Sydney beckons rising star

Murray Baker could now look to further Sydney success for owner Scott Richardson following the Group III Westbury Classic at Ellerslie last Wednesday.

Richardson has had a great innings with the Baker stable, both the establishment of Murray in Cambridge and son Bjorn in Sydney.

Last Wednesday it was Murray Baker’s turn to provide Richardson with a further stakes win when Diademe led throughout to score a convincing win against a Group One-type lineup in the Westbury Classic. She defeated this season’s Triple Group One winner Final Touch with Fleur de Lune fighting on strongly for third.

“That’s Scott’s 15th win in eight months,” said Mark Lupton, who manages Richardson’s Matamata property and also trains some of his horses.

Bjorn Baker’s team includes Richardson’s top stayer Mr Tipsy and Diademe looks to have the potential to also make her mark in Sydney.

“She’s still in the Doncaster (Handicap),” said Murray Baker. “She’s a good mare and there’s a chance she’ll get there. She’ll probably have her next run at Tauranga.”

Diademe, a daughter of Savabeel, has now recorded four wins and four placings from eight starts. Her leadup form consisted of Group Two placings behind Shez Sinsational and Miss Pelear.

After finishing a game third in the Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie on January 1, Diademe was freshened and Baker used a trial at Matamata to top her off for the Westbury Classic. Anyone who witnessed Diademe’s quiet third behind Artistic in that 1300-metre trial should be have on the collecting end of the tasty $14 win dividend last Wednesday.

Opie Bosson rode Diademe in that trial and was most impressed with the performance, though not as much as he was of her effort last Wednesday.

“She’s tough and she was always travelling like a winner,” said Bosson. “That was a top field she beat.”