Robert Smerdon’s undefeated filly Fontition is at a firming price in the updated Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 betting markets for this Saturday’s Caulfield feature after coming up trumps with barrier one.
Gates for this weekend’s $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) were drawn on Tuesday morning with the clear favourite Fontition to jump from barrier one that Miracles Of Life won from in 2013.
The past three editions of the Blue Diamond Stakes, Victoria’s richest race for two-year-olds, have been won by fillies.
Now the bookmakers are tipping Smerdon’s daughter of Turffontein to do the same, the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview – Prelude double winner at $2.45 to win on the weekend.
Thirty years ago Smerdon won the Blue Diamond Stakes with raging favourite Let’s Get Physical who won the 1985 edition as an unbeaten two-year-old at the top of the markets.
He is hoping history can repeat itself on Saturday then with Fontiton impressing in her final piece of trackwork on Tuesday morning.
“She did some work on the Caulfield course proper this morning, she was pretty fit going into the Prelude so we have just been maintaining her,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
“She worked with (fellow Blue Diamond acceptor) Thurlow, they did pace work from the 800m, then strode up the straight (last 400m) in a bit under 23 seconds on the bridle together so I am pretty happy.
“Mark Zahra rode her and he was really happy with her, she has done all she needs to do now, so I just need to tick her over until Saturday.”
Following Fontition in the latest Blue Diamond Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are then just two other single figure hopes with Pride Of Dubai ($5.50) and Of The Brave ($9.50) who ran second and first respectively in the Group 3 Blue Diamond C&G Prelude (1100m) at the track a fortnight back.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai was a late entry into the race yesterday, at a cost of $55,000 to connections, the Street Cry colt drawn well in barrier five for Saturday.
Snowden has prepared two Blue Diamond Stakes winners in the past four years with Sepoy (2011) and Earthquake (2014) but under the Darley (now Godolphin) banner.
Prelude winner Of The Brave meanwhile jumps from barrier nine of 15 on Saturday, jockey Stephen Baster staying on, after the Mark Riley-trained Starspangledbanner colt won from gate 10 of 14 last time out.
Outside the top three in Blue Diamond betting are then a host of other livewire chances with claims for an upset at nice odds.
The next best in the markets are John O’Shea’s C&G Prelude third placegetter Sampeah and the Team Hawkes-trained Widden Stakes runner-up Lake Geneva both at $10 and drawn wide in barriers 12 and 11 respectively.
Also of note are the better fancied of Tony McEvoy’s two runners Stoker ($15) coming off a win in the Inglis Premier from February 7 and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Flamboyant Lass ($17) before the market opens right up.
Waterhouse is yet to prepare a Blue Diamond Stakes winner and her hope this year has the outside barrier, but Earthquake won from barrier 15 last year so all hope is not lost for Fillies Prelude third placegetter Flamboyant Lass.
Check out the latest Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 betting odds below, fixed win prices open at Ladbrokes.com.au who will be offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on your winnings for the juvenile’s classic on Saturday.