DIPLOMATIC MISS’s upward trend continued at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday as the three-year-old posted her third win from her last four starts.

The Steve O’Dea-trained filly was faced with a heavy (10) track in Class 3 company but made light work of a small field, cantering to the post 4.5 lengths in advance of her nearest rival.

So comfortable was the win, jockey Jim Byrne described the race as “nothing more than a track gallop”.

But perhaps the most encouraging sign was how well DIPLOMATIC MISS relaxed and conserved energy mid-race, indicating that distances beyond 1400m will be within reach.

DIPLOMATIC MISS is by Coolmore’s shuttle stallion DECLARATION OF WAR, whose progeny have adapted well to Australian racing as seen in recent weeks by Group 1 Queensland Oaks winner WINNING WAYS and Group winners VOW AND DECLARE and DECLARATION OF HEART.

The filly was purchased for the bargain price of $30k at the 2017 Capricornia Rockhampton Yearling Sale.

Proven Thoroughbreds’ tally of winners for 2019 now stands at 35 with $1,336,030 in prizemoney.

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