Of The Brave Leads 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Nominations

This Saturday there are two Blue Diamond Preludes running for girls and boys to get their final chance to impress before the $1 million feature race runs on February 28.

Of The Brave tops the 17 nominated colts and geldings for this Saturday's Blue Diamond Prelude.

Of The Brave tops the 17 nominated colts and geldings for this Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Running on CF Orr Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse, the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for colts and geldings has attracted a strong field of 17 juveniles.

Headlining the nominations is Mark Riley’s Of The Brave, who won his debut back in October with the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m). The colt has yet to have another start since then but did impress in a three length winning barrier trial at the end of January.

Of The Brave is also the highest rated boy in the Blue Diamond futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au. The colt is currently on the fourth line of betting at $11, behind Fontiton ($4.40), Secret Agenda ($4.60), and Heatherly ($9) – which are all fillies.

With a bevy of homegrown juveniles in their cohort, racing giant Godolphin could dominate the field with three nominations. Their trainer John O’Shea could have his hands full in the $150,000 race in the form of Bantam, Sampeah, and Demonstrate.

Bantam finished fifth to Prompt Return on debut in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) last November before winning the Adapt Australia Handicap (1000m) later that month ahead of Miss Idyllic.

Sampeah won his only start back in October, the Tab.com.au Plate (1100m), while Demonstrate just missed out on a placing in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for colts and geldings on January 26.

Both Mick Price and Peter Moody could deliver dual-pronged attacks on the race after nominating two juveniles each.

Price is represented in the nominations by Blue Diamond Preview minor placer Kirabo and Stylish Assassin while Peter Moody has nominated Inglis Banner (1000m) third Braccenby and debut runner Chase The Horizon.

Check out the complete list of 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) nominations below before the final field is released on Wednesday.

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2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 OF THE BRAVE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mark Riley 1 55.5kg 72
2 BANTAM Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John O’Shea 2 55.5kg 68
3 RAGAZZO DEL CORSA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien 3 55.5kg 68
4 SAMPEAH John O’Shea 4 55.5kg 68
5 ICEFLOW Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 55.5kg 66
6 BRACCENBY Peter G Moody 6 55.5kg 64
7 TOP ME UP Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 55.5kg 65
8 GREDINGTON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Pat Hyland 8 55.5kg 63
9 KIRABO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price 9 55.5kg 64
10 PRIDE OF DUBAI Peter & Paul Snowden 10 55.5kg 63
11 CALL ME ANYTHING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 11 55.5kg 62
12 DEMONSTRATE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John O’Shea 12 55.5kg 62
13 TRENCH FIGHTER Robbie Laing 13 55.5kg 60
14 BLACK VANQUISH Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Tom Hughes 14= 55.5kg
15 CHASE THE HORIZON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Peter G Moody 14= 55.5kg
16 EXTRA CHOICE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14= 55.5kg
17 STYLISH ASSASSIN Mick Price 14= 55.5kg 60


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