As Smooth As...

Mar 16, 2014

What a terrific campaign honest mare Silk And Diamonds is enjoying – the in-form four-year-old at Yarra Valley on Sunday recording her second victory from her last four starts.

Twice a game runner-up since her maiden victory at Werribee in late January, the bay appreciated a slight drop in class when contesting a 0-64 ratings handicap and she won like a horse with plenty more to offer.

Settling a clear last from her inside gate, Silk And Diamonds travelled well for Brad Rawiller and looked the one to beat from the moment she began he run out wide from before the turn.

However as the field panned for home the leaders got clear as Silk And Diamonds ended up closer to the outside fence than the rails and upon straightening she was spotting them at least six lengths.

But when Rawiller asked her for her effort she really let go, reeling in her rivals and putting her nose out right on the line – an exciting victory!

“They ran along pretty quickly which suited us,” Rawiller reported, adding that “I knew she’d have a good kick at the end.”

Unplaced only twice – and never out of the first five – in ten starts, Silk And Diamonds has been thriving over the middle distances.

Congratulations to her owners Andrew & Yvonne Savage, Jennifer Cortez, Lois Cortez, James Crichton, Ruth Daff, Gazal Thoroughbreds (manager Judith Gazal), Mark Grisold, Brendan Santamaria and Diane Taylor.

Bred by Northern Lodge Stud and purchased for $25,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Silk And Diamonds is a daughter of Darley shuttler Hard Spun and the unraced Woodman mare Our Hollywood Miss - half-sister to Horse Of The Year Research.

Ancestress of this family is the famed matriarch Entreaty, dam of the immortal Phar Lap.