Forgotten Filly To Return On Saturday

Forgotten Peter Moody-trained filly Diamond Glow will return to the races this Saturday in the star-studded Aquanas Foods Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Diamond Glow will compete for the first time since January at Moonee Valley this Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

The daughter of Bel Esprit has not been seen at the races since finishing second behind Group 1 winner Miracles Of Life in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) on Australia Day.

After that performance Diamond Glow was listed as the second favourite for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) but Moody believed the filly had peaked, after just the second run of her campaign, and sent her to the spelling paddock to return for the spring.

Moody told AAP that he was unsure how much Diamond Glow had improved from her rookie campaign and will not set her for a specific race during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival until he sees how she performs on Saturday.

“Saturday will tell me a lot about where we go this spring,” Moody said.

“I’m just not sure how much she’s matured since the summer.

“It could be that she just has a short campaign now to prepare her for the autumn.”

Moody will get a very clear idea on just how good Diamond Glow is when she takes on a number of fillies whose trainers have big plans for them during the spring.

David Hayes-trained Gregers will resume in the race as she begins her path to the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) while Listed Chairman Stakes (1100m) winner Metastasio is set to take on Miracles Of Life second-up in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 17.

It is a big day for Moody’s rising three-year-olds with talented colt Weinholt set to resume in the Sweeney Can Do Agents Handicap (1000m).

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