While a host of 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes hopefuls will have a lead-up run in the Previews at Sandown this Saturday, trainer Mick Price will save his smart filly Secret Agenda for the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude two weeks out from the Group 1.
The two-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt moved right up the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), running at Caulfield Racecourse on February 28, after her impressive win on debut.
She went first-up without a trial at Moonee Valley on December 12 in a two-year-old open handicap over 1000m, jockey Damien Oliver guiding her to an effortless three and a half-length victory to break her maiden status.
After that the bookmakers around the country tightened her right in in the futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds where she now occupies the second line of betting at around $5.50 behind Robert Smerdon’s Inglis Banner winner Fontiton ($4.60) who won by six lengths.
While happy with how she came through her debut victory, Price won’t be rushing the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival campaign of Secret Agenda.
Instead of pushing her too soon with a run in this weekend’s $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) Price will save the filly for February 14 at her home track, Caulfield, for a run in the $150,000 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m).
“Timing wise it was too close, and then I would have had to give her too much racing,” Price told AAP.
“She’ll run in the Prelude. She is going well.”
Price won the Blue Diamond Stakes back in 2012 with the $2.20 favourite Samaready who won her opening three career starts including the Blue Diamond Prelude two weeks before the Group 1.
While he doesn’t rate Secret Agenda in quite the same class as Samaready he does believe she will be competitive on Blue Diamond Stakes Day if all goes well.
“I think she’ll run pretty well but you’ve got to see it on the day,” he said of the Blueblood Thoroughbreds-owned filly who was bought for $120,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales.
“I’m not going to go saying ‘this is another Samaready’.
“But she’s spunky and fast and we’re entitled to be looking at her as a Blue Diamond possibility.
“She was strong at Moonee Valley, and she is going well.”
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