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Prominent South African owner-breeder Mary Slack enjoyed a notable big race success in Ireland on Sunday, when her well bred filly Diamond Fields upset a top-class field to win the G3 Gladness Stakes at Naas.

Run over 1400m, the Gladness Stakes is named for the great staying racemare Gladness, whose 8 wins included the Ascot Gold Cup, Ebor Handicap and Goodwood Cup.

(Interestingly enough, Gladness herself is the fifth dam of the Slack bred  G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa).

Past winners of the Gladness Stakes include champions Giant’s Causeway, El Gran Senor and Nijinsky II, as well as triple G1 winner Excelebration.

Diamond Fields, who flew up late to down triple G1 winner Alice Sprints victory by half a length in Sunday’s race, has now won twice, and she was also second in the G2 Sands Point Stakes in North America last year.

Her trainer Fozzy Stack said after the win,”
He gave her a very good ride as she doesn't kill herself when she gets to the front.

"She was a little bit unlucky last year in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot and in America the saddle slipped one day.

"She also finished third in a Grade Two at Saratoga. It lashed rain beforehand and the ground was very slippy. She ran well at Belmont on her last start behind a very smart filly, and probably didn't just get the nine furlongs that day.

"She's smart and may come back here for the Athasi, and then maybe Ascot, although there is another race back in New York around that time so we'll have to see where we go.

"I'm very pleased for the owner Mary Slack. It's the biggest winner she has had in Ireland or England. She is a good supporter of the yard and has a stud farm down in South Africa, so I'm sure she will breed off her at some stage.”


A daughter of champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock, Diamond Fields is out of the stakes placed Shamardal mare Question Times.

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