A talented and capacity field of sixteen two-year-olds will line up for this afternoon’s 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse, and with only hours until jump there has been plenty of movements in betting markets for the feature race.
Extreme Choice drifted in 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets after his allocation of the somewhat awkward barrier 13, but the Mick Price-trained colt has firmed back into Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $2.70 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Extreme Choice immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when debuting to racing for success in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) in December, and re-assured his Blue Diamond Stakes favouritism when returning this time for a near-six length win in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) three weeks ago.
Flying Artie has continued to drift steadily in 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets since his wide barrier allocation; blowing out from opening odds of $3.80 to current rest at $5.50 to win this afternoon.
Flying Artie debuted to racing for second in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on November 7th, but stamped himself as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes contender when overcoming barrier 13 to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) a fortnight ago.
Champion hoop Damien Oliver will again partner the talented son of Artie Schiller, who is more than worth consideration for a bet at current Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes odds.
Concealer has remained steady in 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets this week and represents terrific value for money at current $6 odds for success.
Tony McEvoy holds a particularly high opinion of Concealer, who debuted to racing on Melbourne Cup Day with success in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m).
Having savaged the line for a close second behind Samara Dancer in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) a fortnight ago, the daughter of Nicconi is drawn ideally in barrier 6 and will be partnered by in-form hoop Mark Zahra.
Samara Dancer interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes odds of less-than $10, and has continued to firm as clear market mover at a quote of $6.50 having opened at $9.
Samara Dancer undoubtedly rose to prominence through her last-start performance for success in the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies, but is undefeated in two career starts having debut for a three length success in the Dalziel Racing Plate (1050m) on November 28th.
Star Turn has firmed from Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $17 to $10, while there has also been some interest for Valliano ($26) and Zamzam ($26) at longer odds.
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2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Late Mail Tips
- Extreme Choice
- Flying Artie