Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies)

  • Date: February 11, 2017
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 2yo Fillies, Set Weight
  • Prize Money: $200,000

2016 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) News

Catchy needs luck from wide barrier in Blue Diamond Stakes

Catchy needs luck from wide barrier in Blue Diamond Stakes

Jockey Craig Williams admits that his mount Catchy needs more than her fair share of good luck to overcome a wide barrier in the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Catchy, above, needs plenty of luck from barrier 13 in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by …

The 2017 Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies is a Group 2 contest held annually at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. The event is run every February alongside an identical race for colts and geldings.

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It is a two-year-olds only race and is the lead up to one of the most anticipated events of the Melbourne Autumn carnival. The Group 1 Blue Diamond stakes is Melbourne’s premiere two-year-old contest making the Blue Diamond Prelude a highly important event.

The runners are pushed across a 1100m trek in the pursuit of not only the $125,000 prize but also momentum leading into the Group 1 later in the carnival.

They race with set weight meaning this is a true test to find the best two year old the country has to offer.

As juveniles the girls can sometimes have a pretty tough time of it coming out of this race and then lining up against the boys.

It’s not impossible though as Alinghi  showed back in 2005 when she won the fillies Blue Diamond Prelude and then went on to win the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Horses coming into this race are likely to have also run in race one of the series, the Blue Diamond Preview.

It’s an identical assignment for fillies accept over 100m less.

There have been a string of good horses to come through the Blue Diamond Prelude with this race increasing stud value drastically.

Rose Of Danehill won this race in 1997 with Brief Embrace the winner in 2002.

Alinghi was one of the best ever with her 2004 win and Psychologist set a blistering pace with her 2010 triumph.

2017 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 311 LIMESTONE Darren Weir Damian Lane 3 55.5kg 75
2 41x ARCTIC ANGEL Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 4 55.5kg 72
3 11 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 7 55.5kg 71
4 1 ROOMOOZ Tony McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 1 55.5kg 66
5 1 BLONDIE Brendan McCarthy Damien Oliver 6 55.5kg 66
6 3×2 ZARPOYA Robbie Griffiths Ben E Thompson (a) 2 55.5kg 64
7 3 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 5 55.5kg 63
8 8 CHERIEF’S CHOICE Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 9 55.5kg 61
9 FABRICATION Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 8 55.5kg

2017 Blue Diamond Prelude Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 41x ARCTIC ANGEL F 2 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 72
2 BELLA MARTINI F 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
3 1 BLONDIE F 2 Brendan McCarthy 66
4 11 CATCHY F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 71
5 8 CHERIEF’S CHOICE F 2 Robbie Griffiths 61
6 FABRICATION F 2 Robbie Griffiths
7 1x JORDA F 2 John O’Shea 72
8 311 LIMESTONE F 2 Darren Weir 75
9 MISS ADMIRATION F 2 Mick Price
10 MISS GAI F 2 Mick Price
11 MISS NITRO F 2 Kane Harris
12 3 PANDEMONIUM F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 63
13 1 ROOMOOZ F 2 Tony McEvoy 66
14 1 SOMETHING VIOLET F 2 Robbie Griffiths 66
15 12 TULIP F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 72
16 3×2 ZARPOYA F 2 Robbie Griffiths 64

Blue Diamond Prelude (F)  Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Catchy 2 Limestone 3 Artic Angel 1:03.6
2016 1 Samara Dancer 2 Concealer 3 Miss Nymeria 1:03.1
2015 1 Fontition 2 Miss Gidget 3 Flamboyant Lass 1:02.8
2014 1 Earthquake 2 Eloping 3 Lumosty 1:03.7
2013 1 Guelph 2 Montsegur 3 Godiva Rock 1:03.8
2012 1 Samaready 2 Formidable 3 Sweetener 1:03.3
2011 1 One Last Dance 2 Glissade 3 Hallowell Belle 1:03.6
2010 1 Psychologist 2 She’s Got Gears 3 Jalsah 1:02.6
2009 1 Rostova 2 Corsaire 3 Rose Darmore 1.04:5
2008 1 Believe’n’succeed 2 Sugar Babe 3 Burgeis 1:03.7
2007 1 Camarilla 2 Belcentra 3 Behind 1:03.7
2006 1 Nediym’s Glow 2 Satin Robes 3 Anhinga 1:03.4
2005 1 Doubting 2 Amarazetti 3 Street Smart 1:04.2
2004 1 Alinghi 2 Find The Cash 3 Marie Madelaine 1:03.6
2003 1 Halibery 2 Rinky Dink 3 Gaelic Princess 1:03.2
2002 1 Brief Embrace 2 Coupe 3 Romantic Flyer 1:05.2
2001 1 Faiza 2 Titanic Rose 3 Magic Heaven 1:03.2
2000 1 Mannington 2 Operettas 3 Ponton Flyer 1:04.9