The 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes, Victoria’s leading arena for juvenile racing, is just over a week away and the updated order of entry for the $1 million Caulfield showdown has been released with Masthead enjoying the biggest ballot rise.
The Lee Freedman-trained colt Masthead was 28 on the Blue Diamond order of entry earlier in the week but has stormed into third spot after winning the $250,000 2YO Inglis Premier (1200m) at Mornington on Wednesday.
Masthead is currently paying $26 in the Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets at Luxbet, still a very generous price for the improving son of Written Tycoon.
Freedman’s impressive Commands colt Atomic, who won the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) on debut at Sandown on February 9, is also guaranteed a start in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 26 based on prize money earned.
However, Atomic is not among the Blue Diamond entries and connections have until midday on Monday to pay the $55,000 late entry fee to get the colt into the field.
Despite not being a guaranteed acceptor, Atomic is one of the top elects in the Blue Diamond betting paying $12 as the third favourite at Luxbet.
Sepoy remains the sole Blue Diamond Stakes hopeful exempt from ballot after the unbeaten Elusive Quality colt took out the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) extending their winning streak to three straight on February 12.
Peter Snowden’s classy two-year-old is the pronounced favourite in the Blue Diamond markets, set to start odds-on and currently paying $1.75 through Luxbet.
Second on the Blue Diamond order of entry is John Thompson’s Testa Rossa filly Pane In The Glass.
Pane In The Glass also boasts a flawless record of three wins from as many starts, most recently claiming an emphatic six length victory in the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Classic (1200m) at Rosehill on January 22.
However, Pane In The Glass is an unlikely starter in this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes showdown making room for a number of hopefuls further down the order of entry.
Other two-year-olds guaranteed a spot in the 16-starter Blue Diamond Stakes field include:
- Satin Shoes (4th) – Clarry Conner’s classy daughter of Flying Spurt won the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on February 12.
- Arctic Command (5th) – Cranbourne-based galloper has a Group race win to their name but was a well beaten seventh behind Sepoy in the Blue Diamond Prelude last start.
- Glissade (6th) – Redoute’s Choice filly also prepared by Peter Snowden, ran a gallant second to the now-withdrawn One Last Dance in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude.
- Grand Britannia (7th) – Robbie Laing’s Dash For Cash colt ran second behind Sepoy in the Blue Diamond Preview back in January after twice striking interference, backed up with a fourth place finish in the Prelude.
- Delago’s Lad (10th) – John McArdle-trained colt claimed an upset win in the Routelye’s Plate last month then finished a close third in the Inglis Premier behind Masthead this week.
The race towards the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes continues this Saturday at Flemington with the $100,000 Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m).
Last year subsequent Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness claimed victory in the Talindert Stakes and on Saturday five Blue Diamond entries will face off with Redangelo (12th), Anevay (20th), Covered In Class (24th), Evbefel (26th) and Almahaab (50th) on debut for David Hayes.
See below for the current Blue Diamond Stakes order of entry.
The 2011 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes final field of acceptors will be released on Tuesday February 22 and published here at Races.com.au.
Now is the time to get in on the Blue Diamond Stakes betting action and to lock your early picks in at the best price, head to Luxbet today!
2011 Blue Diamond Stakes Order of Entry
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|3||ARCTIC COMMAND||Wendy Kelly||5||55.5||76|
|4||GRAND BRITANNIA||Robbie Laing||7||55.5||77|
|5||DELAGO’S LAD||John McArdle||10||55.5||74|
|6||REDANGELO||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||12||55.5||72|
|8||BOSSDON CITY||Brett Cavanough||14||55.5||74|
|9||RUNNING TALL||Danny O’Brien||17||55.5||72|
|10||HOT SPIN||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||21||55.5||65|
|12||COVERED IN CLASS||Peter G Moody||24||55.5||64|
|13||ECLAIR DESIRE||Peter G Moody||29||55.5||64|
|15||BRAYMONT||John P Thompson||31||55.5||63|
|17||HELL’S KITCHEN||Mark Young||=32||55.5||64|
|18||LE SAMER||David Brideoake||35||55.5||61|
|20||FASTNET PRINCE||Mark Kavanagh||=39||55.5||63|
|21||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson||42||55.5||63|
|22||ORTMAYER||John P Thompson||43||55.5||60|
|23||BLACK JACK BOY||Dean Binaisse||46||55.5||59|
|25||BIG ROJO||Mick Price||=47||55.5||61|
|26||CAPE CANAVERAL||Danny O’Brien||=47||55.5||61|
|27||CROSS OF GOLD||David Hayes||=47||55.5||–|
|28||EXECUTIVE STAR||Ken Keys||=47||55.5||–|
|29||FRANKENBEANS||John P Thompson||=47||55.5||–|
|30||I’M A MENICE||Ron Daniel||=47||55.5||59|
|31||ISOPACH||John P Thompson||=47||55.5||61|
|33||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||2||53.5||85|
|34||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||4||53.5||74|
|39||HELPING HAND||John P Thompson||15||53.5||72|
|40||MOTIFS||John P Thompson||16||53.5||72|
|41||HALLOWELL BELLE||Peter G Moody||18||53.5||68|
|42||METONYMY||Peter G Moody||19||53.5||70|
|44||NOBLE TWOSTEP||Rick Hore-Lacy||23||53.5||65|
|47||TUMBLE TURN||Paul Messara||27||53.5||62|
|48||AMOUR CACHE||Peter G Moody||28||53.5||64|
|49||MANOR LADY||Robbie Griffiths||=32||53.5||64|
|50||MORE BUBBLY||John P Thompson||36||53.5||63|
|51||QUENCH THE THIRST||Mark Kavanagh||=37||53.5||82|
|52||AND ROCK||John McArdle||=39||53.5||63|
|53||SUITE SUCCESS||Leigh Childs||=39||53.5||63|
|54||NORTH EAST||David Hayes||44||53.5||59|
|55||NATIONAL ANTHEM||Leon Corstens||45||53.5||61|
|56||FAST ‘N’ WITTY||John O’Shea||=47||53.5||–|
|57||FAST SHANTI||Gerald Ryan||=47||53.5||–|
|58||KNEELING||John P Thompson||=47||53.5||–|
|59||SHE’S CHERRYRYPE||David Hayes||=47||53.5||–|
|60||WIN FOR NAARA||John P Thompson||=47||53.5||–|