While the fillies’ edition is arguably the stronger of the two Blue Diamond Preludes running at Caulfield this Saturday, punters will still enjoy getting in on the action of the colts & geldings clash where a wide-open field of two-year-olds is engaged.
2012 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds
The Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) field features current Luxbet favourite for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25, Malasun ($6), as well as three others inside the top 11 in the betting.
Caulfield Race 2 – the $125,000 Group 3 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings (1100m), on the other hand, looks a weaker affair with the shortest-priced of the Blue Diamond chances in the eight-horse field being Cambiaso at $21 through Luxbet.
Drawn in barrier three for Saturday with James Winks booked for the ride, Danny O’Brien’s More Than Ready colt out of Flying Spur mare Flying Alpha has had two career starts to date including a black-type win.
On debut at Flemington last October Cambiaso won the Listed Superracing Stakes (1000m) before being sent for a spell.
They resumed at Caulfield on January 26 finishing fourth to The Travelling Man in the Blue Diamond Preview and currently the $4.60 second favourite through Luxbet to win Saturday’s BD Prelude.
Favourite in the Caulfield race odds for this weekend’s event is the Peter Snowden-trained Rusambo at a quote of $3.10, and at $21 along with Cambiaso for the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Rusambo, a son of last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper winner Sepoy’s sire Elusive Quality, was twice placed from two starts in Sydney last year and will be out to break their maiden status on Saturday.
On debut they finished third to Gai Waterhouse’s 2012 Golden Slipper-bound Pierro in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m) and then ran second to Amorino in over 1000m at Randwick.
Although they are yet to prove themselves, Snowden is hopeful Rusambo can emerge a genuine Blue Diamond Stakes contender.
“Those blokes (Sepoy and Helmet) just came out of the blue last season so you never know,” Snowden said.
“The gap is pretty wide for the next one but we’re hoping.
“I’m lucky enough to have a lot of two-year-olds to try this year and hopefully something is as good as those two (Sepoy and Helmet).”
Two other Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) acceptors are currently at single-figures to win on the weekend with two-time stakes placegetter Andre Roo Hoo ($4.80 Luxbet) and Peter Moody’s Exceed And Excel colt Planet Voyage ($6 Luxbet) who ran third to Jimando in the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m) on debut in October.
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2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) Field & Barriers
Caulfield Race 2 – 1:25pm (VIC time) – 11/02/2012
|1||1X4||CAMBIASO||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||3||55.5kg||72||4.60 Luxbet|
|2||17||FERMENT||John P Thompson||Noel Callow||8||55.5kg||68||12.00 Luxbet|
|3||23X||ANDRE ROO HOO||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||7||55.5kg||66||4.80 Luxbet|
|4||32X||RUSAMBO||Peter Snowden||–||6||55.5kg||66||3.10 Luxbet|
|5||3X||PLANET VOYAGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||55.5kg||64||6.00 Luxbet|
|6||7||WEEKEND GETAWAY||David Hayes||–||2||55.5kg||60||13.00 Luxbet|
|7||–||GENERAL RIPPA||David Hayes||Damien Oliver||5||55.5kg||–||14.00 Luxbet|
|8||–||GREENWICH||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1||55.5kg||–||15.00 Luxbet|
*Odds are Fixed Win from Luxbet and subject to change