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Patient Approach With The Diamond One
Recently-crowned South Island Horse of the Year The Diamond One (Tale of the Cat-The Jewel, by O'Reilly) is used to doing things in her own time and trainer Claire Anderton is happy to let the multiple stakes-winning mare progress at nature's pace, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I'm just waiting for her to lose her coat, but she's not far away now," the Wingatui horsewoman said. "She takes a wee bit of time to let her coat go and she did the same thing last year. She'll let us know when she's ready." The Diamond One enjoyed a lucrative summer and autumn campaign with consecutive Gr3 wins in the White Robe Lodge Handicap and the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham. Her White Robe victory was a particularly poignant one as the race was named in honour of her former trainer and Claire's late husband Steven, who passed away days before the race after suffering fatal injuries in a stable accident. The Diamond One hasn't raced since she was out of the money in the Listed Great Easter Stakes at Riccarton in May and she is progressing toward the New Zealand Cup carnival. "She's very well in herself and her work has been good," Anderton said. "She holds a nomination for the Coupland's Bakeries Mile. She would have to come up extra well to go there and we've got a couple of other options with her." Raced by her breeders the Dennis brothers, The Diamond One has performed well at past Cup carnivals with a third in the Listed Canterbury Breeders' Stakes and a fourth in the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas. By Tale Of The Cat, The Diamond One is the fourth foal to race from NZ 1,000 Guineas winner The Jewel, dam also of multiple stakes placed mare The Glitzy One (Flying Spur) and talented 5YO The Bold One (Fastnet Rock).