On Friday, Diaminda won the Helical Bar EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot on behalf of owners (and soccer stars) Paul Scholes and John O’Shea. Racing tipsters had pegged Diaminda at 7-2 betting odds making her one of the favourites in the field. On Friday, the Alan Jarvis-trained runner did not disappoint.
Scholes and O’Shea were football teammates with Manchester United before the latter joined Sunderland. Diaminda won her debut at Doncaster and is the half-sister to Fayr Jag who won the Golden Jubilee Stakes. Jockey Jim Crowley managed to encourage Diaminda to take the early lead and to cross the line by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Serenity Spa and Pearl Bell. The latter was regarded as the 5-6 betting odds favourite heading into Ascot.
Jarvis commented to sportinglife.com afterwards: “She should have won first time but it was just greenness. She might come back here for the Princess Margaret Stakes if she comes out of this all right. I did think at the start of the season I had the nicest two-year-olds I'd had for 20 years, and Martinas Delight could run in the same race.”
In other news, Yarmouth racecourse announced a successful Ladies’ Night event which took place Tuesday evening. Organizers put up a total of £1,000 worth of prizes for the ladies to show off their latest fashions, hats, colours and style.
There were over 4,000 attendees on Tuesday. The top prize of £500 worth of beauty products went to Annabelle from Lowestoft, Suffolk. Runner-up was Lucy from Great Yarmouth, who took the £300 second prize.