The Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies is a Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies that takes place in 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 Fillies was won by Lyre from Vinicunca with Athiri third.
The fillies Prelude takes place 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. Upgraded to Group 2 status for the 2014/2015 racing season, the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) is the female eqivalent of the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) for colts & geldings.
|Date:||Saturday 9th February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies is an 1100 race for two-year-old fillies only that serves as the ideal lead-up race for those fillies who might be good enough to tackle the males in the upcoming Blue Diamond Stakes at the same track in a fortnight. Lyre (2019), Catchy (2017), Earthquake (2014) and Alinghi (2004) are the most recent fillies to capture the Blue Diamond Stakes after winning this race.
Outstanding fillies Guelph (2013), Samaready (2012), Rostova (2009), Alinghi (2004), Halibery (2003) and Courtza (1999) have all won this event and the level weights playing field provides a clear advantage to the better fillies engaged.
Lyre (2019) took out a 2YF Maiden race over 1105m at Sale before finishing strongly to win this event in classy style for the Anthony Freedman yard.
Recent Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies winners include Enbihaar (2018) and Catchy (2017).
1. $26.00 Lyre 55.5 Damian Lane
2. $20.00 Vinicunca 55.5 Stephen Baster
3. $5.00 Athiri 55.5 James McDonald
4. $15.00 Lankan Star 55.5 Damien Oliver
5. $4.20 Brooklyn Hustle 55.5 Ben Melham
6. $51.00 Pelican 55.5 Luke Nolen
7. $41.00 Movie Role 55.5 Craig Williams
8. $91.00 Presently 55.5 Ben Allen
9. $81.00 Miss Elena 55.5 Jye McNeil
10. $2.10 Catch Me 55.5 Mark Zahra
11. $101.00 Beach Club 55.5 Jordan Childs
12. $51.00 Sensitivity 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
Margin: 0.4 len, 0.3 len
CF Orr Stakes Day hosts a number of group races along side 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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