Coolmore Pair To Clash In Diamond

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Long Leaf | Bronwen Healy

Coolmore Australia’s top 2-year-old colt and filly–Long Leaf (Aus) and Ennis Hill (Aus), both by Fastnet Rock (Aus)-are likely to meet in the G1 Blue Diamond S. on Feb. 24, Coolmore Australia General Manager Michael Kirwan told Racing.com.

“I think it’s fair to say that both are being trained for the Blue Diamond, at the moment anyway,” Kirwan said, also lamenting the fact that Australia has no juvenile Group 1s restricted to fillies. “That’s the plan. Obviously its two weeks from the race but it’s the intention at the moment that both horses be trained for that race.”

Long Leaf won the Listed Blue Diamond Preview on Jan. 27, while Ennis Hill took the G3 Chairman’s S. on Feb. 3. Kerrin McEvoy has been confirmed as Long Leaf’s rider.

In other Blue Diamond news, Craig Williams has opted to stay aboard Kinky Boom (Aus) (Spirit of Boom {Aus}) in the A$1.5-million feature. The filly became a ‘TDN Rising Star’ with a debut victory in the Restricted Listed Inglis 2YO Premier on Feb. 3. Mark Zahra has booked his ride aboard Godolphin’s Plague Stone (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}), runner-up in last weekend’s G3 Blue Diamond Prelude. Kinky Boom, Plague Stone, Long Leaf, and Prelude winner Written By (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}) share the first line of betting for the Blue Diamond.

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