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She may be dominating the futures 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets at bookies around the country but Miracles Of Life is far from a confirmed starter in the February feature with trainer Daniel Clarken still hesitant to pay the late entry fee for the filly from Adelaide.
161 two-year-olds are currently entered for this autumn’s edition of the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), due to run at Caulfield Racecourse on February 23, after second declarations were taken last week but the pre-field favourite Miracles Of Life is not one of them.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt has been in the headlines as a genuine Blue Diamond chance in 2013 after her opening two career wins back home at Morphettville.
On debut she scored an impressive five and a half length win over the Will Clarken-trained Molto Bella in a 2YO Plate in December before blowing away her rivals 14 days later with a blistering nine length effort smashing Midnight Rule in a 2YO’s handicap.
Since then the talk has been all about Miracles Of Life and the Blue Diamond, connections having until January 29th to pay the hefty $55,000 late entry fee to get her into the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival major.
She goes to Victoria Saturday week for the $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond (Fillies) Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on Australia Day, and Clarken said she would have to do something similar to last start for them to pay up for the Blue Diamond.
“We plan to go to Melbourne and test the water next week,” Clarken said.
“She’ll either have to win or be super competitive for us to pay up.
“They called her the best two-year-old in Australia … I don’t know.
“That’s a big call as there are some very nice young horses getting around.
“I know she’s run time but she’s still got to have some real pressure put on her, then we’ll see what happens.”
He does however believe she’s in a better position heading into the BD Preview than last start having come through her second career start in excellent order.
“Personally I think she’s come through her second run much better than what she did first up,” he said.
“She’s in great order, we haven’t done a lot with her. She’ll do a little bit of work Saturday morning and again next Tuesday before jumping on the float.
“At this point in time, she’s happy and done well, we’ll push on.
Clarken and connections may still need convincing but the bookies are taking no chances with the spruik juvenile, Miracles Of Life opening top of the ante-post Blue Diamond Stakes odds at a quote of about $6.50.
Just to show her dominance, the next best fancied two-year-olds are paying $15 with HKJC Maribyrnong Plate runner-up Crack A Roadie, Gai Waterhouse’s NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate winner from October Whittington and their stablemate Overreach all well liked.
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