Blue Diamond Stakes

Blue Diamond Stakes

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When: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Location: Caulfield Racecourse – Victoria, Australia
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 1200m

The Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria’s biggest race for juveniles, with a purse of $1.5 million and Group 1 status.

The 1200m sprint at Caulfield is held every February, and it’s a target race for every trainer with a two-year-old talented enough to make the field.

Some of Australia’s finest have taken out the Blue Diamond, including the likes of Redoute’s Choice, Alinghi, Manikato, and in more recent times Sepoy, Pride Of Dubai and Extreme Choice.

It is considered a stallion-making race and is extremely popular with punters. Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets open months before the race so punters get a look at the early all-in markets and also the fixed-odds market when the field is released.

The Blue Diamond Stakes is the no.1 race for juveniles in Victoria, although The Showdown, also held at Caulfield racecourse, is worth $1,000,000 and attracts some talented types.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes betting odds

Markets for the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes are currently unavailable.

Best Blue Diamond Stakes Bookmakers

Online bookmakers are vigilant at getting early Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets out. Most of our recommended oddsmakers open Blue Diamond markets months in advance, which gives punters plenty of time to sort out their best bets.

The following bookmakers offer all-in and fixed-odds markets for both the win and place.

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2024 Blue Diamond Stakes field will update this page when the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes field is released.

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The Blue Diamond Stakes attracts the best two-year-olds each year, check out how the field for the 2023 edition looked like here.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    James Cummings
    Jamie Kah
    2 Silks
    Arkansaw Kid
    Ben & JD Hayes
    Jye McNeil
    3 Silks
    James Cummings
    Ben Melham
    4 Silks
    Little Brose
    Ben & JD Hayes
    Michael Dee
    5 Silks
    Brave Halo
    Sean & Jake Casey
    Damien Oliver
    6 Silks
    The Instructor
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Jordan Childs
    7 Silks
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Ethan Brown
    8 Silks
    Don Corleone
    Peter & Paul Snowden
    Mark Zahra
    9 Silks
    James Cummings
    Craig Williams
    10 Silks
    De Sonic Boom
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    Daniel Moor
    11 Silks
    Party For Two
    Damien Batters
    Nikita Beriman
    12 Silks
    Steel City
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Blake Shinn
    13 Silks
    Chris Bieg
    Dean Yendall
    14 Silks
    Cigar Flick
    Chris Waller
    Craig Newitt
    15 Silks
    Leon & Troy Corstens
    Damien Thornton
    16 Silks
    Extreme Threat
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Blaike McDougall
    17 Silks
    Sensical (1E)
    Peter Moody
    Daniel Stackhouse
    18 Silks
    Beauty Rising (2E)
    Phillip Stokes

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes result

1stLittle Brose ($9.50)
2ndDon Corleone ($3.30)
3rdArkansaw Kid ($13.00)

Recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners

  • Ben & JD Hayes have taken out the Hayes family’s 10th Blue Diamond Stakes with Little Brose taking out the Group 1 feature for the two-year-olds, defeating the fast finishing Don Corleone and stablemate Arkansaw Kid who filled the placings. With The Instructor and Zulfiqar taking up the lead, one of the race favourites, Steel City, settled in the box seat but didn’t see any daylight in the final 400m, leaving the race open for a swooper to run home down the outside, which is exactly what Little Brose and Michael Dee did. After putting the writing on the wall in the Colts & Geldings Blue Diamond Prelude two weeks ago, running second behind Barber, the Per Incanto colt showed that 1200m was no issue as he ran through the line as strong as he did in the Prelude. Little Brose went around as somewhat of an outsider, at $10 with online bookmakers, but he won as though he was a short-priced favourite by just under a length.
  • For a second year in a row Anthony & Sam Freedman trained the winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes when Daumier held out her more fancied market rivals. Daumier under Mark Zahra, launched down the centre of the track and despite the challenges coming from race favourites Revolutionary Miss and Jacquinot, Daumier packed plenty late and managed to get the bob in to defeat Revolutionary Miss in a photo finish.
  • All the talk leading into the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes was about the boom filly Enthaar. However, it was the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Artorius who flew home to clame victory in dominant fashion. Having won at 1300m the start prior the question leading into the race was whether the Flying Artie colt could handle a sharp 1200m. He handled it better than anyone could have imagined, when making up six lengths in the home straight to swamp the leader Enthaar and the remainder of the field. Artorius’ win was co-trainer Sam Freedman’s maiden Group 1 success, whilst it handed Anthony Freedman his second win in the race in three years.
  • On a day where it suited on pace runners, Michael Walker’s intentions were clear early on when he made sure Tagaloa was in the first four throughout the early going. Despite being trapped three wide with no cover, the Busuttin and Young trained colt found plenty to claim the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes off a tough run at big odds of $26. Despite looking vulnerable over the last 100m, Tagaloa found plenty to hold off the fast finishing race favourite Hanseatic in an exhilarating running of the Blue Diamond Stakes.
  • In one of the most open Blue Diamond Stakes it was the in form Godolphin runner Lyre that descended late to claim the prize. In a hotly contested race I Am Immortal made the early pace and led all the way through to the 200m mark when the swoopers came. Lyre came from the back of the field and made the most of the hot pace up front to streak away with the win.
  • In a stellar Blue Diamond field where there was quality everywhere you looked the punters loved the look of Written By on the day of the race and the late plunge paid off. After turning heads with a eye-catching win in the Diamond Prelude, Written By jumped well and settled just outside the speed. At the 300m Written By took the lead and streaked away, recording a powerful win under Jordan Childs.
  • Craig Williams had a pick of many Blue Diamond rides and he chose the right filly in 2017. Catchy was brilliant in winning the Blue Diamond after settling back throughout the run and storming home to defeat favourite Pariah in the concluding stages. The win extended Catchy’s winning streak to four with Lindsay Park Racing training three of the first four runners home.
  • Extreme Choice justified its favouritism tag by scored an easy win over stablemate Flying Artie. The Mick Price-trained colt looked the goods heading into the race and after sitting wide on the pace early, it took over with 300 metres to go and kicked away for a 1.8-length victory. It would later run as one of the favourites for the Golden Slipper, but after missing the kick its chances were extinguished. The Not A Single colt paid $2.75 in the betting and Craig Newitt was the winning rider.
  • Pride Of Dubai scored its biggest career win when downing a $101 outsider in the last few strides. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt settled midfield and received a checkered run in the straight, but it was able to balance up and sprint late to beat $101 chance Reemah on the line. The son of Street Cry would later run greenly in the Golden Slipper, costing itself the race, but it’s Blue Diamond win was a standout at odds of $6.
  • Peter Snowden trained the first of two consecutive winners with Earthquake in 2014. The Exceed And Excel filly was highly touted leading into the race and it didn’t let punters down. It won by 1.5 lengths after sitting just off the pace and kicking strongly to the line. The placings were filled by Jabali and Cornrow, which didn’t amount to anything, but Rubick and Malaguerra were among the beaten brigade. The next best filly in the race was Piacenza which finished well back in 11th.
  • Miracles Of Life was a feel good story in 2013. The Not A Single Doubt filly was given a great ride by Lauren Stojakovic who was given a big responsibility to ride the $3.25 favourite. It kicked clear around the Caulfield turn before putting three lengths on the field. Stojakovic kept kicking on the filly to ensure the memorable victory. It was one of the best Blue Diamond Stakes fields of all time with the likes of Fast ‘n’ Rocking, Gregers, Shamus Award and Horse of the Year winner Dissident.

Blue Diamond Stakes winners list

Blue Diamond Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Little Brose Michael Dee Ben &JD Hayes
2022 Daumier Mark Zahra Anthony & Sam Freedman
2021 Artorius Luke Currie Anthony & Sam Freedman
2020 Tagaloa Michael Walker Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2019 Lyre Luke Currie Anthony Freedman
2018 Written By Grahame Begg Jordan Childs
2017 Catchy Craig Williams David Hayes
2016 Extreme Choice Craig Newitt Mick Price
2015 Pride Of Dubai Damian Brown Paul Snowden
2014 Earthquake Damian Brown Peter Snowden
2013 Miracles Of Life Lauren Stojakovic Daniel Clarken
2012 Samaready Craig Newitt Mick Price
2011 Sepoy Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2010 Star Witness Nicholas Hall Danny O’Brien
2009 Reward For Effort Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2008 Reaan Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
2007 Sleek Chassis Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
2006 Nadeem Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
2005 Undoubtedly Dwayne Dunn Mark Kavanagh
2004 Alinghi Damien Oliver Lee Freedman
2003 Kusi Corey Brown John Hawkes
2002 Bel Esprit Wayne Treloar John Symons
2001 True Jewels Kerrin McEvoy Michael Moroney
2000 Road To Success Jim Cassidy John Salanitri

Blue Diamond Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

Blue Diamond Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Redoute’s Choice
1998 Danelagh
1997 Knowledge
1996 Paint
1995 Principality
1994 Hurricane Sky
1993 Lady Jakeo
1992 Riva Diva
1991 Canonise
1990 Mahaasin
1989 Courtza
1988 Zeditave
1987 Midnight Fever
1986 Bounding Away
1985 Let’s Get Physical
1984 Street Cafe
1983 Love A Show
1982 Rancher
1981 Black Shoes
1980 Aare
1979 Star Shower
1978 Manikato
1977 Blazing Saddles
1976 Out Of Danger
1975 Lord Dudley
1974 Forina
1973 New Gleam
1972 John’s Hope
1971 Tolerance

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