The Travelling Man Straight into 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes Field

Mornington trainer Matt Laurie has made the decision to bypass the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield this weekend with his BD Preview winner The Travelling Man, the smart Mossman colt to go straight into the Blue Diamond Stakes 2012 on February 25.

The Travelling Man was the most notable absentee from Monday’s 15 nominations for the $125,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude (1100m), running at Caulfield on CF Orr Stakes Day Saturday.

After a fourth to one-time Blue Diamond Stakes betting favourite Jimando in the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield last October, The Travelling Man resumed on Australia Day to claim an upset one and a quarter length win in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m).

As there were just nine horses in the Diamond Preview, The Travelling Man was automatically ineligible for the $1 million Blue Diamond Series bonus awarded to any two-year-old that wins the Preview – Prelude and the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes triple.

This made the decision not to race in the Prelude an easier one for Laurie who is confident The Travelling Man is fit enough to have a month between their Preview win and the Blue Diamond Stakes main event.

“I just don’t think he needs three runs in six weeks,” Laurie explained.

“There is only so many runs you can get out of a two-year-old and I don’t want to waste one on something that is not imperative.”

Laurie has, however, penciled in a barrier trial for The Travelling Man next week.

In the latest Blue Diamond Stakes odds at Luxbet, Blue Diamond Fillies Preview winner Malasun is the current $6 favourite.

She is set to dominate the weekend’s markets for the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) which attracted 16 early entries and is also the sole horse still in contention for the bonus.

Further down the Blue Diamond Stakes betting punters can find The Travelling Man who pays $9 at Luxbet.

Blue Diamond markets are likely to undergo another shake-up following the results of the two Blue Diamond Preludes this Saturday.

Of the early entries for the colts and geldings Prelude on Saturday, the shortest-priced in the BD Stakes futures at Luxbet is Peter Snowden’s Elusive quality colt Rusambo at $18 followed by Listed Superracing Stakes winner Cambiaso ($21 Luxbet) and dual stakes placegetter Andre Roo Hoo ($51 Luxbet).

Stay tuned to for all the Caulfield final race fields due out tomorrow.

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2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) Nominations

Caulfield – 11/02/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 ALPINE COUNTRY Damien Walkley 10= 55.5kg
2 ANDRE ROO HOO Robbie Laing 3 55.5kg 66
3 BOOM BABY BOOM Anthony Freedman 10= 55.5kg
4 CAMBIASO Danny O’Brien 1 55.5kg 72
5 EXOGRAM Peter G Moody 10= 55.5kg
6 FERMENT John P Thompson 2 55.5kg 68
7 GENERAL RIPPA David Hayes 10= 55.5kg
8 GREENWICH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10= 55.5kg
9 MAGNUS REIGN Rick Hore-Lacy 6 55.5kg 61
10 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Rick Hore-Lacy 10= 55.5kg
11 NO SMOKEN Clinton McDonald 5 55.5kg 66
12 PLANET VOYAGE Peter G Moody 7 55.5kg 64
13 RUSAMBO Peter Snowden 4 55.5kg 66
14 SIGMUND John P Thompson 8 55.5kg 60
15 WEEKEND GETAWAY David Hayes 9 55.5kg 60