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Diamond Valores First Aust Winner For Tavistock
Three-year-old gelding Diamond Valores became the first Australian winner for Cambridge Stud sire Tavistock when posting an upset victory in a 1250m maiden at Canterbury yesterday, reports theinformant.co.nz. Making his debut for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden and ridden by Blake Shinn, Diamond Valores produced a strong run late to score by 0.2-length over Double Happy and the heavily supported favourite Burning Passion. Peter Snowden praised Diamond Valores as a young horse with a bright future, labelling him as a potential Brisbane Derby horse next year. "He is very raw and very new, today was a run where we would see where he was at, I thought he always had ability, it was just a matter of him performing under race conditions," Snowden said. "This horse is no slouch, he has always shown nice ability, he lacked race experience, today in the run he was on the bit and off the bit, he was held up and lost momentum, it says a lot for the horse, he didn't know what to do when he got out but he did enough to get up and win." Bred by Sir Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud, Diamond Valores certainly has the pedigree to develop into a Gr1 galloper as he hails from one of the most prolific families in the studbook. His dam is the unraced Zabeel mare Special Diamond, a daughter of Gr1 winner and producer Diamond Lover. This makes Special Diamond a full-sister to Australian Derby winner Don Eduardo and Gr2 winner Peruzzi, and a three-quarter sister to brilliant Gr1-winning filly Tristalove and stakes winner Antwerp (both by Sir Tristram). This of course is the celebrated family of legendary broodmare Eight Carat, whom Diamond Valores boasts as his third dam. Eight Carat remains one of only a handful of broodmares in the world to have produced 5 individual Gr1 winners, namely Octagonal, Kaapstad, Mouawad, Marquise and Diamond Lover. Tavistock's oldest progeny have just turned three, and he has already enjoyed success in New Zealand with his 2YOs siring three individual winners, including the Great Northern Foal Stakes winner Avisto. He will stand this season at a fee of $7,000 + gst (LFG).