The Blue Diamond Stakes 2013 field is slowly dwindling with the Peter Moody-trained Thermal Current the second official scratching from the Melbourne Festival of Racing major this Saturday at Caulfield.
After originally attracting a full field of 16 two-year-olds, the field for the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) is now down to 14.
The first withdrawal from the classic was Mark Kavanagh’s Talindert Stakes winning filly Casquets who was taken out of the mix after drawing the extreme outside barrier 16 of 16.
Now today the latest defector is Exceed And Excel colt Thermal Current who was the best fancied of the males in the Blue Diamond Stakes odds which are dominated by the undefeated Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life ($2.80).
Last seen running third in the Blue Diamond Preview on Australia Day, Thermal Current will not get the chance to prove their potential having badly strained a hind muscle.
Their injury-forced withdrawal leaves ace hoop Luke Nolen, regular rider to super mare Black Caviar, without a ride in the race he last won aboard the Moody-trained Reward For Effort in 2009.
Owner David Moodie confirmed Thermal Current would spend the next six weeks in the spelling paddock before preparing for a spring return.
“It’s bitterly disappointing the horse appears to have done the injury in his box during the night and we had considered him a great hope of winning the Diamond,” he said.
“The upside of it is that he’ll only spend six weeks or so out and be brought back for the spring with the Caulfield Guineas his major target.”
The $ 1million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) runs in early October.
Moody will still be represented in the Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday by three from his stables the new best fancied of which is his Preview winner Dissident ($21) who has the widest remaining gate to contend from as they look to improve on their third in the BD Prelude.
Their two stablemates are then roughies in the field with the consistent Sebring filly Kona Breeze ($61) last seen running a distant second in the Chairman’s Stakes and Hard Spun filly Quest For Peace ($51) who comes off a BD Fillies Prelude fourth behind Saturday’s $3.20 second favourite, the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph.
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