King Diamond has won the Listed Ballarat Cup, which took place at Ballarat racecourse yesterday November 25, 2012.
The six-year-old was having just his second start for trainer Jarrod McLean.
King Diamond won the race by a nose in front of Pelicano, who finished second, and Exceptionally, who placed third.
The Danewin gelding has now won six of his 25 starts and has earned more than $430,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
McLean was over the moon with King Diamond’s win after spending his time rejuvenating the horse’s sore joints with training trips to the beach.
Prior to being sent to McLean’s stables, King Diamond was trained by Mark Kavanagh and Peter Moody.
“It’s a big thrill and an advertisement for the beach at Warrnambool,” McLean said.
“He came to me from two very good trainers in Mark Kavanagh and Peter Moody.
“I backed right off him to get him feeling better.
“These old horses can gallop. You’ve just got to get them sound and the beach is the key.”
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2012 Ballarat Cup Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||5||KING DIAMOND||Jarrod McLean||Brad Rawiller||–||6||56.5kg||$41|
|2||11||PELICANO||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||0.1L||13||54kg||$7.50|
|3||3||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||1.35L||5||58.5kg||$5.50|
|4||9||DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Michael Rodd||1.55L||12||55.5kg||$31|
|5||14||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||2.8L||1||54kg||$31|
|6||10||MODULE (NZ)||Peter Gelagotis||Ryan Plumb||2.9L||3||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$31|
|7||4||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||Ryan Maloney||3.9L||14||58kg||$2.70F|
|8||1||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||Steven Arnold||4.3L||9||60kg||$9|
|9||12||ALMODOVAR (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||4.4L||11||54kg||$31|
|10||13||SISTER NORMA||Greg Eurell||Dean Holland||4.6L||4||54kg||$61|
|11||2||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Jamie Mott||5.85L||10||59.5kg||$20|
|12||8||TURNITUP||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.95L||7||56.5kg||$9.50|
|13||6||STREAKY FELLA||Aaron Purcell||Glen Boss||6.45L||2||56.5kg||$41|
|14||7||TEXAN WARNEY||Darryl Dodson||Ms Holly McKechnie||9.45L||8||56.5kg||$41|