Blue Diamond Stakes
Winners and Past Results for the Blue Diamond Stakes
The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club is Victoria 's richest race for two year old horses run under set weight conditions.
The 1200 meter race is held at the Caulfield Racecourse under set weight conditions where fillies carry 53 kgs and colts and gelding 55 ½ kgs.
The event is an open race held at the end of February during the autumn racing carnival. Paul Snowden-trained Sepoy, the 2011 champion, carried his form from the Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings a fortnight earlier and made his connections richer by $1,000,000, the prize money for the winner.
Later, the quality colt also claimed the two million dollar 2011 Golden Slipper Stakes over a distance of 1200 meters, finishing well clear by two lengths from Mohseen. By the end of the Slipper, Sepoy already amassed $2.85 million with five wins from just six starts. Hurricane Sky, the 1994 winners, holds the fastest timing of 1 minute and 8.1 seconds. Several group races are held on the day which includes the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.
Since its inception in 1971, several of the finest sprinters have gone to achieve greater success after their tasting victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes. Tolerance was the first horse to win the event which was a principal race until 1980 when it was elevated to Group 1 after attracting the finest crop of sprinters aiming for the million dollar prize on what is the biggest day during the autumn racing carnival in at Caulfield. Among the most notable horses to win the Blue Diamond Stakes is Manikato, a champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse, in 1978. Manikato went on to win several other stake races in the same year, which included the Invitation Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, and Golden Slipper Stakes. Other classy sprinters to win Victoria 's richest trophy for two year olds include Blazing Saddles in 1977, Zeditave in 1988, Danelagh in 1998, Alinghi in 2004, and Star Witness in 2010.
Top horses to win a Blue Diamond Prelude / Stakes double include Alinghi, Love a Show, Bounding Away, Courtza, Lady Jakeo, an d Psychologist, among the fillies. Colts that won the double include Rancher in 1982, Let's Get Physical in 1985, Bel Esprit in 2002, and Sepoy in 2011.
Jockey Dwane Dunn was lucky to lift the Blue Diamond Stakes on four occasions while trainer David Hayes saddled five winners. The Blue Diamond Stakes is also a form guide for the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
2013 Blue Diamond Stakes
Metastasio led the way early, with Kona Breeze and The Bowler close behind, while the little filly Miracles Of Life was back on the fence in sixth place. Metastasio was still in front as they rounded the turn but the big improver was Miracles Of Life, who had worked off the rails and was travelling beautifully. At the 200 metres mark, Miracles Of Life surged past a tiring Metastasio and left the rest of the field to it, showing power that belied her size to steam past the post nearly two lengths clear of Fast 'N' Rocking, who just shaded Godiva Rock, who finished the race strongly to claim third place.
2013 Blue Diamond Stakes result
1. Miracles Of Life
2. Fast 'N' Rocking
3. Godiva Rock
5. Shamus Award
10. Quest for Breeze
11. Kona Breeze
12. I Am Titanium
13. The Bowler
14. Crack A Roadie
||Blue Diamond Stakes Winners
||Miracles Of Life
||Reward For Effort
||Road To Success
||Let's Get Physical
||Love A Show
||Out Of Danger