Blue Diamond Stakes
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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.
Previous Blue Diamond Stakes Winners
| TAGALOA (AUS) 2C |
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - VASILISSA (JPN) HEART'S CRY (JPN)
|M J WALKER||56.5||TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG||4|
| LYRE (AUS) 2F |
LONHRO (AUS) - ERATO (AUS) STREET CRY (IRE)
|L CURRIE||54.5||ANTHONY FREEDMAN||5|
| WRITTEN BY (AUS) 2C |
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - YAU CHIN (AUS) TOBOUGG (IRE)
|JORDAN CHILDS||56.5||GRAHAME BEGG||15|
| CATCHY (AUS) 2F |
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - CATS WHISKER (AUS) FUSAICHI PEGASUS (USA)
|C WILLIAMS||54.5||D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG||11|
| EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) 2C |
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - EXTREMELY (AUS) HUSSONET (USA)
|C NEWITT||56.5||MICK PRICE||11|
| PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) 2C |
STREET CRY (IRE) - AL ANOOD (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|D J BROWNE||56.5||P & P SNOWDEN||4|
| EARTHQUAKE (AUS) 2F |
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - CATACLYSM (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
|D J BROWNE||54.5||PETER SNOWDEN||15|
| MIRACLES OF LIFE (AUS) 2F |
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - DAZZLING GAZELLE (AUS) MORE THAN READY (USA)
|L STOJAKOVIC||54.5||DANIEL CLARKEN||1|
| SAMAREADY (AUS) 2F |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - SAMAR (AUS) SECRET SAVINGS (USA)
|C NEWITT||54.5||MICK PRICE||7|
| SEPOY (AUS) 2C |
ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) - WATCHFUL (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|K MCEVOY||55.5||PETER SNOWDEN||5|
| STAR WITNESS (AUS) 2C |
STARCRAFT (NZ) - LEONE CHIARA (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
|NICHOLAS HALL||55.5||DANNY O'BRIEN||14|
| REWARD FOR EFFORT (AUS) 2C |
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - MISS PROSPECT (AUS) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
|L NOLEN||55.5||PETER MOODY||5|
| REAAN (AUS) 2C |
HUSSONET (USA) - RIBE (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|D DUNN||55.5||D A HAYES||9|
| SLEEK CHASSIS (AUS) 2F |
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - TIGEREYE (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
|D DUNN||53.0||D A HAYES||9|
| NADEEM (AUS) 2C |
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - CANDIDE (NZ) SOUND REASON (CAN)
|D DUNN||55.5||D A HAYES||12|
| UNDOUBTEDLY (AUS) 2C |
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - KISS A HALO (AUS) DON'T SAY HALO (USA)
|D DUNN||55.5||MARK KAVANAGH||4|
| ALINGHI (AUS) 2F |
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - OCEANFAST (AUS) MONDE BLEU (GB)
|D OLIVER||53.0||D L FREEDMAN||5|
| KUSI (AUS) 2G |
DESERT PRINCE (IRE) - NAUGHTY (AUS) CANNY LAD (AUS)
|C W BROWN||55.5||JOHN HAWKES||7|
| BEL ESPRIT (AUS) 2C |
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - BESPOKEN (AUS) VAIN (AUS)
|W TRELOAR||55.5||JOHN SYMONS||3|
| TRUE JEWELS (AUS) 2F |
BRIEF TRUCE (USA) - OCCASIONAL GAIN (AUS) LUNCHTIME (GB)
|K MCEVOY||53.0||MICHAEL MORONEY||2|
| ROAD TO SUCCESS (AUS) 2G |
DOLPHIN STREET (FR) - ROADSONG (AUS) HAULPAK (AUS)
|J CASSIDY||55.5||JOHN SALANITRI||2|
All the facts and figures on the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Not many movers in the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trainer Anthony Cummings is confident Fayerra can acquit herself well in the Silver Slipper after being scratched from the Blue Diamond because of a wide gate.
If the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield was decided purely on stable entries, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have the Group One race in their keeping.
Mark Zahra will miss the Australian Guineas meeting after failing in his appeal against the severity of an eight-meeting careless riding suspension.
Not getting off the fav in the Tips and Race Preview for the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Four-week Group 1 attack by Cambridge Stud Owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay.
Mark Zahra has appealed against the severity of an eight-meeting suspension for careless riding in the Group One Lightning Stakes on winner Gytrash.
Letzbeglam and Tagaloa will provide former New Zealand trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young with their first Blue Diamond starters at Caulfield.
Nine of the fillies race seven C&Gs in the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Hanseatic remains the prominent favourite for the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, but has eased slightly after drawing the inside gate in the 16-horse field.
Lightly raced Free Of Debt will carry the minimum handicap of 50kg when he takes on more hardened sprinters in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
The Anthony Freedman-trained Hanseatic remains the firm Blue Diamond Stakes favourite after drawing barrier one.
Victoria's premier two-year-old race, the Blue Diamond Stakes, has attracted a field of 16 starters for the $1.5 million event at Caulfield.