Her Diamond rocks on quick back-up
Dec 05, 2011
Brad Waters Saturday, 3 December 2011
Co-trainer Cindy Alderson's decision to back up Her Diamond Rock seven days after her last start paid off after the filly's decisive win in Saturday's Wafex Sovereign Plate (1400m) at Caulfield.
Her Diamond Rock ran a fighting second to Cash Bound over 1200 metres on a heavy Sandown surface last Saturday. The performance convinced Alderson the filly would relish more ground at Caulfield.
"We thought long and hard about it and I spoke to the owners about it on Thursday night and said ‘look, I would feel more comfortable about her at 1400 (metres)',” Alderson, who trains Her Diamond Rock in partnership with her father Colin, said.
Her Diamond Rock jumped smartly but her rider Peter Mertens was unable to secure a midfield spot one off the fence but the jockey made the quick decision to send the three-year-old forward to track the early leader Buzzing Along.
Her Diamond Rock hit the front at the 300 metres, leaving her opposition with the entire straight to run her down, but the daughter of Fastnet Rock proved too strong for the Robbie Griffiths-trained Vain Attraction.
Alderson said multiple bouts of shin-soreness delayed the filly's career but Her Diamond Rock still had plenty of improvement left in her.
"She's a great little filly. She is a very professional filly,” Alderson said.
"For a horse that has only had three starts, she has improved every run. I think on the good track today, she showed a nice turn of foot.
"She had a couple of bouts of shin-soreness. She seems to be over that now. This is her first preparation. Hopefully, she will improve further now.”
The $3.40 favourite Lenore blew her chances with a poor start. The Mick Price-trained filly raced midfield before working home well to finish third ahead of the Darley-owned three—year-old Westchester.
The market: Her Diamond Rock drifted from $10 to $12 while Vain Attraction eased from $12 to $15. Lenore opened at $3.50, drifted to $4.60 before firming back into $3.40. Buzzing Along drifted from $5.50 to $8.50, Mabsam eased from $4.60 to $6.50 and Florets started at $7.50 after opening at $6. The on-course market closed at 115 percent.