Gai Waterhouse’s promising filly Swing Vote will be out to earn a confirmed Blue Diamond Stakes 2013 assignment when she takes on a field full of other unbeaten fillies in the Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.
The daughter of Northern Meteor debuted at Warwick Farm on January 5 and easily accounted for the Bjorn Baker-trained Twilight Royale in the TAB Number One Club Plate (1000m).
She travels interstate for the weekend’s Australia Day racing in Melbourne running the opposite way against nine rivals in the $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m).
Drawn wide in gate nine Craig Williams takes over from Tommy Berry aboard Swing Vote who is yet to convince Waterhouse she has what it takes to continue onto the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back at Caulfield on February 23.
In the futures Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets Swing Vote is a $51 outsider, a price that will only firm if she gets up on Saturday.
For the weekend’s race she is rated an $11 chance to upset the current Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Miracles Of Life, Daniel Clarken’s Adelaide paying $2.90 for the Preview and $7.50 for the big one despite not currently being nominated for next month’s classic.
With the Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) also featuring the current second-pick for the $1 million feature in the Peter Snowden-trained Montsegur, another out to earn a late entry, Waterhouse will be able to get a really good idea on whether Swing Vote is up to Blue Diamond class or not after the race.
“It’s a Listed race and for any horse black type is important,” Waterhouse’s stable rep Mark Newnham said of Saturday’s event.
“Up here (in Sydney) we don’t have the (two-year-old) black-type races yet.
“If she comes through and happens to win then yes, she will be targeted at the Blue Diamond.”
Other notable chances in the race include local hopes Mystical Miss and Diamond Glow from the stables of Peter Moody, both of which won their race debuts last start, and the Mick Price-trained duo Kerr and Tango’s Daughter who have their maiden runs.
Swing Vote remains the sole Sydneysider in the mix and how her form back home stacks up will be crucial.
“You’ve got one from Adelaide, and the Melbourne form, and her from Sydney so it might answer a few questions,” Newnham said.
Two other youngsters Waterhouse is targeting towards the Blue Diamond Stakes 2013 are last Saturday’s Inglis Classic winner Marseille Roulette and recent trial winner Overreach who finished second to Villa Verde in their debut back in October.
“She’s trialled up here and she may also go down for one of the (Blue Diamond) Preludes,” Newnham said Exceed And Excel filly Overreach.
“So there’s still a few in the mix for the Blue Diamond.”
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