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 prizemoney. The 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes was won by Catchy from Pariah with Formality third.
|Date:||Saturday 25th February 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
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 Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G and Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies, both held at Caulfield a couple of weeks earlier, are the traditional lead up races to this classic event. Both 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 Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, held at Rosehill during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
Catchy (2017) took out the Gr3 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude over 1100m at this same track before proving too good for her rivals in this event and recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners include Extreme Choice (2016) and Pride Of Dubai (2015).
1. $4.80 Catchy 54.5 Craig Williams
2. $4.00 Pariah 56.5 Blake Shinn
3. $9.00 Formality 54.5 Ryan Moore
4. $7.00 Tulip 54.5 Damien Oliver
5. $5.00 Property 56.5 Joao Moreira
6. $31.00 Muraahib 56.5 Steven Arnold
7. $61.00 Wait For No One 56.5 Regan Bayliss
8. $17.00 Roomooz 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
9. $101.00 Aspect 56.5 Luke Currie
10. $71.00 Cao Cao 56.5 Mark Zahra
11. $26.00 Taking Aim 56.5 Craig Newitt
12. $201.00 Sheer Madness 56.5 Stephen Baster
13. $61.00 Will's Bid 56.5 Damian Lane
14. $71.00 Blondie 54.5 Chris Symons
Margins: 0.4 len, 1.75 len
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|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|