Filly Hoping to Earn Formidable Blue Diamond Stakes 2012 Target

Flemington-based training team Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra are hoping for another strong performance from their filly Formidable when she races in a strong BD Prelude at Caulfield this Saturday to convince connections she is worth paying a late 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes entry fee for.

After winning her debut at Flemington over 1000m on January 14, Strada filly Formidable boosted her career prize money to over three-times that of her moderate $20,000 purchase price when she finished an eye-catching second behind Mama’s Choice in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield last Saturday.

With the win the David Hayes-trained Mama’s Choice had her Luxbet futures price for the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), running on February 25, slashed to $9.

Formidable, however, is not currently listed in the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes entries or odds.

Not yet nominated for the famous Caulfield classic, owners Barry and Midge Griffiths will need to fork out a hefty $55,000 late entry fee by February 21st to get Formidable into the race.

The two-year-old may get the chance to prove her Blue Diamond potential this Saturday when she faces a crack field in the $125,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies), which runs over 1100m as one of eight stakes races on the CF Orr Stakes Day card.

“Everything is a bit up in the air at the moment about running Saturday but whether she runs or not I think she is worthy of a start in the Blue Diamond,” co-trainer Zahra said.

“If there was a Sepoy around you probably wouldn’t pay the $55,000 (late entry) but in every two-year-old race there has been a new winner.

“We have spoken to Barry about it and it is not often you get a chance to run in the Blue Diamond and I don’t think he has ever had a runner in the race.

“It is a lot of money to pay up but if she can finish in the first three she is stakes-placed, gets the prize money and a bit later on he can sell her for whatever he wants.

“If she could draw a gate in the Diamond she has got to be thereabouts.”

Formidable remains the only Blue Diamond hope for Ellerton & Zahra after the promising Sweet Little Lies pulled up shin sore following her disappointing fourth to Malasun in the BD Preview on January 26.

The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude nominations taken on Monday are certainly imposing featuring the likes of current Blue Diamond futures favourite Malasun ($6 Luxbet), the Peter Snowden-trained Melbourne Cup Day winner Applegate, Anthony Cummings’ Inglis Banner – Inglis Nursery double winner Diamond Earth, Patinack Farm’s Group 3 champ Real Stolle and BD Preview runner-up Members Joy.

The colts and geldings’ edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude also runs at Caulfield this Saturday with early entries including the Peter Snowden-trained Rusambo, Danny O’Brien’s stakes winning colt Cambiaso and the Robbie Laing-trained Andre Roo Hoo.

Caulfield race fields for all of this weekend’s features are due out on Wednesday and will be published right here at

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