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DIADEM, THE GREAT IRISH MARE Probably the best that ever carried Lord dAber-nons "black and turquoise cap." and at any rata his only classic winner, is the fleet-footed daughter of Orby, Diadem, which is really "a wonder considering her size and substance, some of her exploits having been nothing short of marvelous. Who can forget her extraordinary performance in the spring, when, by a supremely game effort, she gave thirty-eight pounds to Irish Elegance and woii the Salford Borough Handicap at Manchester? I suppose the secret of her excellence lies in her beautiful action, for rarely has there been anything more perfect, for she covers a surprisingly lot of ground in an apparently effortless stride. Donnetta, her dam, has done rare service for Lord dAbernon, as apart from winning the Kempton Jubilee Handicap she produced among other wmners Diadumenos. which is certain to make his mark at the stud, and there is Dionysos coming on. In a few days Diadem will be five years old, but being still as sound as a bell and having left off in good form, she is to be trained for another season. With ordinary luck she should add to -er laurels by winning some of the weight-for-uge races, which count for so much, at meetings like Ascot, Goodwood and Newmarket. At present she is turned out and doing well, growing, I hear, heavier and stronger, and if following the example.of her dam she continues to improve, one wonders what she will do this year. "Vigilant" in London Sportsman.