Which jockeys will aboard the early top fancies for next month’s 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes is becoming clearer although the fight is still most definitely on to secure the ride on current favourite Miracles Of Life who is yet to be entered for the million dollar feature.
Daniel Clarken’s unbeaten Adelaide speedster Miracles Of Life entered calculations for the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), running at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse on February 23, when she blasted her rivals for the second time at Morphettville with a nine length effort on January 5.
She next races in the fillies’ edition of the $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) in her interstate debut on Australia Day, after which a decision will be made whether connections will pay the $55,000 late entry to get her into the Blue Diamond.
“I have spoken to Iris (O’Farrell, syndicate manager) and they are excited about going to the Diamond,” Clarken said.
“(But) we’ll run in the Preview and assess our Diamond chances and then make a decision about the late payment.”
While the Not A Single Doubt filly is far from a confirmed starter in the autumn classic she is already the clear Blue Diamond Stakes betting favourite at a quote of $7.50 in the early markets.
For her two career runs so far South Australian jockey Lauren Stojakovic has been in the saddle.
While Clarken said the hoop was still being considered for the Blue Diamond ride should they go there, connections were probably leaning to a more experienced hoop, plenty already making the call, with Stojakovic having won just three races in her last 100 rides.
Another top fancy in the futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds who is not nominated for the feature is the Peter Moody-trained Bel Esprit filly Diamond Glow.
Diamond Glow won her debut at Caulfield in fine style on January 5 beating a field of fellow 2YO’s by a minimum 1.8 lengths earning her a $19 price in the BD markets.
Vlad Duric guided her to victory in her maiden run but if the late entry, due by January 29, is paid and she lines up in the Blue Diamond Stakes field then it is likely the stable’s ace rider Luke Nolen will be given the plum mount.
Craig Williams is also looking at a prized Blue Diamond ride in 2013, the internationally acclaimed champion likely to continue his association with the talented Stephen Theodore-trained Crack A Roadie.
The Charge Forward colt narrowly run their first trip to the races at Moonee Valley in the Inglis Banner back in October before backing up 14 days later to come within a short half head of Direct Charge in the Group 3 HKJC Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.
They haven’t raced since but the promise they showed during the spring has seen them open as a $15 Blue Diamond chance.
Crack A Roadie’s Cranbourne-based trainer Theodore will trial them at their home track next week, the fast growing galloper continuing to impress ahead of their 2013 return.
“Last preparation he did everything on raw ability,” Theodore said.
“Now he is a different proposition.”
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