2010 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Preview – Tricky Tricky Scratched

On Saturday the coveted $1million Group 1 Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) will be the highlight event in an action packed day of racing at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse.

This year the Blue Diamond Stakes will be contested by fifteen sensational two-year-olds all vying for the esteemed title of 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes winner, setting themselves up as the most exciting and promising young thoroughbred in the country.

There was originally a capacity field of 16 engaged for the race but the Leon Corstens-trained Tricky Tricky was scratched from the race. The scratching of Tricky Tricky sees the Robbie Laing-trained She’s Got Gears move into the coveted barrier one.

Beneteau will start the race as the warm favourite following his impressive Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) win on February 6. He is currently at odds of $3.30 with Sportsbet. The unbeaten colt, trained by Paul Messara, will start from barrier eight as he aims for his third successive win.

Sharing second favouritism are Star Witness and Psychologist at $7.50.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Star Witness is another unbeaten colt having won his two career starts but has drawn wide on Saturday and will start from barrier 14.

Psychologist, trained by Tony Vasil, is the top rated filly of the field following her winning debut in the Blue Diamond Prelude (F). Psychologist has also drawn poorly and will start on the far outside in barrier 15.

The stocks of the Peter Snowden-trained Secession further increased with the scratching of Tricky Tricky, the Merson Cooper Stakes winning son of Lonhro now starting from barrier four in the Blue Diamond with Kerrin McEvoy aboard.

There are an incredible six other group status races held on the day including the $400, 000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) where the Peter Moody-trained Wanted aims for that elusive Group 1 win.

Other highlights at the meeting are the $200, 000 Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m) contested by a star-studded field including Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Heart Of Dreams and the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed; and the $180, 000 Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) where David Hayes’ top filly Irish Lights comes up against the likes of No Evidence Needed and the Greg Eurell-trained Misty Blue.

There are also two quality Group 3 races run as part of the programme, the $125, 000 Carlyon Cup (1400m) and the $125, 000 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).

More information and all the latest news on the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes can be found by clicking on the race name.

The Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes is scheduled as race seven and is due to commence at 4:00pm (EST).

2010 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw:

No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
GENERAL TRUCE
Ricky Maund Andrew Mallyon 13 55.5
2
STAR WITNESS
Danny O’Brien Nicholas Hall 14 55.5
3
BENETEAU
Paul Messara Daniel Ganderton 8 55.5
4
SECESSION
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 55.5
5
BIT OF A DUDE
Stuart Gower Michael Hoppo 7 55.5
6
SPIRIT CENT
John Leek Jnr. Michelle Payne 12 55.5
7
LEGALISTIC
David Hayes Brad Rawiller 11 55.5
8
SHE’S GOT GEARS
Robbie Lang Craig Williams 1 53.5
9
SWEET CHEEKS
John McArdle Damien Oliver 3 53.5
10
CRYSTAL LILY
M Ellerton & S Zahra Chris Symons 10 53.5
11
ROULETTES
M, W & J Hawkes Steven King 2 53.5
12
PSYCHOLOGIST
Tony Vasil Mark Zahra 15 53.5
13
SHAAHEQ
David Hayes Danny Nikolic 5 53.5
14
EVIDENTIA
David Hayes Brett Prebble 6 53.5
15
WILLOW CREEK
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 53.5

Caulfield Race Programme – Saturday February 20, 2010:

Race #

Race Name

Status

Stakes

Distance

Time (EST)

1 Luxury Preferred Handicap $70, 000 1100m 12:15pm
2 Clamms Seafood Classic $70, 000 1200m 12:50pm
3 Rokk Ebony Carlyon Cup Gr.3 $125, 000 1400m 1:30pm
4 BMW Angus Armanasco Stakes Gr.2 $180, 000 1400m 2:05pm
5 D’urban Stakes Gr.2 $180, 000 1400m 2:40pm
6 Pure Blonde St George Stakes Gr.2 $200, 000 1800m 3:20pm
7 Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes Gr.1 $1,000,000 1200m 4:00pm
8 Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate Gr.1 $400,000 1100m 4:40pm
9 TBV Mannerism Stakes Gr.3 $125, 000 1400m 5:20pm