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Bright Diamond delights Burke with hugely impressive debut

Sat 6 Aug 2022

By Graham Clark

Trainer Karl Burke might have to rethink his juvenile pecking order after Bright Diamond thrust into the market for next year’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas when leaving her rivals toiling with an impressive wide margin debut victory in the opening contest at Newmarket today.

The daughter of El Kabeir appeared to be another potential star to emerge from the Leyburn handler’s yard this season when showing a decisive turn off foot to secure the British Stallion Studs EBF “Newcomers” Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Impressive! Bright Diamond wins in style at Newmarket

Despite being one of the first under pressure, the 10-1 chance responded in emphatic fashion under Clifford Lee inside the final quarter mile of the seven-furlong prize before drawing right away to score by nine lengths from Liberalist.

Following the race Bright Diamond was introduced at 25-1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas by Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill.

Burke said: “For a breeze-up horse she has always been fairly laid back at home and just goes through the motions so I certainly wasn’t expecting that.

“I’m delighted but I don’t think it was no fluke. I’m not sure how good the race as a few of the trainers were saying there ones weren’t great but she couldn’t have done it any easier.

“She looked like the first beat half way. She ran on the wing and ran very straight and she wasn’t stopping at the line.”

Karl Burke discusses Bright Diamond's stylish win

An immediate step up in class and trip could be on the cards for Bright Diamond with Burke hinting that the Group Two Cazoo May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on September 8th might be next on the agenda.

Burke continued: “We will see how she starts working at home. It’s amazing as we are having a great year with the two year-olds and we have some lovely horses there.

“She was not near the top of the pecking order so it will be interesting to see how she works with those horse when she gets back.

“It is so important to get black type with these fillies and I think that is my first runner for Sheikh Rashid (Dalmook Al Maktoum) and we are very happy with that.

“She wasn’t stopping and Clifford said she will stay a mile no problem. Why not (think about the May Hill) - but we will just get her back and go from there.”

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