Blue Diamond Stakes
Group One Betting Guide
|When:||Saturday, February 24, 2024|
|Location:||Caulfield Racecourse – Victoria, Australia|
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.
Latest Blue Diamond Stakes News
2024 Blue Diamond Stakes field
Horsebetting.com.au will update this page when the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes field is released.
Previous Black Caviar Lightning Fields
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 Barber James Cummings Jamie Kah 9 57kg 2 Arkansaw Kid Ben & JD Hayes Jye McNeil 4 57kg 3 Zulfiqar James Cummings Ben Melham 15 57kg 4 Little Brose Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 7 57kg 5 Brave Halo Sean & Jake Casey Damien Oliver 16 57kg 6 The Instructor Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 6 57kg 7 Veecee Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown 14 57kg 8 Don Corleone Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3 57kg 9 Exploring James Cummings Craig Williams 13 55kg 10 De Sonic Boom Anthony & Sam Freedman Daniel Moor 8 55kg 11 Party For Two Damien Batters Nikita Beriman 1 55kg 12 Steel City Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 5 55kg 13 Dubenenko Chris Bieg Dean Yendall 11 55kg 14 Cigar Flick Chris Waller Craig Newitt 18 55kg 15 Picky Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Thornton 17 55kg 16 Extreme Threat Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blaike McDougall 2 55kg 17 Sensical (1E) Peter Moody Daniel Stackhouse 12 55kg 18 Beauty Rising (2E) Phillip Stokes TBC 10 55kg
2023 Blue Diamond Stakes result
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|
|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|
|1985||Let’s Get Physical|
|1983||Love A Show|
|1976||Out Of Danger|