Talented filly Diamond Earth (2f Choisir xFace of the Earth, by Strategic) landed a second lucrative Inglis bonus when capturing the $254,500 Inglis Nursery at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The Anthony Cummings trained filly was fresh following an eight week let up after winning the $255,000 Inglis Banner in Melbourne during the spring and presented in perfect order for this assignment.
She flew the gates for Peter Robl and led throughout to win the 1000 metre dash by three-quarters of a length over blue-blooded colt De Shamekh (2c Encosta de Lago x Shamekha, by Secret Savings).
“All the family have good gate speed and high cruising speeds, all the successful ones anyway,” Cummings said. “She’s no different. She’s done that (sped out) pretty much every time we’ve taken her to the gates.
“At that speed I don’t think she’d get 1200 metres but I guess next time we don’t have to go that quick.”
Despite his concern Cummings hinted Diamond Earth would be aimed at another of the $2.6 million Inglis race series, the $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m) at Rosehill on January 21.
“We’ll just keep winning these Inglis races,” he said.
A $60,000 purchase for her trainer from the Golden Grove draft at the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Diamond Earth has now won two of three starts earning $326,500 for her large group of owners.
She is a half-sister to rising star three year-old filly Halle Rocks being the second foal of stakes-placed Strategic mare Face of the Earth, a half-sister to Group III winner and Caulfield Guineas runner-up Face Value.
Diamond Earth was foaled and raised at Coolmore for her breeders Dr Denis O’Brien and his wife Claire, who retained Halle Rocks to race before sending this filly to the sales.
The current yearling from Face of the Earth is a Danehill Dancer filly that is heading to Magic Millions in the Coolmore draft as Lot 613.
“She’s a very nice yearling and for someone looking for a racehorse and broodmare she should definitely be inspected,” said Coolmore’s Colm Santry.
“It obviously helps add significantly to her appeal that the first two foals from the mare have the makings of top level runners.
“Mick Price thinks Halle Rocks could be anything and it would be hard to argue with him, having seen how impressive she was in the spring.
“She’s set for an exciting autumn, as is Diamond Earth, who isn’t very big, but is typical of her pedigree, has an abundance of speed and really enjoys her racing.”
This filly is from the last Australian conceived crop of foals by Danehill Dancer, a Coolmore stalwart that has achieved resounding success in both hemispheres.
“She looks a real two year-old type, who will also train on, with great size, strength and balance,” Santry added.
“The sire has such a good record down here – what’s to say she won’t be the next Private Steer, Amber’s Waltz or Indian Ocean? She’s a very exciting filly and one that we are thrilled to be able to offer at the sales on behalf of Clairden Thoroughbreds.”