Jul 26, 2017
Promising staying mare Diamond Grace recorded one of the most exciting wins of the day at Sandown on Wednesday - charging home from a long way back to record her second win in a row.
Stepping up in class off a dominant maiden victory over the same trip - 2400m - at Bendigo earlier in the month - Diamond Grace settled well back from an outside gate but was always travelling nicely for Beau Mertens.
Sneaking closer as she approached the turn, Diamond Grace hooked out very wide and began her run. For much of the straight it looked as though the finishing line would come too soon but the four-year-old's final 100m was impressive and she won going away by 3/4 length.
"She has taken her time," Michael Kent said of the bay who has had just the six starts - "but we have always had hopes for her."
"This was a beautiful race for her, you don't see many BM64s over 2400m in town. She had trained on well since her last win and I am sure in time she will get over even further."
"She is not mature yet," Kent continued, "you can see she is still quite light but the Authorized breed usually benefit from a bit of time."
"I was worried about the track, I thought the better going was either on the inside or out very wide so I told Beau to get right out and he rode her well."
"She travelled into it nicely," Mertens reported.
"The plan was to get moving early and get ten deep. There wasn't much speed on, the tempo of the race didn't really suit her but she really switched off."
"She hasn't got a massive sprint but she can wind up and go through her gears well, she did a good job to pick them up like she did."
"At first I felt like she wasn't going to get there, then she was, then she wasn't, then she was!"
Congratulations to Diamond Grace's patient owners who are bound to have lots more fun with this promising girl!