- Date: February 11, 2017
- Racecourse: Caulfield
- Race Distance: 1100m
- Conditions: 2yo Fillies, Set Weight
- Prize Money: $200,000
2016 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) News
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.
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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.
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||–|
|4||11||CATCHY||F||2||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||71|
|5||8||CHERIEF’S CHOICE||F||2||Robbie Griffiths||61|
|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|
|14||1||SOMETHING VIOLET||F||2||Robbie Griffiths||66|
|15||12||TULIP||F||2||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||72|
Blue Diamond Prelude (F) Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) since 2000 with winning times.
|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|