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Blue Diamond Stakes

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LYRE winning the Blue Diamond Stakes.
LYRE winning the Blue Diamond Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds and is Victoria's premier race for the juveniles run over 1200m at Caulfield.
Initiated in 1971, the Blue Diamond was first won by Tolerance.
The Blue Diamond is a Set Weights race run in conjunction with the G1 Oakleigh Plate and the G1 Futurity Stakes.
It was worth $1,500,000 in 2020.
It was run at Flemington in 1996, when won by Paint, due to the reconstruction of Caulfield.
The Blue Diamond follows on from a series of Caulfield lead ups being the Previews and Preludes and is followed by the VRC Sires. It also serves as a form guide for the Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Sydney.
The Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies)/Blue Diamond double has been done by the likes of Miracles Of Life (2013) and Midnight Fever (1987).
The Blue Diamond Preview (Colts & Geldings)/Blue Diamond double has been done by the likes of Sepoy (2011), Reward For Effort (2009), Reaan (2008), Bel Esprit (2002), Knowledge (1997), Zedative (1988) and Rancher (1982).
The Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies)/Blue Diamond double has been done by the likes of Lyre (2019), Catchy (2017), Earthquake (2014), Samaready (2012), Alinghi (2004), Lady Jakeo (1993) and Midnight Fever (1987).
The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings)/Blue Diamond double has been done by the likes of Written By (2018), Sepoy (2011), Bel Esprit (2002), and Rancher (1982).
Fillies have held their own in recent years with 8 of the last 21 + Roedean was first but lost on disqualification.
Not a great race for favourites before a turn around with the last eight fancied. Only Alinghi and Bel Esprit of the recent years before that took the mantle successfully into and out of the race.
Dwayne Dunn had four wins in a row – 2005-2008.
David Hayes had a near similar streak going winning three (Reaan/Sleek Chassis/Nadeen) and Lindsay Park had won previously with the likes of Principality, Canonise, Mahaasin & Midnight Fever amongst others. Catchy won again for him in 2017.
Sepoy was the first to do the Diamond & Slipper double since Courtza in 1989.
Sepoy was the first since Bel Esprit to win the Preview/Prelude/Diamond.
Several Golden Slipper winners in recent seasons have been placed such as Miss Finland, Flying Spur & Canny Lad (Crystal Lily sixth).
Other notable winners of the Blue Diamond include John's Hope, Blazing Saddles, Manikato, Bounding Away, Courtza and Redoute's Choice.
The 2019 Blue Diamond Stakes was won by Lyre from Lankan Star and Free Of Debt.
Racing and Sports

Previous Blue Diamond Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
TAGALOA (AUS) 2C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - VASILISSA (JPN) HEART'S CRY (JPN)
M J WALKER56.5TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG4
LYRE (AUS) 2F
LONHRO (AUS) - ERATO (AUS) STREET CRY (IRE)
L CURRIE54.5ANTHONY FREEDMAN5
WRITTEN BY (AUS) 2C
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - YAU CHIN (AUS) TOBOUGG (IRE)
JORDAN CHILDS56.5GRAHAME BEGG15
CATCHY (AUS) 2F
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - CATS WHISKER (AUS) FUSAICHI PEGASUS (USA)
C WILLIAMS54.5D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG11
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) 2C
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - EXTREMELY (AUS) HUSSONET (USA)
C NEWITT56.5MICK PRICE11
PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) 2C
STREET CRY (IRE) - AL ANOOD (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
D J BROWNE56.5P & P SNOWDEN4
EARTHQUAKE (AUS) 2F
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - CATACLYSM (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
D J BROWNE54.5PETER SNOWDEN15
MIRACLES OF LIFE (AUS) 2F
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - DAZZLING GAZELLE (AUS) MORE THAN READY (USA)
L STOJAKOVIC54.5DANIEL CLARKEN1
SAMAREADY (AUS) 2F
MORE THAN READY (USA) - SAMAR (AUS) SECRET SAVINGS (USA)
C NEWITT54.5MICK PRICE7
SEPOY (AUS) 2C
ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) - WATCHFUL (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
K MCEVOY55.5PETER SNOWDEN5
STAR WITNESS (AUS) 2C
STARCRAFT (NZ) - LEONE CHIARA (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
NICHOLAS HALL55.5DANNY O'BRIEN14
REWARD FOR EFFORT (AUS) 2C
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - MISS PROSPECT (AUS) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
L NOLEN55.5PETER MOODY5
REAAN (AUS) 2C
HUSSONET (USA) - RIBE (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
D DUNN55.5D A HAYES9
SLEEK CHASSIS (AUS) 2F
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - TIGEREYE (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
D DUNN53.0D A HAYES9
NADEEM (AUS) 2C
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - CANDIDE (NZ) SOUND REASON (CAN)
D DUNN55.5D A HAYES12
UNDOUBTEDLY (AUS) 2C
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - KISS A HALO (AUS) DON'T SAY HALO (USA)
D DUNN55.5MARK KAVANAGH4
ALINGHI (AUS) 2F
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - OCEANFAST (AUS) MONDE BLEU (GB)
D OLIVER53.0D L FREEDMAN5
KUSI (AUS) 2G
DESERT PRINCE (IRE) - NAUGHTY (AUS) CANNY LAD (AUS)
C W BROWN55.5JOHN HAWKES7
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) 2C
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - BESPOKEN (AUS) VAIN (AUS)
W TRELOAR55.5JOHN SYMONS3
TRUE JEWELS (AUS) 2F
BRIEF TRUCE (USA) - OCCASIONAL GAIN (AUS) LUNCHTIME (GB)
K MCEVOY53.0MICHAEL MORONEY2
ROAD TO SUCCESS (AUS) 2G
DOLPHIN STREET (FR) - ROADSONG (AUS) HAULPAK (AUS)
J CASSIDY55.5JOHN SALANITRI2

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