Choisir Makes it a Stakes Double

Talented filly Diamond Earth (3f Choisir x Face of the Earth, by Strategic) has won some lucrative races during her career to date and at Scone on Saturday landed some valuable Black Type when taking out the Listed Arrowfield Denise’s Joy Stakes over 1100 metres. The Anthony Cummings trained daughter of Choisir won the two year-old fillies event on this same program last year and has obviously found her best form at the same time of year. The speedy chestnut settled just off the pace for Peter Robl and tried hard all the way down the straight to win by a length, her overall record now four wins and three seconds from 15 starts with prizemoney topping $600,000, most of it coming by virtue of wins in the Inglis Banner and Nursery last season at two. “She’s probably been one of the most durable horses in the stable and continues to perform well,” said Cummings. “She’s more responsive to her rider now and is doing the right things in her races.” Cummings will now consider options in Brisbane for Diamond Earth. “It’s silly to go the paddock when you are in good form,” he said. A $60,000 purchase for her trainer from the Golden Grove draft at the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Diamond Earth is a half-sister to smart mare 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, a colt by Duke of Marmalade (IRE) was sold at Inglis Easter for $160,000 to TMC Bloodstock. Face of the Earth is now back in foal to Choisir, who featured earlier on Saturday with another new stakes-winner in Sir Moments.