Patience could be a virtue for Di’s Diamond owners at Cessnock

A modest performing six-year-old Wyong mare who hasn’t won a race for 18 months can reward her patient owners at today’s feature meeting at Cessnock.

Di’s Diamond, who last saluted in a BM 60 in January last year, has finally started to recapture her best form towards the end of a long prep, and ahead of today’s BM 58 Hcp (Race 7) over 1350m to close the card. In fact, the daughter of Beautiful Crown comes back in grade after a nice closing run behind the smart Doctor Zous at home, and then hitting the line hard at Muswellbrook in a stronger BM 66 a fortnight back.

Before all that, leading Newcastle trainer Kris Lees looks set for another big day with a team of youngsters. Smart filly Frozen In Time, by Argentine sire Husson, debuts in a 2YO Maiden Hcp (Race 2) over the scamper 900m after an impressive trial win at home when she sat well away from the fence, but went to the line under a strong hold.

Trainer Kris Lees has a busy day ahead at Cessnock.Credit:Simone De Peak

The stable then saddles up the improving three-year-old gelding Lucitor, who looks primed to break through in a Class 1 and Maiden Plate (Race 3) over 2125m. By German-bred Melbourne Cup place-getter Lucas Cranach, Lucitor is ideally suited down in weight over this longer journey.

Lees then launches a double assault in a Maiden Hcp (Race 4) over 1150m with promising two-year-old filly Hard Lady, who chased home Frozen In Time in that trial; and another first starter in Predictable Miss who has been taken along quieter at the trials, but draws a nice debut barrier for a stack of owners.

And the stable will look to seal a big day in one of the features – Class 2 Hcp (Race 6) over 1570m – with three-year-old gelding Charlie’s Law, who looks well placed fourth-up after finishing nicely in all three previous runs, while well-weighted stablemate filly Azarmin will be out to make it two from two second-up.

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