09 August 2017

Con O’Keeffe has purchased jumps stallion DIAMOND BOY to stand at his Kilbarry Lodge Stud in County Waterford. The son of successful national hunt sire Mansonnien had been standing at Haras de la Croix Sonnet in France, where his oldest crop are four-year-olds.

His progeny have already raised some interest, with Mouse Morris going to £100,000 for a three-year-old store in May, and Bobby O’Ryan and Eugene O’Sullivan going to €70,000 for another at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in June. These impressive prices are partly driven by Guillaume Macaire’s Grade 3 chaser Viola St Goustan and Francois Doumen’s Grade 3 bumper winner Don’t Hesitate.

Doumen himself trained DIAMOND BOY to win the Listed Prix Scaramouche as a four-year-old, while he finished second to subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Americain in the Listed Prix De Reux a year later. His pedigree hints at huge potential in the national hunt sphere, being a full-brother to Willie Mullins’ top-class chaser Golden Silver, who won three Grade 1 contests and a further six Grade 2 races, as well as Grade 1 hurdle winner Or Ou Argent. Their dam, Gold Or Silver, was a three-time winner and comes from the family of French Guineas heroine Torrestrella (IRE), Tolworth Hurdle winner Lingo and Japanese Grade 1 winner Queens Ring.

Commenting on his new recruit, Con O’Keeffe said; “He's a big, good-looking horse bred along different bloodlines to what we have in Ireland at the moment. He's getting great stock which are commanding strong prices in the sales ring.”

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