Connections will have to pay a $55,000 late entry fee if they want their two year old Property to run in the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25.
Property has been included on the third line of betting at $13 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Blue Diamond Stakes after scoring an impressive win in the Listed $150,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) (1000m) at Caulfield on Thursday.
The Robert Smerdon trained Property ($4.60) settled just behind the speed for jockey Craig Williams and once in the clear in the straight stormed away to record a one and three quarter lengths win over Azazel ($5.50).
The $3 favourite, Wait For No One, faded in the run to the line to finished in sixth position after setting the pace.
Property’s future was set to be played out in Hong Kong with owners David Price and Jenny Chapman keen for an overseas sale, with Smerdon all but saying that the Starcraft gelding is unlikely to start in the rich Blue Diamond Stakes for the two year olds.
“Even if he measures up, we won’t be going to the Diamond with him,” Smerdon said prior to the race.
Smerdon was in New Zealand for the Karaka Yearling Sales and wasn’t on hand at Caulfield to witness the race in live.
Property was having his second race start in the Blue Diamond Preview after running second on debut to the ruling Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Catchy in an 1100m two year old Plate at Caulfield on January 7.
The Lindsay Park trained Catchy sits at the top of the market order at $8 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Blue Diamond Stakes just ahead of the Fillies Blue Diamond Preview winner Limestone ($9) who also has to have a late entry fee paid if connections want her to run in the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Early market order for the Blue Diamond Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $8 Catchy, $9 Limestone, $13 Jukebox, Pariah, Property, $15 Azazel, Chateau Griffo, Jorda, $17 Formality, Menari, Tulip, Aspect, Roomooz, $26 Overshare, Eden Roc, Eshtiraak, Sheer Madness, Spoils, Veranillo, $34 or better the rest.