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The Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 at the end of next month is still the first major autumn aim for the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Ramlah after her win on debut over the weekend.
The I Am Invincible filly was saddled-up at the races for the first time on Sunday at Ballarat and enjoyed a strong two length victory in the $17,500 Jim’s Antennas 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m).
After a nice jump she sat outside the leader and responded with jockey Michael Walker asked her to at the top of the straight to hit the front and win running away.
Now her Lindsay Park trainers are gearing up her Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival plans with the promising two-year-old to target Victoria’s premier race for that age group during the festival, the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28.
To see whether Ramlah is up to Blue Diamond class at this early stage of her career, co-trainer Dabernig confirmed to the Racing Network that they would give her a Group 3 run next time out.
That will be in either the $150,000 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on February 7 or the following week’s $200,000 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on Valentine’s Day.
The stable currently have 18 two-year-olds still in Blue Diamond calculations for 2015 as Dabernig’s uncle and co-trainer Hayes shoots for a record sixth win in the feature.
Dabernig said it was nice to see Ramlah begin to live up to her potential on debut and show the same late speed they had seen in her lead-up work.
“She’s always shown us that she has quite nice speed, but you like to see it in a race,” he said.
“She’s in the Blue Diamond. We’ll see how she comes out of the race. There’s a couple of options — the Chairman’s Stakes or the Diamond Prelude.
“She is very professional, but with two-year-olds you’ve got them one day and haven’t the next.
“We’ll give her a chance and see what happens.”
Futures Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets at the online bookmakers are led by the Robert Smerdon-trained Inglis Banner winner Fontiton at a quote of around $4.60.
Further down the odds but still one of the better fancied juveniles is then Ramlah at $21 equal with one-time Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite, the fellow Hayes & Dabernig-trained Claudia Jean.
The Not A Single Doubt filly won by three and a half lengths on debut at Flemington on December 20 before getting caught back from her inside draw in the $2 million Gold Coast classic on January 10.
Having had to do lots of work early she looked a danger with 200m to travel but quickly tired and only managed to run two and a half lengths away seventh behind the winner Le Chef.
Dabernig said they were looking at the $120,000 Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington a week out from the Blue Diamond as her next run.
Another of their more notable Blue Diamond hopes Reemah, who scored a nice trial win at Sandown last Tuesday, will be nominated for the $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) back at that track this coming Monday on Australia Day.
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