Australia's Blue Diamond Stakes Preview for 1/14/2014

January 14th, 2014

by Grant Davies

Australian racing is predominately known around the world for its ability to produce the finest sprinters on the planet, and a lot of this begins in the ranks of the 2YR old racing where the riches put on offer for the youngsters is unparalleled anywhere else in the racing world.

Victorian richest race for 2YR olds is the Blue Diamond, a $1,000,000 (AUS) sprint race over 1200m that will be the beginning for a select few who are on the way to the richest 2YR old race in the world, The $2,000,000 (AUS) Golden Slipper.

It all starts at Caulfield Racetrack on the 25th of January this year when we get to see the first real serious hit out for the big race in the Blue Diamond Previews over 1000m. This is where the best of the best, and some longshot hopefuls will step out and try and stake their claim for a spot in the coveted field of 16 vying for the title of Victoria’s premier 2YR old. The runners will most likely then step out again 3 weeks later on the 8th of February in the Blue Diamond Preludes over 1100m at Caulfield Racetrack before a final rest up and a date with destiny on the 22nd of February 2 weeks later for the big one itself over 1200m, the Blue Diamond Stakes itself.

For now though, we are still 2 weeks away from the first real ‘Guide’ race so let’s take a quick look at the current market that has been framed for the race. This market itself is still realy extremely speculative as we are just not sure yet where everyone really is in their first prep and most importantly how they are going to stand up to the rigors of the next 7 weeks.

I personally think at this very moment as I write I will wait until the previews to make some educated decisions on whom I might follow forward.

Peter Snowden’s super impressive filly Earthquake is favourite at $5, with boom colt and fellow Sydneysider Rubick next at $9 following his impressive trail earlier this week.

“Jockey Christian Reith declared Earthquake to be the next Guelph after she smashed the class record in her debut win at Randwick over Spring and I know the stable have a very high opinion of her.

“I’m sure the punters will come for Gerald Ryan’s Rubick after he won his barrier trial by over seven lengths, but with so many unknowns I expect the market to change significantly as more form is exposed.”

Top Dolly from the Tom Hughes yard and Golconda from the Robbie Laing stable are best of the Victorians at $11 and $13 respectively.

Earthquake $5.00 Rubick $9.00 Top Dolly $11.00 Golconda $13.00 Fighting Sun $15.00 Jabali $15.00 Chivalry $17.00 Ghibellines $17.00 Boomwaa $21.00 Eloping $21.00 Nayeli $21.00 I Am The General $26.00 Liberation $26.00 Mohave $26.00 Singularity $26.00 Fontein Ruby $34.00 Moonlight Hussler $34.00 O'Reilly x Volkrose $34.00 Piacenza $34.00 Statton $34.00 Wilderness $34.00