Black type beckons in-form mare
Untamed Diamond’s latest success has confirmed her first tilt at first black type in Australia.
"There’s a 1300 metre race at Hawkesbury for her in a fortnight’s time,” said Pukekohe Park trainer Richard Collett, referring to the Gr.3 Godolphin Crown.
Untamed Diamond had been troubled by a foot issue since a runner-up finish in February, but she showed she was back to her best with a determined performance to win at Randwick on Saturday in the hands of Collett’s son Jason.
"She had a setback when she got cast in her box,” he said. "We chanced our arm a bit on the heavy ground at the weekend and got away with it. It was a nice result.”
"In the 12 months she has been over there she has become a lot more professional and she has strengthened up nicely as a four-year-old.”
Untamed Diamond won races at Ruakaka, Ellerslie and Trentham before she crossed the Tasman as a foundation member of Collett’s Warwick Farm operation.
"I went there initially with what they call a visitor’s permit and I said to the ATC that if they gave me stables there I would apply for a full licence and that’s what I did,” he said.
"We’ve got 10 boxes on the course and near the swimming pool so it’s ideal.”
His Sydney staff includes the experienced Quinton Cassidy, whose CV features a stint in Asia training for the powerful China Horse Club. – NZ Racing Desk.