Robbie Griffiths’ smart young colt Burnstone has shot up the futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 after winning the BD Colts & Geldings Preview on debut at Sandown Racecourse over the long weekend.
On Monday the two-year-old son of former Blue Diamond winner Redoute’s Choice (1999) lined up as one of 10 juvenile males in the $120,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) (1000m) and was first home by an impressive margin.
Ridden by Damian Lane for his first career start, Burnstone ($12) was three and a half lengths clear of the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Top Me Up ($4.80), also on debut, in the Australia Day event.
Third over the line over a length further back was then the Mick Price-trained Kirabo ($7.50) while the short-priced favourite Mesa ($2.70) could only manage to cross over five lengths off the winner in fifth.
His hoop Damian Browne described his run as disappointing and believed blinkers next start would help sharpen him up.
Burnstone has now well and truly entered calculations for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival feature to run at Caulfield Racecourse on February 28.
Lane was full of post-win praise for the winner who he described as a profession with a nice temperament, Burnstone to go straight into the Blue Diamond Stakes without another lead-up run.
“He didn’t put a foot wrong. He relaxed beautifully in the run and his acceleration was great,” Lane said.
Futures Blue Diamond Stakes betting, third declarations for the two-year-olds’ classic closing today, are currently lead by Robert Smerdon’s filly Fontiton ($4.60) who saluted in the BD Fillies Preview on Monday.
Fontiton won in a slick 58.13 seconds while the boys’ edition was completed in 58.34 seconds.
The Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Preview winner Burnstone meanwhile has had his price to win the Group 1 next month slashed and is now equal fourth favourite at $11 having been listed as long as $35 before the race.
Yesterday’s BD C&G Preview runner-up Top Me Up can be found at $17 in those futures odds while third placed Kirabo is still at a generous $34.
Burnstone’s breeding is ideal for a big win as a juvenile as his mother Merlene is a daughter of a Golden Slipper winner but Griffiths, who paid $220,000 for a brother to the colt who he lost in a freak accident, was able to snap him up for a bargain.
“He was a windsucker and I thought he might go for $100,000 because nobody was bidding. The hammer went down at $40,000,” Griffiths said.
“I remember Darren Weir came over and asked what was wrong with the horse and I told him nothing.”
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2015 Blue Diamond (C&G) Preview Results
Sandown Race 3 – 26/01/2015
|1||6||BURNSTONE||Robbie Griffiths||Damian Lane||–||2||55kg||$12|
|2||11||TOP ME UP||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3.5L||9||55kg||$4.80|
|3||10||KIRABO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||4.75L||1||55kg||$7.50|
|4||7||DEMONSTRATE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea||Nicholas Hall||5.25L||6||55kg||$10|
|5||2||MESA||John O’Shea||Damian Browne||5.35L||10||55kg||$2.70F|
|6||1||MANHATTAN BLUES||Tony McEvoy||Steven King||5.75L||4||55kg||$8.50|
|7||4||TRENCH FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||6.5L||7||55kg||$10|
|8||5||WELL SIGHTED Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Ciaron Maher||Chad Schofield||7.5L||3||55kg||$71|
|9||8||EAGLES DARE||Robbie Laing||Michael Walker||17.5L||5||55kg||$91|
|10||9||KENTUCKY FLYER||Robbie Laing||Ben Melham||17.9L||8||55kg (cd 55.5kg)||$31|
|–||12||VON VACHERON||Matt Laurie||Luke Currie||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||CALL ME ANYTHING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||–||0||–||–|