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 2018 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G was won by Written By from Plague Stone with Native Soldier 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 10th February 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo C&G - Set Weights|
|2018 Winner:||Written By|
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.
Written By (2018) took out a 2YO SWP race over 1000m at Sandown Hillside before his impressive win in this event and recent Blue Diamond Prelude C&G winners include Property (2017) and Flying Artie (2016).
1. $6.00 Written By 55.5 Jordan Childs
2. $4.80 Plague Stone 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $9.50 Native Soldier 55.5 Mark Zahra
4. $15.00 Seberate 55.5 Damien Oliver
5. $12.00 Run Naan 55.5 Andrew Mallyon
6. $101.00 Titan Blinders 55.5 Stephen Baster
7. $5.50 High Ratio 55.5 Michael Dee
8. $81.00 The Running Man 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
9. $101.00 Halvorsen 55.5 Jye McNeil
10. $6.50 Ollivander 55.5 Chris Symons
11. $17.00 Ben Hercules 55.5 Craig Williams
12. $51.00 Hinchrider 55.5 Regan Bayliss
13. $15.00 Bionics 55.5 Damian Lane
Margins: 0.5 len, 1.5 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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|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|