Anthony Cummings’ spruik Choisir filly Diamond Earth will shoot for her third win from just four career starts on Saturday when she looks to continue her dominance in the Inglis Bonus Series with a win in the Inglis Classic 2012.
One of 17 nominations taken for the $250,0000 Inglis 2YO Classic (1200m) by Racing NSW yesterday, the race to run at Rosehill this Saturday, Diamond Earth was, until last weekend’s Magic Millions Classic, the highest earning two-year-old of the season having accumulated $326,500 in prize money.
She has already won back more than five times her purchase price, connections snapping her up at the 2011 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale for a modest $60,000.
She debuted back in October at Caulfield finishing six and a half lengths away eighth to the Tony McEvoy-trained Commands colt Jimando, who is heading towards the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) next month, in the Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m).
Since then Diamond Earth has had the Inglis Series at her mercy.
She took out the Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 22 in a tight finish over Lamingtons before being sent for a well-earned rest.
Upon resuming she showed even more improvement when claiming an all-the-way victory in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Warwick Farm on December 17 by a smart three-quarters-of-a-length over the Gai Waterhouse-trained De Shamekh.
Encosta De Lago colt De Shamekh, a luxury 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sale buy for $675,000, went on to take out the Australian Turf Club Plate (1000m) at Rosehill last Saturday by an easy three and half lengths, and the tip is for Diamond Earth to win in similar style at the track this weekend.
History favours Diamond Earth on Saturday, when she is likely to face the likes of Waterhouse’s unraced Snippetsboy, as the past two Inglis Nursery winners went on to secure the Inglis Classic with Chance Bye (2010) and Pane In The Glass (2011).
Breeding is also in the filly’s favour as her sire Choisir, a $55,000 Inglis graduate, won the 2YO Classic back in 2002 before going on to place in Group 1 features including the Golden Slipper (third to Calaway Gal), AJC Sires Produce Stakes (second to Victory Vein) and Champagne Stakes (third to Victory Vein) in their two-year-old season.
Cummings is confident that Diamond Earth will bring home the Inglis-sponsored bacon again in the 2YO Classic despite it being her first look at the 1200 metres.
“She’s in good shape going into the race,” he said.
“I’m confident she can run a strong 1200 metres and she doesn’t have to lead like she did at Warwick Farm.”
Acceptances for the 2012 Inglis Classic are due to be taken on Wednesday, but already two of the 17 early entries have been ruled out of contention with the Dean Binaisse-trained duo Romanakus and Stradabird ineligible for the race not having had an official barrier trial.
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