Marie’s Diamond can look forward to a step back up in class after getting his career back on track with an impressive front-running success in the Betway Paradise Stakes at Newmarket.
The son of Footstepsinthesand, one of two runners in the Listed prize for trainer Mark Johnston, never saw another rival once securing the prime position close to the far side rail.
Though Wolverhampton maiden scorer Lord Tennyson looked set to play a big part having ranged up late on, he did not have the gears to match the long-time leader with four and a quarter lengths separating the pair at the post.
Johnston said of the 14-1 victor: “It was a very good performance. There is not a lot I can say really, as it was really straightforward. He got across to the far side rail and held them all the way. It looked to me if he was going away at the finish.
“He ran very well at Wolverhampton and that did him no harm and that seven furlongs would have been sharp enough for him as he gets every inch of the mile.
“I’m not sure where we go next. I’m sure the Middleham Park boys will be looking through the book now. They are very good at spotting foreign races and are good people to train for.
“He has already won a Group race so hopefully he can go back up to that level. We will talk about going further with him given the way he finished there.”