The Blue Diamond Prelude C&G is a Group 3 race for two-year-old colts & geldings that takes place in early February each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1100 metres and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G was won by I Am Immortal from Shotmaker with Hawker Hurricane third.
The colts & geldings Prelude is held on Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes day, the second biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club, after Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes day, and is the male eqivalent of the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) for fillies.
|Date:||Saturday 9th February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo C&G - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||I Am Immortal|
The Blue Diamond Prelude C&G is an 1100 race for two-year-old colts & geldings that serves as the ideal lead up race to the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes in a fortnight at the same track.
The level weights playing field advantages the better 2yo gallopers engaged and some very talented horses have won this race over the years, including Sepoy (2011), Bel Esprit (2002), Lonhro (2001), Flying Spur (1995) and Danzero (1994).
The Colts & Geldings Prelude is held on the same day as the female version of the race, which is the Blue Diamond Prelude - Fillies. Sepoy (2011) went on to win the Blue Diamond Stakes after scoring in this event and he's the most recent galloper to win the colts & geldings Prelude and then the Blue Diamond Stakes in the same year.
Sepoy travelled to Sydney later in the autumn to take out the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill and completed the Blue Diamond & Golden Slipper double in the process.
I Am Immortal (2019) took out the Listed Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings at Caulfield before leading all the way to win this event in classy style for the Anthony Freedman stable.
Recent Blue Diamond Prelude C&G winners include Written By (2018) and Property (2017).
1. $2.50 I Am Immortal 55.5 Ben Melham
2. $8.50 Shotmaker 55.5 Damian Lane
3. $11.00 Hawker Hurricane 55.5 Mark Zahra
4. $19.00 Groot 55.5 Ms Linda Meech
5. $7.50 Aussie 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $6.50 Brazen Brando 55.5 Craig Williams
7. $14.00 Auxin 55.5 James McDonald
8. $18.00 Exeter 55.5 Damien Oliver
9. $13.00 Hulk 55.5 Michael Walker
10. $51.00 Languishing 55.5 Andrew Mallyon
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.3 len
A number of group races take place on CF Orr Stakes day alongside the Blue Diamond Preludes, including the Gr2 Autumn Stakes, Gr3 Rubiton Stakes, Gr3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Gr3 Carlyon Cup & Gr3 Boronia Stakes.
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|2019||I Am Immortal||Shotmaker||Hawker Hurricane||1:04.4|
|2018||Written By||Plague Stone||Native Soldier||1:04.9|
|2017||Property||Pariah||Wait For No-One||1:03.8|
|2016||Flying Artie||Star Turn||China Dream||1:03.0|
|2015||Of The Brave||Pride Of Dubai||Sampeah||1:03.6|
|2010||Beneteau||General Truce||The Greatandthegood||1:02.5|
|2009||Real Saga||Reward For Effort||Starspangledbanner||1:03.7|
|2008||Wilander||Exceedingly Good||Minnesota Shark||1:03.9|
|2007||Shrewd Rhythm||Zizou||Victory Chant||1:03.4|
|2006||Due Sasso||Wonderful World||Swinging Bachelor||1:03.4|
|2005||Perfectly Ready||The Rhine||Bradbury's Luck||1:03.9|
|2003||Hammerbeam||Murphy's Blu Boy||Scaredee Cat||1:03.7|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Cool Trent||Step Ahead||1:05.2|
|2000||Happy Giggle||Lord Dane||Sparks||1:04.6|
|1999||Charm Scene Land||Real Jester||Cullen||1:04.8|
|1996||Winger Charger||Polish Native||Red Rascal||1:06.8|
|1994||Danzero||Western Beat||Cannibal King||1:03.6|
|1993||Alacqua||St Rory||Pride Of Rancho||1:05.3|
|1992||Yachtie||Just Juan||Landsdowne Road||1:04.0|
|1991||Chief Headhunter||Group Decision||Noble Lancer||1:03.7|
|1990||Unspoken Word||Trustful||Satellite Bay||1:03.7|
|1989||Ark Regal||Mabrook||High Waters||1:04.7|
|1988||Nanutarra||King's High||My Bright Boy||1:04.8|