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Diamond (GB)
 
 


Diamond

 

 

 

Sire Line


Highflyer

 

 

 

Diamond br c 1792 (Highflyer - Mare, by Matchem). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 4-b.

Diamond was bred by Francis Dawson from a Matchem mare he had acquired from her breeder, Richard, 1st Earl Grosvenor. He was sold to Joseph Cookson at the end of his four year old campaign in 1796. Joseph Cookson also bred the Derby winner Sir Harry (br c 1795 Sir Peter Teazle) who was exported to America in 1804. After Mr Cookson's death in 1799, his executors ran Diamond in his engagements for 1800.

He was described as a compact, strong horse of large bone and thought to be the stoutest horse of his day in the kingdom. A durable runner, he raced for six years beating some noteworthy rivals, including the Oaks winner Hermione (b f 1791 Sir Peter Teazle) and Stamford (br c 1794 Sir Peter Teazle), who twice won the Doncaster Cup.

However, Diamond's most famous race was a match with Hambletonian (b c 1792 King Fergus) which took place on Monday, March 25, 1799, at the Newmarket Craven Meeting. Diamond represented the south, or Newmarket,  with the Yorkshire horse Hambletonian representing the north. The match may have reflected the rivalry between the two top sires, Highflyer and King Fergus, as well. Diamond, ridden by Dennis Fitzpatrick carried 8 stone, and Hambletonian, ridden by Frank Buckle, carried 8 stone 3 pounds. The match was for 3000 guineas a side, half-forfeit, with large amounts said to have been wagered on the outcome. Run over the Beacon Course of 4 miles, 1 furlong and 138 yards, the time was given as 8 minutes and a half. Although the game little Diamond lost by a neck he was still thought the better horse overall as he ran in more races and beat a higher quality of opponent than did Hambletonian.

While Diamond made no great impression in the stud he did leave two daughters who bred on. Queen of Diamonds (b f 1809) was the 2nd dam of the Oaks and St Leger winner Queen of Trumps (br f 1832 Velocipede) and ancestress of such horses as the Chester Cup winners Organist (b c 1871 Cathedral) and Hidennis (b c 1921 Tredennis) and the good stallion Chop Chop (b c 1940 Flares) who was such a success in Canada. Another daughter, Miss Forester [ex-Miss Holland] (b f 1808), bred by Sir Stephen Glynne, was the dam of Mr Houldsworth's Valentine* [ex-Tommy Longlegs] (b c 1823 Magistrate) who was sent to New York in 1826.

Several old sources say Diamond was sent to America and "created quite a sensation in Dublin when he passed through that city on his way to his new home," however, there is no record of Diamond being in America, and he is also said to have been sent to France in the spring of 1818 [GSB 2/2:312]. He is listed as a sire of winners In Ireland in 1810 [Pick:1810]. Diamond is said to have died in France in 1819.

 
Pedigree
Diamond Highflyer King Herod Tartar
Cypron
Rachel Blank
Sister to South
Matchem Mare Matchem Cade
Sister to Miss Partner
Barbara Snap
Miss Vernon
Race Record
 
At 3: 2nd in a 450 guineas sweep at Newmarket Craven, won by Sir F Standish's Spread Eagle (b c 1792 Volunteer), beating two others, collected a 50 guineas forfeit from his brother, Lord Darlington's Lark (b c 1792 Highflyer), at Newmarket, Second Spring, 4th in Spread Eagle's Derby at Epsom, worth 1250 guineas, 2nd place going to Lord Egremont's Caustic (b c 1792 Mercury), 3rd to Sir F Poole's Pelter (br c 1792 Fortunio), beating seven others.
 
At 4: won the 400 guineas Jockey Stakes at Newmarket, First Spring, beating Mr Durand's Guildford (b c 1792 Highflyer) and two colts by Pot8os, walked-over for a 200 guineas each sweep at Newmarket in July, 2nd in a dead-heat with Mr Clifton's Brother to Overton (b c 1792 King Fergus) for the 1400 guineas Great Produce Stakes at York in August, won by Lord Grosvenor's Prince Charles (b c 1792 Highflyer), beating Spread Eagle, 2nd in the Richmond Cup, won by Mr Milbank's Sober Robin (b c 1791 Ruler).
 
At 5: won the King's Plate at Newcastle, beating Mr Baker's Deserter (b c King Fergus), Sir H V Tempest's Charger (ch c Pot8os) and Mr Walton's Farewell (b f 1792 Slope), won a 50 plate at Newcastle, beating Sir Hedworth Williamson's Hambleton (b c 1719 Dungannon) and Clementina (b f 1791 Dungannon), won the 60 guineas Ladies' Plate at York in August, beating Lord Alfred Hamilton's grey Volunteer Colt, won 50 guineas at Newmarket, First October, beating Mr Lade's Oatlands (b c 1793 Dungannon), Mr Watson's Yeoman (b c 1792 Highflyer), Lord Clermont's Aimator (b c 1790 Trumpator) and two others over the Beacon Course, won the King's Plate at Newmarket, beating Mr Durand's Oaks winner Hermione (b f 1791 Sir Peter Teazle) and Vixen (b f 1791 Pot8os) over the Beacon Course, 3rd in the Richmond Cup, won by Sir W Gerard's Garswood (ch c 1794 King Fergus) followed by Mr J Hutchinson's Little Scot (gr c Delpini), beating three others, left the course in a 10 guineas each sweep at Richmond in September, "ran clean off the course," won by Little Scot "carrying a feather".
 
At 6: won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket, Craven, beating Mr Sitwell's Moorcock (b c 1791 Highflyer), won an 800 guineas sweep at Newmarket, First Spring, beating the Hon George Watson's St George (b c 1789 Highflyer), Aimator and three others over the Beacon Course, won 50 guineas at Newmarket, Second Spring, won the Oxford Cup, beating Mr Hallett's Stickler (b c 1793 Highflyer), a brother to Diamond, and two others, won the King's Plate at Nottingham, beating Scorpion (gr c Harpur's Herod) in both four-mile heats, won a 1000 guineas match at Doncaster, beating Sir H T Vane's Shuttle (b c 1793 Young Marske) over four miles, walked-over for the King's Plate at York.
 
At 7: won the Oatlands Stakes at Newmarket, Craven, beating Young Javelin, St George, Brother to Waxy and five others over the Ditch In Course, won the King's Plate at Newmarket, First Spring, beating Grey Pilot (gr c Pilot) and two others over the Round Course, won the Jockey Club Plate at Newmarket, Second Spring, beating the two-time winner of the Doncaster Cup, Stamford (br c 1794 Sir Peter Teazle), and one other over the Beacon Course, 3rd for the Main Oatlands at Newmarket, First Spring, won by Warter (b c 1794 King Fergus), followed by Oscar (bl c 1795 Saltram), beating the St Leger winner Ambrosio (b c 1793 Sir Peter Teazle), 3rd for the Oxford Cup, won by Mr Durand's Oaks winner Bellissima (b f 1795 Phoenomenon) and Warter, lost the famous 3000 guineas match at Newmarket, Craven, to Sir H T Vane's Hambletonian (b c 1792 King Fergus).
 
At 8: won 50 at Newmarket, First Spring, beating Stamford, Coriander and Wrangler, won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket, Second October, beating Mr R Heathcote's Hippona (ch f 1791 King Fergus) over three miles, 4th in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April, collected 250 guineas forfeit from Warter at Newmarket, First October, lost a 200 guineas match at Newmarket, Second Spring, to Hippona, lost a 200 guineas match at Newmarket, Houghton, to Mr Heathcote's St Leger winner Symmetry (gr c 1795 Delpini) over the Across the Flat Course, his last race.
   

   
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