Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: Royal Anthem
Dam: Lady Ramona
The eight-year-old Royal Anthem gelding Diggin Deep is offered for sale. Currently trained in Ireland, he might prove a suitable type for racing in the UK.
Diggin Deep ran in point-to-points before showing promise in maiden hurdles, notably when fourth at Clonmel. Initially allotted a handicap mark of 92, he was a close-up fifth in a Punchestown handicap in December 2016. Soon his attentions were switched to fences, and he finished sixth on debut at Navan and then fourth at Fairyhouse not long after. He has been mixing hurdles and fences ever since.
Diggin Deep's dam Lady Ramona was a winner over fences under rules, whilst his siblings include Holryale, a two-time winner over hurdles for Dan Skelton in the past year or so.
The sire Royal Anthem was a brilliant eight-length winner of the Juddmonte International, and is the source of such 140+ rated jumpers as Rattan, Theatrical Moment, Princeton Royale and The Grey Taylor.
Now rated just 83 over fences and 80 over hurdles, there is definitely the possibility that Diggin Deep could turn out to be nicely handicapped. He is a very straightforward horse, that has never fallen (one unseat) in 18 starts under rules, so he might prove a suitable type for a novice rider.