Mohave To Follow Traditional Path To The Blue Diamond Stakes

Trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that Mohave will follow the traditional path to the 2014 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and contest the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in a fortnight, following his victory in the Listed Blue Diamond Colts And Geldings Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Darley have another contender for the Blue Diamond Stakes following the tough victory of Mohave at Caulfield on Saturday.

Darley have another contender for the Blue Diamond Stakes following the tough victory of Mohave at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Mohave made his racing debut with a second place finish behind Law in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick on October 5 and broke through for his maiden race win with a tough victory over Cornrow and Ducal Castle on the weekend.

The Exceed And Excel colt finished strongly in the closing stages of the race and Snowden told the media that he expects the two-year-old to be even better when he gets over more ground, as he works his way through the Blue Diamond Series.

“He did a good job; he’s a professional horse and has got really good ability,” Snowden said.

“He showed at his first start in Sydney that he does most things right and he’s blessed with natural pace early which helped him today.

“He was very strong late and I’m confident that he’ll get a lot further than today’s distance; 1200 metres will be perfect for him.

“He’s been targeted at the Blue Diamond and I think come Diamond Day, provided that he runs well next start he should be there and be very competitive.”

While Mohave may have impressed Snowden with his performance, punters were not overly wrapped with the performance and the two-year-old remains a $21 chance in 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.

Gerald Ryan-trained Rubick ($3.60) is the new favourite for the Group 1 event from Mohave’s stablemate Earthquake ($4), Team Hawkes-trained Nostradamus and Street Cry colt Chivalry ($10).

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2014 Blue Diamond Preview Colts And Geldings Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 MOHAVE Peter Snowden Chris Symons 2 55kg $4
2 1 CORNROW Mick Price Damien Oliver 0.75L 7 55kg $3.60F
3 3 DUCAL CASTLE Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 2L 1 55kg $6
4 8 GRANDE ROSSO Mark Riley Daniel Stackhouse 2.2L 9 55kg $8
5 5 TUDOR Doug Harrison Craig Williams 2.4L 6 55kg $11
6 6 BERLUTTI Mick Price Glen Boss 2.6L 8 55kg $13
7 7 CONGRESS David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 4.35L 4 55kg $41
8 4 STINGRAY John Moloney Damian Lane 7.35L 3 55kg $8.50
9 9 MUNJIZ David Hayes Vlad Duric 7.55L 10 55kg $31
10 10 STATUE OF WARRIORS Jerome Hunter Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 7.85L 5 55kg $61

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