Royal Diamond (red and white cap): led from start to finishPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Royal Diamond outclasses his rivals
Report: Leopardstown, Thursday
Challenge Stakes (Listed Race), 1m6f, 3yo+
ROYAL DIAMOND, trained and ridden by Johnny Murtagh, slammed his rivals in domineering fashion as last year's Irish St Leger winner led from start to finish to land the valuable Listed race.
The classy seven-year-old, who has an entry for this year's Irish Leger, went off at a fast pace and the rest of the field struggled to respond, leaving the King's Best gelding over ten lengths clear going into the final furlong.
Murtagh eased the 5-4 favourite through the final stages going on to score by a comfortable three and three quarter lengths.