Last autumn the Lindsay Park stable prepared Catchy for success and 12 months on the David Hayes-led team are back with a trio of fillies in Saturday’s Group 2 $200,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (F) field.
The 1100m sprint is an early feature on the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes Day card at Caulfield Racecourse, the field of 13 two-year-old fillies to do battle at 1:05pm (AEDT).
Eyeing a run in the Group 1 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 24, a Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival classic Catchy backed-up and won last year, the best fancied of the Lindsay Park contingent is Downloads.
Drawn in barrier seven with Kerrin McEvoy to ride, the daughter of Fastnet Rock debuted on January 27 at the track in the Group 3 $150,000 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) running fourth.
Under a length beaten there, Downloads is a chance to improve and finish in the money on Saturday as an $8 chance in the Prelude markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
She is joined in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude field by stablemates Angel and Enbihaar who both won on debut last start.
Angel gets things her way from barrier three with Mark Zahra retaining the ride after guiding her to a one and three-quarter length win at Geelong on January 4.
Stephen Baster rides Magnus filly Enbihaar whose lead-up on January 20 was in Adelaide where she saluted in a two-years-old 1000m sprint by a half-length.
Favourite in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (F) betting markets at a firming quote of $3.20 is the Tony McEvoy-trained maiden Oohood.
A $10 chance in the all-in markets for the Group 1 in a fortnight, the I Am Invincible filly has had two runs for two placings and is tipped to finally break through with a win of her own this weekend.
Her debut at Sandown in November saw her narrowly beaten by Long Leaf in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) before her first-up third to Lady Horseowner in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude last month.
Drawn wide in barrier 11 but still considered a winning chance by the bookies is $15 Blue Diamond Stakes chance Pure Elation ($7.50) for Peter & Paul Snowden.
Michael Walker partners the grey daughter of I Am Invincible again after his fifth aboard her on debut in the Blue Diamond Preview.
Pure Elation has work to do from her gate on Saturday, but her co-trainer Peter Snowden is a three-time Blue Diamond Stakes winner so the stable deserves respect.
There is early money for the best-tried filly in the field, the Tim Hughes-trained daughter of Helmet Crossing The Abbey having her fourth run on Saturday.
Rated a $7 chance to post her second career win, Crossing The Abbey won over 1000m at Flemington on New Year’s Day and comes off a second in the Preview when narrowly beaten to the line.
Other top fillies in the mix include McEvoy’s last start Sale winner Al Naifa ($8) who Craig Williams rides from the outside barrier (13) and the James Cummings-trained daughter of Lonhro La Parva ($13) who is drawn better in gate two.
2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (F) Final Acceptances: Crossing The Abbey (9), Oohood (6), Enbihaar (5), Al Naifa (13), Angel (3), La Parva (2), Seabrook (4), Downloads (7), Pure Elation (11), Lake District Girl (10), Diamond Reflection (8), Persuader (1), Sundarbans (12).