A full allotment of 16 two-year-olds have been named in the field for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
As expected, connections of Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life paid the $55,000 late entry fee to gain her place in the glamour race where she will start as one of the top fancies.
The Daniel Clarken-trained youngster has been one of the star juveniles to emerge in the lead-up to the Blue Diamond, having been a dominant force in the first three starts of her career.
She debuted at her home track of Morphetville on December 22 with a 5 1/2 length win before confirming her ability two weeks later with a nine-length demolition of her rivals.
Clarken then took the filly east to test her Blue Diamond credentials and she passed with flying colours when winning the Listed Blue Diamond Fillies’ Preview by 4 1/2 lengths at Caulfield on January 26.
Adelaide jockey Lauren Stojakovic has ridden Miracles Of Life in all three of her starts to date and connections have elected to stick with the emerging rider.
The Darley operation have a strong presence in the Blue Diamond field, with trainer Peter Snowden accepting with three of his charges.
The team is headed by Blue Diamond Fillies’ Prelude winner Guelph and unbeaten Chairman’s Stakes victor Metastasio.
Spruik colt Crack A Roadie has overcome a minor scare that saw him ruled out of the Inglis Premier last week and will run first-up in the Blue Diamond.
Trainer Stephen Theodore was happy to talk up the son of Charge Forward prior to his debut in the $255,000 Inglis Banner Stakes in October and he duly delivered with a stunning finish to win from the back of the field.
He backed that performance up in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate to finish runner-up by a short head.
Leading Victorian trainer Peter Moody has four runners while Mark Kavanagh has elected to back up Saturday’s Talindert Stakes winner Casquets.