The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds that takes place in February each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run under set weight conditions over a distance of 1200 metres and is worth $1,500,000 in prize money. The 2019 Blue Diamond Stakes was won by Lyre from Lankan Star with Free Of Debt third.
Blue Diamond Stakes day is the Melbourne Racing Club's premier race day of the autumn, highlighted by the running of the Blue Diamond Stakes, along with the Group 1 Futurity Stakes & Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2020 Blue Diamond Stakes odds|
The Blue Diamond Stakes is the premier two-year-old sprint event of the autumn carnival in Melbourne and the race itself has produced many a fine horse over the years. Top class gallopers such as Sepoy (2011), Alinghi (2004), Bel Esprit (2002), Redoutes Choice (1999) Courtza (1989) and Zeditave (1988) have all won this race since its inception.
First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond Stakes is now a $1,000,000 race for the state's best two-year-olds and Blue Diamond Day has grown to become the biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club at Caulfield.
The Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G and Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies, both held at Caulfield a couple of weeks earlier, are the traditional lead up races to this classic event. Lyre (2019), Catchy (2017) and Earthquake (2014) have taken out the Fillies Prelude and Blue Diamond Stakes double of late.
Brilliant two-year-old Sepoy (2011) was the most recent galloper to win the Blue Diamond Stakes and then go on to victory in Australia's richest two-year-old sprint, the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, held at Rosehill during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
Lyre (2019) took out the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude over 1100m at Caulfield before storming home in stylish fashion to win this event for the Anthony Freedman stable.
Recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners include Written By (2018) and Catchy (2017).
1. $7.50 Lyre 54.5 Luke Currie
2. $41.00 Lankan Star 54.5 Damien Oliver
3. $31.00 Free Of Debt 56.5 Michael Walker
4. $4.80 Athiri 54.5 Craig Williams
5. $14.00 Brooklyn Hustle 54.5 Beau Mertens
6. $4.80 Loving Gaby 54.5 Damian Lane
7. $9.50 I Am Immortal 56.5 Ben Melham
8. $10.00 Vinicunca 54.5 Stephen Baster
9. $18.00 Andrassy Avenue 54.5 Luke Nolen
10. $13.00 Catch Me 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $19.00 Shotmaker 56.5 Hugh Bowman
12. $21.00 Hawker Hurricane 56.5 Mark Zahra
13. $26.00 Bella Rosa 54.5 Ms Linda Meech
14. $101.00 Game Keeper 56.5 Damien Thornton
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.4 len
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|2019||Lyre||Lankan Star||Free Of Debt||1:09.3|
|2016||Extreme Choice||Flying Artie||Zamzam||1:08.9|
|2015||Pride Of Dubai||Reemah||Lake Geneva||1:10.5|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Fast 'N' Rocking||Godiva Rock||1:09.7|
|2012||Samaready||No Looking Back||Armed For Action||1:10.4|
|2009||Reward For Effort||Real Saga||Maka Ena||1:09.8|
|2007||Sleek Chassis||Zizou||Shrewd Rhythm||1:09.8|
|2006||Nadeem||Miss Finland||Wonderful World||1:12.0|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Brief Embrace||Pillaging||1:09.2|
|2001||True Jewels||La Lagune||Spectatorial||1:09.0|
|2000||Road To Success||Ponton Flyer||Mannington||1:09.8|
|1999||Redoutes Choice||Testa Rossa||Dangerous||1:08.7|
|1997||Knowledge||Rose Of Danehill||Sports||1:10.2|
|1995||Principality||Flying Spur||Tuscany Flyer||1:09.4|
|1994||Hurricane Sky||Mr Vitality||Renarchi||1:08.1|
|1993||Lady Jakeo||Keltrice||Justice Prevails||1:11.1|
|1989||Courtza||Sculptured Arch||Dancers Choice||1:10.3|