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Blue Diamond Prelude C&G

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, Victoria. This race is run under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1100 metres and is worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G was won by Hanseatic from Rulership with Rathlin third.

The colts & geldings Prelude is held on Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes day, the second biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club, after Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day, and is the male eqivalent of the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) for fillies.

Blue Diamond Prelude C&G info

Date: Saturday 6th February 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: 2yo C&G - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Hanseatic

The Blue Diamond Prelude C&G is an 1100 race for two-year-old colts & geldings during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. It serves as the ideal lead up race to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes which takes place two weeks later at the same track.

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 level weights playing field advantages the better two-year-old gallopers engaged, as evidenced by the winner's honour role.

The Colts & Geldings Prelude is held on the same day as the female version of the race, which is the Blue Diamond Prelude - Fillies.

Classy sprinter Sepoy (2011) is the last galloper to win the Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude and Blue Diamond Stakes double. Sepoy travelled to Sydney later that autumn to capture the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, completing the Blue Diamond & Golden Slipper double in the process.

Hanseatic (2020) took out the Listed Blue Diamond Preview for colts & geldings over 1000m at Caulfield before producing an outstanding finish to win this event for the Anthony Freedman stable.

Recent Blue Diamond Prelude C&G winners include I Am Immortal (2019) and Written By (2018).

2020 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G result

1. $2.30 Hanseatic 55.5 Luke Currie
2. $2.90 Rulership 55.5 Mark Zahra
3. $17.00 Rathlin 55.5 Ben Melham

then followed
4. $12.00 Tagaloa 55.5 Michael Walker
5. $81.00 Glenfiddich 55.5 Brett Prebble
6. $31.00 Tanker 55.5 John Allen
7. $14.00 Winsum 55.5 Craig Williams
8. $21.00 Valaquenta 55.5 Damian Lane
9. $31.00 Jabali Ridge 55.5 Jye McNeil
10. $21.00 Hard Landing 55.5 Luke Nolen
11. $101.00 Spirit Of Giving 55.5 Ben Thompson
12. $151.00 Southern 55.5 Lachlan King

Margins: 0.3 len, 0.5 len
Time: 1:03.08

A number of group races take place on CF Orr Stakes day alongside the Blue Diamond Preludes, including the Group 2 Autumn Stakes, Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Group 3 Carlyon Cup & Group 3 Boronia Stakes.

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Blue Diamond Prelude (C) winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Hanseatic Rulership Rathlin 1:03.0
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
2014 Rubick Jabali Chivalry 1:03.7
2013 Kuroshio The Bowler Dissident 1:04.0
2012 General Rippa Rusambo Ferment 1:04.1
2011 Sepoy Running Tall Huegill 1:03.0
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
2004 Way West Oratorio Sanziro 1:03.4
2003 Hammerbeam Murphy's Blu Boy Scaredee Cat 1:03.7
2002 Bel Esprit Cool Trent Step Ahead 1:05.2
2001 Lonhro Niewand Tosamba 1:03.3
2000 Happy Giggle Lord Dane Sparks 1:04.6
1999 Charm Scene Land Real Jester Cullen 1:04.8
1998 Prowl Shovhog Special Edition 1:03.9
1997 Millward Evader Sports 1:05.6
1996 Winger Charger Polish Native Red Rascal 1:06.8
1995 Flying Spur Shaded Backgammon 1:05.3
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