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The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds that takes place in February each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run under set weight conditions over a distance of 1200 metres and is worth $1,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes was won by Extreme Choice from Flying Artie with Zamzam third.
Blue Diamond Stakes day is the Melbourne Racing Club's premier race day of the autumn, highlighted by the running of the Blue Diamond Stakes, along with the Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Gr1 Oakleigh Plate.
The Blue Diamond Stakes is the premier two-year-old sprint event of the autumn carnival in Melbourne and the race itself has produced many a fine horse over the years. Top class gallopers such as Sepoy (2011), Alinghi (2004), Bel Esprit (2002), Redoutes Choice (1999) Courtza (1989) and Zeditave (1988) have all won this race since its inception.
First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond Stakes is now a $1,000,000 race for the state's best two-year-olds and Blue Diamond Day has grown to become the biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club at Caulfield.
The Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G and Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies, both held at Caulfield a couple of weeks earlier, are the traditional lead up races to this classic event and classy filly Earthquake (2014) was the last 2yo to win a prelude and then go on to win the Blue Diamond.
Brilliant two-year-old Sepoy (2011) was the most recent galloper to win the Blue Diamond Stakes and then go on to victory in Australia's richest two-year-old sprint, the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, held at Rosehill during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
Extreme Choice (2016) took out the Gr3 MRC Chairman's Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield before scoring the easiest of victories in this event and recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners include Pride Of Dubai (2015) and Earthquake (2014).
2016 Blue Diamond Stakes result
1. $2.70 Extreme Choice 56.5 Craig Newitt
2. $5.00 Flying Artie 56.5 Damien Oliver
3. $26.00 Zamzam 54.5 Nicholas Hall
4. $101.00 Power Trip 56.5 Jamie Mott
5. $11.00 Star Turn 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
6. $91.00 Sweet Sherry 54.5 James Winks
7. $151.00 Kinetic Design 54.5 Ms Michelle Payne
8. $26.00 Miss Nymeria 54.5 Ryan Maloney
9. $7.50 Concealer 54.5 Mark Zahra
10. $101.00 Highland Beat 56.5 Luke Currie
11. $19.00 Valliano 56.5 Damian Lane
12. $81.00 China Dream 56.5 Glen Boss
13. $51.00 Areti 54.5 Craig Williams
14. $7.00 Samara Dancer 54.5 Dom Tourneur
15. $81.00 Hey Doc 56.5 Opie Bosson
16. $71.00 Hell Of An Effort 56.5 Luke Nolen
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