Trainer Peter Bowen has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Regal Diamond (5h Vinnie Roe-Paper Money, by Supreme Leader) and the five-year-old looks an exciting prospect after his success at Ayr on Friday.
The entire son of Vinnie Roe was always travelling ominously well in the two-mile bumper and cruised to a seven-length success under jockey Tom O’Brien.
Regal Diamond, who realised £70,000 at a Newbury sale in March, saw off some useful previous winners with ease and O’Brien said: “He looks a decent prospect and it looks like a solid bumper.”
In an interview in the Weekender earlier this month, Bowen commented: “This is the dark horse of my team if I have one. He made his debut in a very good bumper at Doncaster in February when a close fourth to some smart opposition including Purple Bay, who went on to take fifth at Cheltenham in the Champion Bumper. What made my fellow’s run all the better was that he was only about 70 per cent straight. He has come on a lot for that. I promise you this is a very nice horse.”
Meanwhile, Vinnie Roe made his mark at the Brightwells Cheltenham Sale on Wednesday when Royal Caviar (5g Vinnie Roe-Blackwater Babe, by Arctic Lord), an eight-length point-to-point winner on his only start, sold for £90,000. The five-year-old is joining Willie Mullins.