Maxios's Diamanta Takes the Diana

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7th at DSS, Gr. Stk, €500,000G1 161st Henkel-Preis der Diana - German Oaks (11f)Winner: Diamanta (Ger), f, 3 by Maxios (GB)

Diamanta | Marc Ruehl

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One of the outsiders for Sunday's G1 Henkel-Preis der Diana at Dusseldorf, Gestut Brummerhof's Diamanta (Ger) (Maxios {GB}) made strides on her previous best to put her peers in the shade on the day that counted. Breaking well to bag the rail as one of the leading contenders Ismene (Ger) (Tertullian) unseated her rider exiting the stalls, the 24-1 chance enjoyed a stalking trip in third under Maxim Pecheur before taking over from the 29-10 favourite Durance (Ger) (Champs Elysees {GB}) approaching the final furlong and asserting for a 1 3/4-length success. Fellow longshot Naida (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}) got up for second in the final stride, a short-head in front of Durance.

Witnessed in public on four occasions prior to this German Oaks, Diamanta who was unraced at two had beaten Naida by four lengths on her second start over this trip at Cologne May 19. Third but beaten just a short head and a head behind Durance in the June 15 Listed Preis Dusseldorf over 10 1/2 furlongs, the homebred had disappointed and lost many followers when last of seventh as the favourite for the 10-furlong Listed Diana Trial in which Ismene and Naida were first and second at Mulheim July 14.

Diamanta, who was providing trainer Markus Klug and his jockey with a first German Oaks winner, also becomes the first group winner for her sire and the first black-type winner for the G3 Preis der Winterkonigin runner-up Diamantgottin (Fantastic Light) who also threw the Scandinavian champion 2-year-old colt and Norsk Derby runner-up Diamant (Ger) (Zamindar).

Diamantgottin is a half to three black-type performers, most notably the Listed Premio Baggio scorer Diamantwelle (Ire) (Xaar {GB}), and hails from the family of the G1 Premio Roma heroine High Hawk (Ire). She is the dam of the triple group 1-winning Breeders' Cup Turf hero and leading sire In the Wings (GB) (Sadler's Wells) and a half to the dam of the G1 Epsom Derby hero High-Rise (Ire) (High Estate {Ire}). Also connected to the G3 Prix de Seine-et-Oise winner Seltitude (Ire) (Fairy King), the G3 Prix du Calvados scorer Charlotte O'Fraise (Ire) (Beat Hollow {GB}) and the recent Listed Chelmer S. winner Isaan Queen (Ire) (War Command), Diamantgottin has a yearling colt by Golden Horn (GB) named Diamantis (Ger).

Sunday, Dusseldorf, Germany
161ST HENKEL-PREIS DER DIANA – GERMAN OAKS-G1, €500,000, Dusseldorf, 8-4, 3yo, f, 11fT, 2:15.78, gd.
1–DIAMANTA (GER), 128, f, 3, by Maxios (GB)
1st Dam: Diamantgottin (Ger) (GSP-Ger), by Fantastic Light
2nd Dam: Dunnellon (GB), by Shareef Dancer
3rd Dam: Dunoof (GB), by Shirley Heights (GB)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O/B-Gestut Brummerhof (GER); T-Markus Klug; J-Maxim Pecheur. €300,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-2, €306,800. *1/2 to Diamant (Ger) (Zamindar), Ch. 2yo-Scan & SP-Nor, $206,525. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Naida (Ger), 128, f, 3, Reliable Man (GB)–Nacella (Ger), by Banyumanik (Ire). O/B-Gestut Niederrhein (GER); T-Yasmin Almenrader. €100,000.
3–Durance (Ger), 128, f, 3, Champs Elysees (GB)–Djidda (Ger), by Lando (Ger). O/B-Gestut Ebbesloh (GER); T-Peter Schiergen. €50,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, SHD, NO. Odds: 23.50, 17.30, 2.90.
Also Ran: Satomi (Ger), Akribie (Ger), Donjah (Ger), Skyful Sea (Fr), Shining Pass (Ger), Mythica (Ire), Apadanah (Ger), Freedom Rising (Ger), Liberty London (Ger). DNF: Ismene (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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