Dwayne Dunn is out to score another Blue Diamond Stakes win and while this Saturday’s race looks to belong to either Adelaide speedster Miracles Of Life or Peter Snowden’s class filly Guelph, the top hoop hasn’t given up hope of scoring an upset aboard Gregers.
Online markets for the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Classic (1200m), due to run as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST), are currently led by the rails-drawn Miracles Of Life ($2.80) who shoots for her fourth win from as many career starts on the weekend.
The other best fancied hopeful is then former top elect Guelph ($3.30) who has continued to ease since drawing double digits in the Blue Diamond Stakes barriers.
Further down the Blue Diamond Stakes odds punters will then find one of the $21 chances in the race, Gregers, who is set to jump from gate 10 with Dunn in the saddle.
David Hayes’ daughter of Commands has had just the one run to date when Dunn rode her to a tidy 1.5 length victory over 1000m at Moonee Valley on February 1 where she overcame her 20-1 price.
“On debut, there was no real push for her,” Dunn said.
“We knew she was a nice filly that would be better over more ground but she settled beautifully and won very professionally.”
That race, a 2YO No Maiden Wins over 1000m, has also proved a nice form line with the third placed Casquets and runner-up Annenberg going on to run one-two in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington last Saturday.
The filly-jockey combo reunite for the Blue Diamond on Saturday with Gregers stepping up in class as Dunn vies for his extraordinary fifth win in the feature which would see him surpass Hall Of Fame jockey Roy Higgins who also boasts four Blue Diamond wins.
Dunn has already scored four Blue Diamonds with Undoubtedly (2005), Nadeem (2006), Sleek Chassis (2007) and Reaan (2008) – three of those for Hayes – and will be out to make it a quintet in 2013.
“It is one of those days that just works for me and one that I definitely have marked on my calendar,” Dunn said.
“Apart from the four straight wins, I have always been around the money in the race. I love working with the babies and we are all looking for the next star.”
While Gregers might have a double digit gate to overcome on Saturday she is still in with a chance to emerge as that next start according to Dunn.
“I expect her to finish in the top half of the field,” Dunn said.
“I would have preferred another run heading into the race and we have a tricky draw, but she will be strong at the finish and coming down the middle of the track where plenty of winners of the race have come from.”
As for the competition Dunn does rate Miracles Of Life, last seen winning the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview by an easy 4.5 lengths, but wants to see whether she steps up from 1000m to 1200m without issue.
“She has looked ultra-impressive but has the inside barrier, which may not suit, and does step up to the 1200m for the first time,” Dunn said.
“It’s amazing how horses look awesome at 1000m or 1100m, but that extra 100-200m in the Diamond seems to sort them out, while our filly is bred to get more ground.”
Hayes is also represented in this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes field, which is down to 13 starters following the early scratching of Casquets and Thermal Current, by two other youngsters.
The next best fancied of Hayes’ Blue Diamond contingent is BD prelude fourth placed Fast ‘N’ Rocking at $41 while his Flying Spur colt I Am Titanium, fourth in the Chairman’s Stakes last start, is one of the $81 outsiders in betting.
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