2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw: Extreme Choice in 13

Red hot favourite for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse, the Mick Price-trained Extreme Choice has suffered an early blow drawing wide with barrier 13.

Extreme Choice

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Extreme Choice has drawn wide in barrier 13 to continue his unbeaten streak at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity field of two-year-olds run in the $1.5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne this weekend including Price’s undefeated son of Not A Single Doubt Extreme Choice.

The smart colt was last seen running away to win the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) on February 6 by over four lengths from barrier six of seven, but he faces a much tougher assignment stepping up to elite level class.

He came up with barrier 13 for jockey Craig Newitt, aboard the galloper for the first time in the Blue Diamond Stakes, but will come into 11 if the three emergencies fail to gain a start.

Two of the past six Blue Diamond Stakes winners however jumped from double-digit gates with Star Witness (14 in 2010) and Earthquake (15 in 2014).

Barrier 13 produced recent winners Reaan (2008) and Reward For Effort (2009), while gate 11 last produced a winner back in 2003 with the John Hawkes-trained Kusi.

Price’s other runner and second favourite in Blue Diamond Stakes betting, Flying Artie is drawn even wider out in barrier 17 (into 15), giving the progressive Blue Diamond (C&G) Prelude winner a tough task again after he overcame gate 13 of 13 to win last time out.

Despite the wide draws Extreme Choice ($2.80) and Flying Artie ($3.70) remain the dominant picks through race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

Price’s third runner China Dream has gate 14 with Glen Boss aboard the Snitzel colt who ran third in the Blue Diamond Prelude last time out and is at a roughie’s price of $41 for the upset on Saturday.

Last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai jumped from barrier 4 (of 14), the barrier drawn by the Tony McEvoy-trained Hey Doc on Saturday who Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson is over to ride.

Since 1983 the most successful Blue Diamond Stakes barrier producing five winners is barrier four, and Hey Doc could lose the gate coming into three with second emergency Seaburge allocated barrier two.

That would pave the way for the Phillip Stokes-trained Samara Dancer, currently drawn gate five, to come into the coveted barrier as she looks to retain her undefeated status.

The Adelaide-based daughter of Hinchinbrook is two-from-two to date and took out the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies at the track last start.

She now shoots for the double recently achieved by Earthquake (2014) and Samaready (2012).

Samara Dancer is the $9 fourth favourite in Blue Diamond betting, the other best fancied filly being Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude runner-up Concealer ($6.50) who also hails from South Australia.

The Tony McEvoy-trained Group 3 Melbourne winner is drawn a treat in barrier six one outside her last start conqueror and Mark Zahra retains the ride.

Other big winners in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival include David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s last start winner at the track and distance Valliano (8), Power Trip (9) who beat home Flying Artie last year before unplaced runs in the Preview (4th) and Prelude (6th) this time in, and Star Turn (10).

Star Witness colt Star Turn represents Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes and comes off a second to Flying Artie in the Group 3 lead-up from a fortnight ago.

Check out the full 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes barriers below then head to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your picks at the hottest odds!

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw

Caulfield Racecourse – 27/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Craig Newitt 13 56.5kg 77
2 325×1 VALLIANO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 8 56.5kg 73
3 2×1 FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 78
4 31×2 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg 73
5 1×46 POWER TRIP John McArdle Jamie Mott 9 56.5kg 72
6 9×1202 HIGHLAND BEAT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Luke Currie 12 56.5kg 66
7 110 HELL OF AN EFFORT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 56.5kg 68
8 124 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Opie Bosson 4 56.5kg 67
9 33 CHINA DREAM Mick Price Glen Boss 14 56.5kg 70
10 1×1 SAMARA DANCER (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 5 54.5kg 78
11 1×2 CONCEALER Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 6 54.5kg 73
12 10×6 SWEET SHERRY Brent Stanley James Winks 16 54.5kg 72
13 26×0 KINETIC DESIGN Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 19 54.5kg 66
14 19 ZAMZAM David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 7 54.5kg 67
15 63 MISS NYMERIA Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 3 54.5kg 70
16 1 ARETI Robbie Griffiths Craig Williams 15 54.5kg 65
17e 44 SELENIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil (a) 18 54.5kg 65
18e 1 SEABURGE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig TBA 2 56.5kg 63
19e 4 REVOLVING DOOR Clinton McDonald TBA 11 56.5kg 63

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