Cox Plate day is off and racing at Moonee Valley with Race One, the 2011 Inglis Banner run and won in a fantastic open to the program.
Diamond Earth flew the gates form barrier five and pushed up to hold the lead on the rails after the first furlong.
She was joined on the outside by Lamingtons which managed to push across with Diamond Earth from just outside in barrier six.
Behind them on the rails was the well fancied Rise To The Top with a group of five or six just behind them.
They stayed in the same formation as they came around the bend with the top three horses breaking away from the rest of the field and drawing clear down the straight.
Out in front though a dual was forming with Lamingtons pushing up on the shoulder of Diamond Earth and looking like it would run right pat.
Diamond Earth showed plenty of fight though and while not running away with it on the line she did fight back to hold his position for solid victory.
Lamingtons was a good run in second with Rise To The Top overcome for third on the line.
It was Swipeline which missed the jump that managed to make up the ground and put in a huge final sectional to just sneak into third position.
Trainer of Diamond Earth Anthony Cummings says they were always planning to race as if they had the best horse in the race.
“She showed great speed out of the gates at her first start (8th at Caulfield),” he said.
“With that experience and certainly the fitness that came with it…she showed the benefit of it in that race.’
Blinkers also looked to give the horse more focus and it was evident when holding her spot under pressure off the turn.
“Blinkers just gave her that bit more confidence and she carried herself well,” he said.
Damien Oliver said he was pleased with her track work earlier in the week but he still wasn’t overly confident coming into this race.
“She worked alright, blinkers first time and for a two year old they can usually be a bit hairy coming around here,” he said.
He said it wasn’t a lead at all costs strategy but she simply gave him no option.
“Early we thought we might try and take a trail, she was just going too well,” he said.
Diamond Earth paid $7.80 for the win with online bookmaker Luxbet with Lamingtons and Swipeline $1.70 and $1.80 respectively.
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2011 Inglis Banner Results
|1st||11||DIAMOND EARTH(5)||Damien Oliver||Anthony Cummings||55.0||1-0.42|
|2nd||14||LAMINGTONS(6)||Ben Melham||Matt Laurie||55.0||0.2L|
|3rd||8||SWIPELINE(10)||Matthew Neilson||Tony McEvoy||57.0||0.6L|
|4th||4||RISE TO THE TOP(9)||Hugh Bowman||Gary Portelli||57.0||0.8L|
|5th||6||SO SURE(4)||Steven Arnold||David Hayes||57.0||1.0L|
|6th||3||RED EXCITEMENT(7)||Tommy Berry||Neville Layt||57.0||1.2L|
|7th||5||ROAD TRIPPIN(1)||Peter Mertens||Stephen Theodore||57.0||2.7L|
|8th||1||DE MASTER(3)||Luke Currie||Paul & Tracey Templeton||57.0||3.2L|
|9th||9||UNLUCKY(11)||Danny Nikolic||Cameron Templeton||57.0||12.2L|
|10th||7||STROP(2)||Dean Holland||Shane Stockdale||57.0||14.7L|
|Src||2||FREE OF DOUBT||Steven King||Jason Petch|
|Src||10||BALMODENA||Craig Newitt||Paul & Tracey Templeton|
|Src||12||GO THE CATS||Corey Brown||Rick Hore-Lacy|
|Src||13||KAZANJIAN||Craig Williams||David Hayes|