The fillies may be dominating the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes betting for this Saturday’s Caulfield feature but historically the boys have the upper hand in this juvenile’s classic and the shortest priced colt in the mix this year is Crack A Roadie.
So can Stephen Theodore’s Cranbourne galloper beat the ladies as a double figure outsider?
The son of Charge Forward certainly has claims if their record from last prep is anything to go by.
They debuted at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day with a tight win in the Inglis Banner Stakes and were far from disgraced a fortnight later when coming within a short half-head of another victory finishing second to Direct Charge in the Group 3 HKJC Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on Emirates Stakes Day.
They haven’t raced since however, not even in an official trial, and must face a field full of in-form runners that have come via the traditional path into the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).
There is no denying Crack A Roadie has class and promise but going first-up over 1200m, a distance they haven’t seen before, in a Group 1 is a tough ask.
So will they answer the challenge despite having had their earlier resuming run cancelled due to a minor injury? Or will Crack A Roadie fall by the wayside?
Theodore is certainly hoping his favourite fella can come good for him, the $40,000 yearling purchase having already amassed over $170,000 in prize money.
“If he wins on Saturday he’s worth $5 million, just at stud, let alone the rest of his racing career,” Theodore said.
“I would recommend strongly when those type of offers come in that they are animals and anything can happen and that’s a lot of money for a horse that we paid $40,000 for.”
#1 Crack A Roadie – Horse Form
- Barrier: 9 (into 8)
- Jockey: Craig Williams
- Trainer: Stephen Theodore
- Owners: Mr F J Welsford, Mrs S J Welsford, Mr G A Kemp, Browns & Kirks, Hail, Hit The Line Racing, Mr T D Murphy, Mrs G M Theodore, Mr P Dalziel
- Age: 2YO
- Gender: Colt
- Breeding: by Charge Forward (USA) from Flying Spur (AUS) mare Road To Damascus (AUS)
- Career: 1-1-1-0
- Win: 50%
- Place: 100%
- Last 6: 12x
- Prize Money: $177,000
- Track: 0-0-0-0
- Distance: 0-0-0-0
Current 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds: $17
Why Crack A Roadie Has What it Takes to Win the Blue Diamond Stakes 2013
- Drawn nicely in barrier nine (into eight) which gives them options and should see them stay out of trouble
- Ace hoop Craig Williams in the saddle
- Is the shortest-priced of the males and historically the boys hold the advantage with 26 wins in the past 42 years
- Wears the No. 1 saddlecloth which is the most successful number in history with five wins in the past 30 years
Why Crack A Roadie Won’t Beat the Fillies in the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes
- Hasn’t raced since early November so won’t have the fitness edge like the girls here with the three top fancies Miracles Of Life ($3), Guelph ($3.30) and Metastasio ($6.50) all coming off last-start wins
- Has to make the step up from 1000m to 1200m which could catch them out first-up
- Never raced at Caulfield before and haven’t had a trial leading up to this
- Were scheduled to resume earlier but injury prevented that so could be a bit behind the eight ball
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