The Blue Diamond Preview Fillies is a Group 3 race for two-year-old fillies held in late January each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1000 metres and is worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Blue Diamond Preview Fillies was won by Limestone from Tulip with Chateau Griffo third.
Previously a listed race, the Blue Diamond Preview Fillies was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2014/2015 racing season and is held on the same day as the Gr3 Manfred Stakes for three-year-olds. The Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) for colts & geldings is the male equivalent of this event and takes place at the same meeting.
|Date:||Saturday 27th January 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Blue Diamond Preview Fillies is an 1000 race for two-year-old fillies only that provides the perfect lead-up to the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) the following month at the same track. Both races are used as lead-up races to the $1,000,000 Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes in late February at Caulfield. Fontiton (2015) went on to win the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) after taking out this race.
Some classy fillies have won this event in recent years including Eloping (2014), Miracles Of Life (2013), Crystal Lily (2010) and Rostova (2009), and the set weights & penalties race conditions gives the better class fillies a decided advantage.
More often than not the winner of this race will head on to the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) or Blue Diamond Stakes and Miracles Of Life (2012) claimed the the Blue Diamond Preview Fillies & Blue Diamond Stakes double while One Last Dance (2011) took out the Blue Diamond Preview Fillies & Blue Diamond Prelude fillies double.
Quality fillies may head to Sydney in April for the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes and Crystal Lily (2010) was the last filly to win the Blue Diamond Preview Fillies & Golden Slipper Stakes.
Fillies looking for further distance might head to the Gr2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes at Flemington in March and Rostova (2009) claimed the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) & Gr2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes double following her easy victory in this event.
Limestone (2017) scored an strong victory in a 2YO race over 1000m at Flemington before proving too strong in this event and recent Blue Diamond Preview Fillies winners include Sword Of Light (2016) and Fontiton (2015).
1. $2.70 Limestone 55kg Damian Lane
2. $2.80 Tulip 55kg Craig Williams
3. $101 Chateau Griffo 55kg Ryan Maloney
4. $8.00 Spoils 55kg Damien Oliver
5. $18.00 Squaw Peak 55kg Dwayne Dunn
6. $9.50 Miss Wahoo 55kg Kerrin McEvoy
7. $41.00 Unwise 55kg Ben Melham
8. $61.00 Cherief’S Choice 55kg Jye McNeil
9. $19.00 Straviera 55kg Regan Bayliss
10. $61.00 No Alibi 55kg Craig Newitt
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.5 len
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|2016||Sword Of Light||Emphatically||Dream First||0:57.5|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Diamond Glow||Swing Vote||0:57:3|
|2011||One Last Dance||Anevay||Graskop||0:57:8|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Shaaheq||Warm Love||0:56:8|
|2009||Rostova||Irish Lights||Baby Corn||0:57:3|