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Fahey’s Diamond and Lady set to bid for Royal Ascot honours

13th June, 2011 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off

Richard Fahey will be sending a strong team to Royal Ascot where as well as a number of smart juveniles set to test their mettle against southern opposition he looks likely to run Barefoot Lady in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and Glen’s Diamond in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.

Barefoot Lady proved herself a useful juvenile last term finishing in the money in Group 3 company  and appeared to have done very well indeed from two to three when making a winning reappearance at Newmarket in April, landing the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes by a neck from Ballydoyle’s Sing Softly. She then ran a sound race to finish fifth of the 18 runners to Blue Blunting in the Qipco 1000 Guineas  before failing by only a head to score in the Musidora Stakes at York last month on her first outing over 10 furlongs. The Ascot horse betting suggests she can push on from there.

Fahey expects his filly to acquit herself well over the Ascot mile and is hopeful of finishing in the frame. A final decision about the participation of the yard’s Glen’s Diamond in the King Edward VII Stakes has yet to be made, but the indications are that the recent impressive Group 3 Dee Stakes winner will step up again in grade and distance to tackle a mile-and-a-half for the first time. Anyone with a Royal Ascot free bet will have to give him some serious thought.

A winner of his last four starts, the gelded son of Intikhab took the move into pattern company very much in his stride when landing the Chester event by a comfortable two-and-a-half-lengths from Maqaraat. Whilst that form wasn’t exactly franked by the runner-up’s subsequent second placing in maiden company recently, there was little doubt as to the authority with which Glen’s Diamond prevailed at the Roodeye and he looks sure to run with credit against stronger opposition.

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