Blue Diamond Stakes

  • Date: Saturday February 27, 2016
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1,200m
  • Conditions: 2yo Set Weights
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes News

Hardham the pick of Price’s 2 in H.D.F. McNeil Stakes

Hardham the pick of Price’s 2 in H.D.F. McNeil Stakes

Caulfield track man Rob Nicholson has selected Hardham as the pick of trainer Mick Price’s two entries for the Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Damien Oliver, above, rode Hardham in an early morning gallop at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Hardham worked with McNeil Stakes entrant and stablemate …

The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 sprint race held at Caulfield Racecourse each year.

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The race is restricted to two year old colts, fillies and geldings and is the richest two year old race in Victoria. First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond Stakes is worth over $1.5 million in prize money and is run over a distance of 1200 metres.

The most prestigious race for two year olds in Victoria, the Blue Diamond Stakes is held as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. The race is run under set weight conditions and was first allocated Group 1 status in 1980 after constantly attracting quality fields.

Colts and geldings in the Blue Diamond stakes are required to carry 55.5 kilograms while fillies carry 53 kilograms.

Over the years many two year old who have won the Blue Diamond Stakes have gone on to become some of Australia’s most well-known champion race horses and stud stallions, including Redoute’s Choice (1999) and Star Witness (2010). Other notable winners include Bel Esprit in 2002, Alinghi in 2004 and Reward for Effort in 2009. Hurricane Sky holds the record for fastest time for his win in 1994 with a time of 1 minute and 8.1 seconds.

In 2008, jockey Dwayne Dunn made history by winning his fourth consecutive Blue Diamond Stakes on four different horses, including Undoubtedly (2005), Nadeem (2006), Sleek Chassis (2007) and Reaan (2008).

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Field

The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 2×1 FLYING ARTIE C 2 Mick Price 1 56.5kg 78
2 1×1 SAMARA DANCER (NZ) F 2 Phillip Stokes 2 54.5kg 78
3 11 EXTREME CHOICE C 2 Mick Price 3 56.5kg 77
4 325×1 VALLIANO G 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 56.5kg 73
5 31×2 STAR TURN C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56.5kg 73
6 1×2 CONCEALER F 2 Tony McEvoy 6 54.5kg 73
7 1×46 POWER TRIP G 2 John McArdle 7 56.5kg 72
8 10×6 SWEET SHERRY F 2 Brent Stanley 8 54.5kg 72
9 110 HELL OF AN EFFORT C 2 Peter G Moody 9 56.5kg 68
10 9×1202 HIGHLAND BEAT C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 10 56.5kg 66
11 124 HEY DOC C 2 Tony McEvoy 11 56.5kg 67
12 19 ZAMZAM F 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 12 54.5kg 67
13 26×0 KINETIC DESIGN F 2 Stuart Webb 13 54.5kg 66
14 33 CHINA DREAM C 2 Mick Price 14 56.5kg 70
15 63 MISS NYMERIA F 2 Robbie Griffiths 15 54.5kg 70
16 1 ARETI F 2 Robbie Griffiths 16 54.5kg 65
17 44 SELENIA F 2 Robbie Griffiths 17 54.5kg 65
18 1 SEABURGE C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 18 56.5kg 63
19 4 REVOLVING DOOR C 2 Clinton McDonald 19 56.5kg 63

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations are provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 2×1 FLYING ARTIE C 2 Mick Price 1 56.5kg 78
2 1×1 SAMARA DANCER (NZ) F 2 Phillip Stokes 2 54.5kg 78
3 11 EXTREME CHOICE C 2 Mick Price 3 56.5kg 77
4 325×1 VALLIANO G 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 56.5kg 73
5 31×2 STAR TURN C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56.5kg 73
6 1×2 CONCEALER F 2 Tony McEvoy 6 54.5kg 73
7 1×46 POWER TRIP G 2 John McArdle 7 56.5kg 72
8 10×6 SWEET SHERRY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme F 2 Brent Stanley 8 54.5kg 72
9 110 HELL OF AN EFFORT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme C 2 Peter G Moody 9 56.5kg 68
10 9×1202 HIGHLAND BEAT C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 10 56.5kg 66
11 124 HEY DOC Super Vobis Bonus Scheme C 2 Tony McEvoy 11 56.5kg 67
12 19 ZAMZAM F 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 12 54.5kg 67
13 26×0 KINETIC DESIGN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme F 2 Stuart Webb 13 54.5kg 66
14 33 CHINA DREAM C 2 Mick Price 14 56.5kg 70
15 63 MISS NYMERIA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme F 2 Robbie Griffiths 15 54.5kg 70
16 1 ARETI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme F 2 Robbie Griffiths 16 54.5kg 65
17 44 SELENIA F 2 Robbie Griffiths 17 54.5kg 65
18 1 SEABURGE C 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 18 56.5kg 63
19 4 REVOLVING DOOR C 2 Clinton McDonald 19 56.5kg 63

Blue Diamond Winners & Results

Winners and results for the Blue Diamond Stakes since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Extreme Choice 2 Flying Artie 3 Zamzam 1:08.9
2015 1 Pride Of Dubai 2 Reemah 3 Lake Geneva 1:10.5
2014 1 Earthquake 2 Jabali 3 Cornrow 1:09.9
2013 1 Miracles Of Life 2 Fast ‘N’ Rocking 3 Godiva Rock 1:09.8
2012 1 Samaready 2 No Looking Back 3 Armed for Action 1:10.4
2011 1 Sepoy 2 Hallowell Belle 3 Masthead 1:08.6
2010 1 Star Witness 2 Shaaheq 3 Beneteau 1:10.4
2009 1 Reward For Effort 2 Real Saga 3 Maka Ena 1:09.8
2008 1 Reaan 2 All American 3 Burgeis 1:11.4
2007 1 Sleek Chassis 2 Zizou 3 Shrewd Rhythm 1:09.8
2006 1 Nadeem 2 Miss Finland 3 Wonderful World 1:12.0
2005 1 Undoubtedly 2 Seidnazar 3 Perfectly Ready 1:08.9
2004 1 Alinghi 2 Wager 3 World Peace 1:09.8
2003* 1 Kusi 2 Halibery 3 Divine Secret 1:11.0
2002 1 Bel Esprit 2 Brief Embrace 3 Pillaging 1:09.2
2001 1 True Jewels 2 La Lagune 3 Spectatorial 1:09.0
2000 1 Road To Success 2 Ponton Flyer 3 Mannington 1:09.8

* The 2003 running of the Blue Diamonds Stakes saw Roedean cross the line in first place but was disqualified after returning a positive swab. The win awarded to Kusi.