Royal Diamond is reported in “great form” ahead of his seasonal debut in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday. Press Association The eight-year-old son of King’s Best provided his trainer Johnny Murtagh with his biggest success last season when winning the valuable Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October. He also claimed a Group Three prize at the Curragh in August, along with a Listed event at Leopardstown in July. Murtagh said: “He is in great form, he is fit and well and we are looking forwarding to seeing him run on Sunday.” Dermot Weld has made a blistering start to the 2014 Flat season and is represented by Pale Mimosa. This five-year-old daughter of Singspiel won Listed contests at York and Leopardstown last year, while she finished a close-up fourth to Royal Diamond at Ascot. Weld said of his Dr. Ronan Lambe-owned mare: “She has wintered well, and she is coming along nicely. She is having her first run of the season at Navan and I expect her to come on for it.” Saddler’s Rock finished ahead of Royal Diamond in the St Leger at the Curragh in September, but he was then beaten into fifth by Murtagh’s charge at Ascot in October. The six-year-old failed to make an impact in two starts at Meydan over the winter and trainer John Oxx is hoping the rain stays away from Navan before his latest assignment. He said: “He needs good ground, so rain won’t suit and I think it is forecast for Saturday night. We are hoping he will run a good race and it should be a good prep race for the Ascot Gold Cup.” Sir Ector enjoyed a fruitful campaign last year, winning both the Ulster Derby and the Movember Handicap, while he was just three and three-parts of a length off Royal Diamond in a Listed race at Leopardstown last July. He ran a fine race on his last start to finish a close-up fourth in the Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick, on what was his second outing of 2014. He is stepped back up to a mile and six here, and trainer James Lambe said: “He is in good form, the trip should suit, the ground should suit and hopefully he will run a nice race.” Leading Light, who won the St Leger at Doncaster in September, never landed a blow in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp but can be expected to make his presence felt now on his first start of the season. The Willie McCreery-trained nine-time winner Leah Claire and the twice-raced Cosmic Cannonball for Jim Bolger complete the field.
His personal path is also curious. The Madrid Mendy lived almost a miracle to return to walk because of a very serious problem in the hip and the Mendy citizen did not give a franc in France. In 2016, Marseille’s former left-wing and radio commentator, Eric Di Meco, said “a rat” would be eaten if Benjamin Mendy ever played with the French national team. When France called him shortly afterwards, the sideman himself called on Twitter to Di Meco to fulfill his promise … Today there is a duel more than peculiar, Mendy against Mendy. The spectators who follow the game on TV or radio will have to be attentive. In this Real Madrid-City and on the way back in Manchester there will be two Mendy facing each other. Ferland, in Madrid, Benjamin, the citizen. The two left sides and are not family, although both left the powerful quarry of Le Havre (Pogba …), which helps create even more confusion among fans. When the white club took Ferland, a fan went to Benjamin’s Instagram by mistake. “Prepare for Madrid,” he said. “You mean the other Mendy,” he replied, among smiling emojis, the City defender.Today, in addition to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Eurocopa are played. The fight to be the three of France is very expensive, this will be the Mendys, the brothers Hernández and Digne. Five faces for two holes in the final 23 list that Deschamps will have to deliver at the latest on June 2. They do not look like football, more stylist Madrid, hitting the Mancunian, but Ferland and Benjamin may be the duo of the same most expensive last name in history. Between them they cost 115 million euros. The City paid € 57M for his and Madrid paid € 48M for the man who sent Marcelo to the substitution.