The pin-hooking skills of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds were seen to advantage again with Diamond Master at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
The Ricky Yiu trained four year-old was a front-running winner of the Parrot Hcp (1200m) with Gregory Benoist aboard.
“We didn’t plan to lead, just there was not a lot of pace so he had to let him go,” Yiu said. “He’s a nice type of horse, I think there is improvement in him and more wins if only he would learn to relax more.”
Diamond Master had shown plenty at the trials after arriving from Australia but was wayward before breaking his duck at Sha Tin twelve months ago.
Agent Paul Willetts bought him on behalf of Three Bridges for $51,000 at the 2012 Inglis Select Foal Sale and that price-tag increased to $130,000 when knocked down to Yiu at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.
He is by Not A Single Doubt from USA bred mare Sandy Desert (Line In The Sand) and that combination has also produced Singapore stakes performer Desert Fox and Snowden Racing filly Yuma Desert. The latter has been nominated to win her maiden at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, December 23.
Sandy Desert has a Not A Single Doubt filly catalogued as Lot 573 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January and she has a filly on the ground by Pierro.
Three Bridges has 12 yearlings for the Magic Millions including a Not A Single Doubt filly from La Dolce Diva (Fusaichi Pegasus). She is following the same pin-hooking path as Diamond Master having been purchased by Willetts for $100,00 from Makybe at this year’s Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.
Last month’s VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) winner Metier is another Makybe product pin-hooked by Willetts and Three Bridges. The Tony McEvoy three year-old is a son of Three Bridges stallion Stryker.