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The words of the song rang true at the Wine Country Race Club's Sunday race meeting held at Cessnock on 29th January 2017 when CELTIC DIAMOND produced a strong performance to beat Dreaming Diamonds.

Again, as proven many times before, Scott's "tinkering" with a horses's gear, in this case removing the winkers and applying a noseroll and cross over noseband has paid dividends.

It was race seven of the day, the track rated a Good 3, CELTIC DIAMOND was to carry the nice weight of 54kgs with Jess Taylor riding.

The Class 2 Handicap's distance of 1570 metres would suit the four-year-old mare who is by Tickets out of the good producer Misa Eire (the dam was also trained by Scott).

The day actually turned out to be a family affair with Oakwood Lady, an older half-sister to CELTIC DIAMOND by California Dane was narrowly beaten in the previous race.

This family of horses are all owned by the Smith and Bartlett families and race in their colors and of course all are under the care of Singleton Racing.

After the field had jumped, it was CELTIC DIAMOND who took up the running after Jess had piloted her horse from barrier six in the eight horse field across to the rail a couple of hundred metres after the start.

Approaching the 1000 metres mark the jockey eased the tempo slightly to have her mount travelling very comfortably getting along at a steady clip.

The positioning remained the same with Sahara Strike in second and the other diamond horse, Dreaming Diamonds from Newcastle was back in on the fence running third.

With the home turn in her sights Jess maintained a steady pace in front, the balance of the runners were being asked for their efforts under harder riding.

Once CELTIC DIAMOND had straightened for home it was a case of catch me if you can as Jess applied a little pressure to the mare, she found strongly and kicked two lengths clear whilst Dreaming Diamonds, under hard riding, had run into second.

Still full of running CELTIC DIAMOND passed the winning post 2 ΒΌ lengths in front, the time for the race 1:35.52 and her 600 metres sectional was a tidy 34.67 seconds.

Congratulations to the owners/breeders P Smith, S Smith and B J Bartlett.

Good Luck with your horse family and we'll be seeing those unique colours in the winners circle again in the not too distant future.

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