Last Saturday afternoon just kept getting better for Mount Maunganui based
breeder Jim Barlow.
Barlow under the banner of Fusion Bloodstock – co owned by Tony Joyce - and
Barlow’s cousin Max Brown of Brown Bloodstock, are the breeders of the listed
Wellesley Stakes winner Sir Nate (Nadeem x Just Diamonds). A few hours later
his older sister Karavali recorded her third winner when she won easily at
Just Diamonds is currently residing at Trelawney Stud where she is visiting from Little Avondale Stud to be covered by Burgundy.
Unfortunately the Nadeem foal Just Diamonds had this year died from a crushed diaphragm when it was a day old, but fortunately the mare is thriving as a foster mother to Enzo (pictured above).
Enzo was orphaned after her mother died following a C-section. Owner Jonelle Gray bottle fed the coloured foal by Mustang Sammy every hour until it was 11 days old. At that time Just Diamonds lost her foal and through the foster foal service to two were paired up.
Those familiar with the foster process will know it is no easy task to get a mare to take on an 11 day old foal- and vice versa. However Just Diamonds and Enzo fell in love and as they say, the rest is history.
Just Diamonds was purchased for Brown and Fusion Bloodstock as a yearling.
“We asked Robbie “The Ace” Hewitson who buys for the O’Sullivan/Scott stable to select us a yearling to go into that stable, and that was Just Diamonds (No Excuse Needed),” recalled Barlow.
“She was a bit of a handful but managed to win one race before we sent her to stud. Her first foal was by Handsome Ransom, and then we sent her to Fast’N’Famous.
“The reason we sent her there was to double up and inbreed into Betty Box. This is the family of Alynda made famous by Alan and Linda Jones, and he was by Redoute’s Choice whom we all liked.”
Just Diamonds is the fourth foal of Trinket Box, by Mighty Avalanche out of Jewel Box, and is a half-sister to five winners including Analyst a multiple listed winner in Macau. Trinket Box was a winner and is a sister to the stakes winning two-year-old Ash Blond. Their dam Jewel Box is also the grandam of the stakes winners Penny Gem, Fairygem, Entirely Platinum, and Foxy Blonde.
Jewel Box is a sister to Alynda who won nine races including the Gr.1 Railway Handicap, and is the dam of the stakes winners Alinsky, Capestad, Altrista and Zalinda the dam of Fast’N’Famous.
That mating with Fast’N’Famous produced Los Vargas the winner of six races.
“She has just retired, and is confirmed in foal to Tivaci,” said Barlow of Los Vargas. “She was always a handful. We made the decision to retire her after she nearly killed herself being loaded on to a pod. When she was a young horse and I had the farm in the Wairarapa she kicked me and broke three ribs, there is a lot of attitude in all the family.
“Just Diamond's next foal was by Savabeel and was sold to Australia, and when it came time for her next mating, we wanted to go to a Redoute’s Choice horse again and there was really only Sam’s horse Nadeem standing at Little Avondale we thought he was on the up and up.”
The resulting foal was Karavali who raced out of Royden Bergerson’s stable as a two-year-old, winning a race and running fourth in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, before being sold to clients of Kris Lees in Sydney.
Two years later Sir Nate was born and he was purchased by Lisa Latta from the Select Sale earlier this year for $65,000 and he has now won two races from two starts. He will most likely be put aside now for a tilt at the Karaka Million, a few nights before his yearling half-brother by Savabeel goes through the ring.
“Just Diamonds will visit Burgundy this year, we are using the Redoute’s Choice cross
again, and I think he is a stallion with a lot of potential,” enthused Barlow.
Since selling his farm in the Wairarapa and moving north Barlow has
distributed his mares between Trelawney Stud and Little Avondale.
“Sam and Brent have both been mates for years so it made sense to send the
mares to them. Besides Little Avondale and Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock are my partners
in some of my mares including Sharvastri and Kumari. We
have a Sharvastri colt by Snitzel going to the Sydney Easter sales in April.”
Barlow has around half a dozen mares, a number of racing age stock, and a
handful of yearlings to sell. He also has shares in Savabeel, Tivaci,
Alamosa and Road To Rock, so despite no longer being hands on is still
very much entrenched in the game and looking forward to some exciting results
over the next few months. - Michelle Saba (NZTBA) and Trelawney Stud