ONLY one stallion, Johar, occupies the Mill Ridge stallion barn these days, a far cry from the years when Gone West and Diesis
headed numerically strong rosters.
Cecil says his two-year-old colt is as good as Wollow and Diesis
, who were outstanding winners of the Dewhurst
Coral left him at 10-1 in their betting for the Cheltenham race after seeing the Diesis
gelding cause a few heart flutters to punters who took the odds of 2-9 before he held off Classic Role's determined challenge.
The son of Diesis
got his 2003 campaign off to a successful start with a three-length victory in a Newbury maiden in April.
But if you doubt my memory, see Daniel Benjamin's recent article in Slate that demolishes the Rice-Rumsfeld diesis
Last month it was the Diesis
100 (the first 100cc scooter produced by Piaggio for the UK market) and this month was the launch of the X9 500 and B125.
Cecil has not won the Dewhurst since Diesis
triumphed in 1982, but he said last week that Frankel bore close comparison with that colt.
Unraced as a juvenile, this daughter of Diesis
out of a Sadlers Wells mare is poised to make her debut soon.
Arlington victory testament to late Mill Ridge stallion DIESIS
died nearly four years ago but he remains to the fore even though his final two crops, the youngest of which are now three, consist of just 35 foals.
Presidium looked to be on his way to attaining the heights set by his halfbrothers Kris, Diesis
and Keen when second in the 1984 Mill Reef Stakes, but any fancy aspirations evaporated after a disappointing start to his three-year-old season.
was pensioned in April 2006 and put down seven months later after fracturing a hip in a paddock accident.
Highland River is the second winner from three foals out of Bee One, a winning daughter of Catrail from the family of Kris and Diesis