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 24 February 2018
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 2018
See below for early betting markets Markets on this years Blue Diamond Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Blue Diamond Stakes Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Showers
There is a full field of 16 plus 4 emergency runners for the $1,500,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes with 10 colts and geldings and 10 fillies. The betting is very open this year and the early favourite is Long Leaf who is unbeaten in 3 starts and is one of 4 runners for the Hayes/Dabernig team. On the second line of betting are Ennis Hill who won the G3 Chairman’s Stakes by a good margin, and Oohood who was 3rd in the Blue Diamond Preview and 2nd in the fillies Prelude, but is still a maiden.
Plague Stone was 2nd in the Prelude and the extra 100m will help. Kinky Boom won the Inglis Premier by a big margin at his only start and should go well here. Prairie Fire won the Talindert last start while Written By won the Blue Diamond Prelude. All other runners are currently at 16 to 1 or longer, including Enbihaar and Lady Horseowner who have both had 2 starts for 2 wins.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Long Leaf|
|11 Kinky Boom|
|2 Written By|
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|