The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria’s premier sprint race for two-year-olds run at set weights.
- Race Type: Group 1
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
A field of up to 16 will be racing this year for over $1 million in prize money plus trophies. The race will be contested over 1200 metres on Caulfield’s triangular racecourse. It is a set weight event with colts and geldings carrying 56 1/2 kgs and fillies carrying 54 1/2 kgs.
Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets Markets on this years Blue Diamond Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Blue Diamond Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 16 plus an emergency runner for the $1,500,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes with 11 colts and geldings and 6 fillies. The early favourite is the filly Catchy who is unbeaten in 3 starts and is one of 6 runners for the Hayes/Dabernig team. She won the fillies blue Diamond Prelude in a faster times than the boys Prelude. Second favourite is Tulip who was a close 2nd in the Blue Diamond Preview after winning at Moonee Valley. Third favouritism is shared between Property, who won the colts and geldings Prelude, and Pariah who was 2nd in that race after winning the Canonbury Stakes in Sydney.
Formality has won both her starts by good margins, while Jukebox won the Inglis Premier by 2 lengths at this track and distance last outing. Roomooz was held up for a run when 4th in the Prelude. Taking Aim has placed in all 3 starts and is getting close to a win. All other runners are currently at 25 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|11 Catchy||11 Catchy||4 Pariah|
|1 Property||13 Tulip||1 Property|
|3 Jukebox||12 Formality||12 Formality|
|12 Formality||4 Pariah||11 Catchy|
Past winners of the Blue Diamond Stakes:
The Blue Diamond Stakes is a race renowned for quality as its roll call of past winners attests: Alinghi in 2004, Redoute’s Choice 1999, Hurricane Sky 1994, Courtza 1989, Zeditave 1988, Rancher 1982 and Manikato 1978. Hurricane Sky, carrying 54 kgs, has the fastest stakes time of 1.08.10.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn managed to string four consecutive wins in a row after taking out the 2008 race on Reaan. Previous to that he won the 2007 on Sleek Chassis, 2006 on Nadeem and then the 2005 with Undoubtedly. Both Nadeem and Undoubtedly were sired by Redoute’s Choice, the winner of the 1999 Blue Diamond. 2013 winner Miracles Of Life is a grand-daughter of Redoubte’s Choice and was the first Blue Diamond winner to be ridden by a female jockey, apprentice Lauren Stojakovic.
|2016||Extreme Choice||Flying Artie||Zamzam|
|2015||Pride Of Dubai||Reemah||Lake Geneva|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||Godiva Rock|
|2012||Samaready||No Looking Back||Armed For Action|
|2009||Reward For Effort||Real Saga||Maka Ena|
|2007||Sleek Chassis||Zizou||Shrewd Rhythm|
|2006||Nadeem||Miss Finland||Wonderful World|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Brief Embrace||Pillaging|
|2001||True Jewels||La Lagune||Spectatorial|
|2000||Road To Success||Ponton Flyer||Mannington|