Dinner Date for Blue Diamond

Lindsay Park filly Dinner Date will be set for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes after her strong victory in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Dinner Date (2f Mossman – Quaglino by Rory’s Jester) defeated Metonymy (Hotel Grand) and Danish Shadow (Dane Shadow) for owner-breeder Gerry Harvey.  The Baramul Stud boss retained the winner after she failed to reach a $35,000 reserve at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale.

Trainer David Hayes prepared a hat-trick of Blue Diamond winners between 2006 and 2008 with Nadeem (Redoute’s Choice), Sleek Chassis (Flying Spur) and Reaan (Hussonet).  He was also runner-up with Shaaheq (Redoute’s Choice) last year.

All four were by Arrowfield Stud sires but his latest candidate is by Vinery stallion Mossman.

Dinner Date’s dam Quaglino is a daughter of Lindsay Park’s former champion sire Rory’s Jester.  She is a winning half sister to the dams of G1 winners Pressday and The Mighty Lions.

“Dinner Date always appeared to be travelling well and looked the winner a long way out,” Hayes said.  “We will probably put her away now and I would say she will make a better miler in the future.”

Baramul Stud will offer a Testa Rossa half-brother to the Merson Cooper winner at the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions yearling.