Diamonds poised to sparkle in listed company

Diamondsandrubies might be capable of stepping-up on her recent maiden success in Tipperary to land the listed Irish Stallion Farms Salsabil Stakes in Navan today.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly is a daughter of Fastnet Rock and Quarter Moon, winner of the Moyglare and runner-up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks in 2002.

And, having caught the eye on her debut at Leopardstown last September, when a tenderly-handled sixth behind Tamadhur, she impressed on her three-year-old debut in Tipperary, quickening-up to beat the well-regarded odds-on favourite Chinese Light readily.

Seamie Heffernan gave Diamondsandrubies a hands and heels ride on that occasion and we can expect buckets of improvement from the Ballydoyle filly today.

Stepping into listed company will not be easy. But this filly is expected to prove her Oaks potential here at the expense of Dermot Weld’s Summaya, which slammed subsequent winner Hans Holbein in testing ground in Cork, Jessica Harrington’s Bocca Baciata, winner of her maiden on this track last October and 99-rated Pleascach from Jim Bolger’s yard.

At the Curragh tomorrow, Sruthan will be fancied to continue Curragh trainer Paul Deegan’s rich vein of form by repeating last year’s win in the Group 3 Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes.

But this looks a hot renewal and, if the market speaks in favour of Ballydoyle three-year-old Smugglers Cove, third to Belardo in the Dewhurst on his final juvenile start, he might be capable of beating his elders in a field which also features his Group 1-placed sprinting stable-companion Due Diligence.

Dermot Weld’s progressive filly Massinga should be noted in the listed Alleged Stakes. She impressed when scoring in the recent Noblesse Stakes, a listed contest in Cork, and might improve enough to see off Parish Hall, Geoffrey Chaucer and Aussie Valentine.

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