Robbie Griffiths’ Blue Diamond Stakes hopeful Deja Blue debuts at Sandown-Hillside on Saturday in the 2YO Inglis Premier 2015 and has opened top of the odds in the lucrative sales-restricted sprint.
One of 14 youngsters in the field for this year’s $250,000 2YO Inglis Premier (1000m), striking grey Denman filly Deja Blue is drawn in barrier nine for jockey Matthew Allen.
Allen takes over for track work rider Ivan Culliver who was aboard for the filly’s successful two length Cranbourne trial win over 800m on January 29.
Based on her form there and her continued acceptance for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28, Deja Blue has opened top of the Inglis Premier odds at Ladbrokes.com.au now paying $3.80 for the win.
That’s a firming price for the market mover who was at $4.20 earlier, money coming for the unraced but highly spruiked filly.
Second pick in the markets at $4.20 in from $4.60 is then Jameka with work to do from a wide barrier 13 draw with Craig Williams riding.
Ciaron Maher’s Myboycharlie filly debuted at Bendigo on December 21 over 900m and finished three quarters of a length off Parcel who is in good form for the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) this weekend after being scratched from a race at Moonee Valley last Friday after dumping jockey Chris Parnham.
In a relatively open Inglis Premier market there are then four other single figure hopes including Stoker and Moment Of Music both paying $7, and both drawn well in barriers four and two respectively.
The Tony McEvoy-trained Stoker jumps with Damien Oliver in the saddle for the Written Tycoon gelding’s third career start following a Moonee Valley second in December and a third last start at home at Morphettville Parks on January 24.
Moment Of Music is the best experienced of the field with three previous starts and boasts a good record of two wins and a second.
The victories have come back-to-back at Scone in November and then January over 1000m and 1100m, Saturday the Hinchinbrook filly’s first look at another track.
Following on $7.50 is then another Blue Diamond hopeful Keen Array in barrier 11 for David Hayes & Tom Daberning and then Manhattan Blues at $8 rounds out those under $10.
The second representative for Adelaide’s McEvoy, Manhattan Blues won on debut at home at the start of January before his last start sixth behind the ill-fated Burnstone, who sadly passed away from a suspected heart attack this week, in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) here at Sandown.
The only other galloper under 420 meanwhile is unraced Stryker filly Andrioli in gate eight for jockey Nicholas Hall who pays $16 for the win.
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