A Look Ahead With Tony Nerses of Blue Diamond Stud


Tony Nerses


1) Horse you are most looking forward to seeing this season?

The horse I am most looking forward to this season is Ajaya (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). He enjoyed a fantastic season last year, winning the Gimcrack. His achievements were extra special as he is Blue Diamond's first homebred group winner. His target is the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

2) A stallion who could feature prominently (doesn't have to be first season)?

I am really excited about Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) as a young stallion. He was an exceptional racehorse who possessed a good turn of foot. He is beautifully bred with the looks to match. He really is the full package. We recently welcomed our first Kingman foal, a filly out of Sewards Folly (GB), making her a half-sister to our own stallion Sayif (Ire) (Kheleyf), who has his first runners on the track this year.

3) Positive change you would like to see for the industry in 2016?

I am going to be unoriginal here and bring further attention to the prize-money situation. If you discount the very best races, the gap between the cost of keeping a horse in training and the level of prize-money on offer is simply too great.

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