Three-year-old gelding (Flat)
Trainer: James Ferguson (Newmarket)
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Diderot (pronounced dee derr oh) is a beautifully-bred son of Bated Breath, a proven and consistent sire of Group-class winners. This three-year-old gelding is a half-brother to four winners, including Grade 3 winner in America, Grand Jete, while his full-brother is the five-time winner, Sfumato. He is out of Modern Look, who was a Group 3 winner as a juvenile and a Group 2 winner as a three-year-old.
Diderot won his second start for his previous connections (trainer Ger Lyons and owner Juddmonte) in March this year, when impressing at Dundalk in a maiden over a mile. On Diderot's last start at the Curragh in June, he looked desperately unlucky when short of room at a vital stage, when in the process of running a big race. He caught the eye of many when making up a lot of late ground in the closing stages to finish with a flourish. He was purchased by Owners Group at the Tattersalls July Sale in Newmarket after this run. Diderot's current Irish handicap rating is 88.
Diderot is to be trained by James Ferguson in Newmarket. James has enjoyed an excellent start to his fledgling training career and has already trained a big winner for Owners Group, in the shape of First Folio, who landed a competitive and valuable heritage handicap at York in June.
Following his purchase, Diderot has enjoyed a short break and he is due to join James Ferguson shortly, all being well. James is likely to aim Diderot for races in the early autumn and given his maiden win came on the all-weather, he may also consider some valuable races on the sand this winter.
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