2015 Blue Diamond Contender Burnstone Dies

February 4, 2015

2015 Blue Diamond Contender Burnstone Dies

In a sad turn of events that will impact the Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 betting markets, highly-touted two-year-old Burnstone suddenly died on Wednesday morning following some light track work.

Burnstone

The best fancied colt for the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes Burnstone has died suddenly in trackwork at Cranbourne. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

The Robbie Griffiths-trained, Cranbourne-based Redoute’s Choice two-year-old looked to his trainer like the horse that could win him a maiden Group 1 as he headed towards the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse on February 28.

However the promising juvenile suddenly died at his home track this morning suffering a suspected heart attack, dropping dead and almost crushing his rider Ivan Culliver in an event Griffiths described as “gut-wrenching”.

“He will have a full autopsy but that (a heart attack) is what I suspect,” Griffiths said according to the Herald Sun.

“Lucky Ivan is all right, the horse fell right on top of him.”

Burnstone was a $40,000 bargain buy from the Inglis premier Yearling Sale last year and caught the eye on debut on Australia Day when winning the Listed Blue Diamond (Colts & Geldings) Preview (1000m) by three and a half lengths in a roaring effort.

He quickly burned up the all-in Blue Diamond Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au following the third acceptances last week and was sitting near the top of the markets that are led by smart fillies Secret Agenda ($4.80) and Fontiton ($5).

The Blue Diamond dream for an obviously upset Griffiths however has died along with the young horse who was set to race again in the $120,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 14.

“Why a fit, young colt who was trotting and cantering and had come through his run (Blue Diamond Preview) incredibly well would have a heart attack, I don’t know,” Griffiths told TVN.

“It doesn’t make sense, but these things never do. He was jumping out of his skin, he was just trotting and cantering then fell over and died.

“I’d never been so confident heading into a Diamond. He just came through his run so well.

“It’s an amazing emotional roller-coaster this business. You think what a fairy tale story, we’d found a horse with a stallion’s pedigree for $40,000.

“He’d won his first start so well, we’re looking like we’re a big chance in the Diamond and the ride lasted just a second. We don’t even get the chance to have little Burnstones.

“To just take it off you like that, it doesn’t seem fair. It seems very cruel.”

Also saddened by the loss was jockey Damian Lane who rode him to victory in the Blue Diamond Preview and had him tipped as a genuine Group 1 hope this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

“It’s a real shame, he had so much more to offer,” he said.

With Burnstone out Griffiths still officially has five two-year-olds in the Blue Diamond mix.

The next best fancied of his contingent is Deja Blue paying $21 in the current Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.

The Denman filly is yet to race but won her only trial on January 29 by an impressive two lengths.

Her maiden run is scheduled for this weekend at Sandown-Hillside in the $250,000 2YO Inglis Premier (1000m), the sales-restricted race chosen by Griffiths for her over the $150,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at the same meeting for which she was also nominated.

To get behind Griffiths’ remaining Blue Diamond Stakes hopes and check out the updated markets after the sad news this morning of Burnstone’s passing, visit our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field