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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Cards stack up well for Diamond's Duke of Cambridge assault

Diamond Fields treading a similar path to Lolly For Dolly

Diamond Fields (left) beats Alice Springs at Naas in April
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Back in 2011 Tommy Stack landed a touch in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes with a mare called Lolly For Dolly. Of course, it was known as the Windsor Forest Stakes back then, but six years on and Stack's son, universally known as Fozzy – who took over the reins this season – has a very similar type on his hands in the 20-1 shot Diamond Fields.

Both mares ran in the Listed Sandringham Stakes the year prior to their success. Lolly For Dolly only finished fourth, but Diamond Fields bettered that to run a cracker of a race to finish runner-up behind Persuasive.

It wasn't all plain sailing for her either, as she flew home having been hampered over a furlong out to finish a length and a quarter adrift of the winner, and with a clearer run the outcome might have been in the balance.
Persuasive, who could re-oppose, is trading at much shorter odds, but you would have to fancy Stack's mare to turn around that form granted some luck in running.
After that, Diamond Fields ran three times in American races, finishing in the money twice in Grade 2 events. This year she got her season off to a flyer when taking down Alice Springs in a slowly run Gladness Stakes, thereby winning her first turf race in the process.

There was a blip last time out where she was tailed off in the Athasi Stakes, trailing in sixth of six. However, when you look back through her career as a whole, it's easy put a line through that as she has generally been the epitome of consistency. Allied to that, she was giving weight away all round too.

The main weapon in her arsenal is a sharp turn of foot which she can put to best use off a quick gallop, something she is likely to get at Royal Ascot. Good ground suits her well, and there's definitely more to come from her.

So, the advice is to back her for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at the royal meeting so she can successfully tread the same path as Lolly For Dolly. At 20-1, it's got to be worth it.
Read Cathal Gahan's Irish view every Wednesday in the Racing Post Weekender 
You would have to fancy Stack's mare to turn around that form granted some luck in running
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