 DE MASTER(3) Luke Currie Paul & Tracey Templeton 57.0 3.2L
9th 9 UNLUCKY(11) Danny Nikolic Cameron Templeton 57.0 12.2L
10th 7 STROP(2) Dean Holland Shane Stockdale 57.0 14.7L
Src 2 FREE OF DOUBT Steven King Jason Petch
Src 10 BALMODENA Craig Newitt Paul & Tracey Templeton
Src 12 GO THE CATS Corey Brown Rick Hore-Lacy
Src 13 KAZANJIAN Craig Williams David Hayes

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