Jul 07, 2017
Michael Kent always has his eye out for a nice staying type when inspecting yearlings and one to catch his eye at the 2014 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale was a filly by Montjeu's brilliant Epsom Derby winner Authorized.
And fortunately it cost just $21,000 to secure the attractive bay who, named Diamond Grace, was so impressive breaking her maiden at Bendigo on Friday.
Kept very safe in the betting having been unluckily held up for runs at her previous start at the same track, Diamond Grace was hard fit for her second crack at 2400m at just her fifth outing.
Always travelling nicely back in the field for our in-form apprentice Ethan Brown, Diamond Grace began her run from before the turn, circling her rivals before swinging wide into the straight - hitting the lead with 200m to go and getting clear to win by a soft 3 1/2 lengths.
"She was quite unlucky from barrier one last start," Brown said, adding that "she drew wider today and it all worked out well."
Diamond Grace always gives her riders a good feel Brown went on to say - "she is a dream to ride, she always does whatever you want her to do and she won well today."
"She is a really big striding mare, a good stayer," Michael Kent Jnr said.
"She has never put in a bad run and we think over this sort of trip she is a city class mare."
Bred on a 4 X 3 cross of the Prix de l'Arc deTriomphe winner Rainbow Quest, Diamond Grace is out of the unraced Quest For Fame mare Fain, half-sister to the stakes placed winners Paulini and Tide and to the dam of Listed winner Eastern Prince.