A Beautiful Night Shines in Blue Diamond Fillies Preview

January 25, 2020

A Beautiful Night Shines in Blue Diamond Fillies Preview

A Beautiful Night has stamped her 2020 Blue Diamond credentials with an upset win in eye-catching fashion at Caulfield in Saturday’s $160,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m).

A Beautiful Night. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A Beautiful Night scored an upset win in the Blue Diamond Preview for fillies. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Following on from the runaway win by the Godolphin-raced favourite Hanseatic in the earlier race for colts and geldings, the Blue Diamond Preview for fillies was won in an upset by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained A Beautiful Night ($14).

The Night Of Thunder filly may have been forgotten by the punters despite a narrow win on New Year’s Day second-up to break her maiden stats at Flemington, but co-trainer Eustace said the stable had been confident all week.

“We were quite confident going into today, we thought she’d been underestimated a little bit,” he said post-win.

“She jumped very well…Johnny took the initiative and he rated her beautifully up in front and she did the rest.”

Away well from her good barrier five draw with John Allen in the saddle, A Beautiful Night found the fence to lead the field around saving all the ground.

Taking advantage of his mount’s gate speed and nice draw, Allen was able to lead from go to whoa sitting on top of the speed before A Beautiful Night gave a big kick at the 200m.

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained favourite Fresh, coming off a three length Geelong win on debut, meanwhile was four wide throughout before giving chase down the straight.

She ran out of room to completely close the gap however and had to settle for second, A Beautiful Night with a quarter-length to spare over Fresh ($3.60) on the line with a photo for third going the way of the winner’s stablemate Unstoppabelle ($21).

A Beautiful Night’s winning time of 57.27 seconds was an eleventh of a hundredth quicker than the colts and geldings.

“She’s just improved every run,” Allen said.

“She’ll get better the further she gets out.

“She certainly put her best foot forward today.

“She’s going super.”

Eustace confirmed plans to race A Beautiful Night in the Group 2 $200,000 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) on February 8 before the Group 1 $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.

“She handles her racing remarkably well,” he said.

A Beautiful Night has firmed right in from $61 to $19 in pre-field Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 odds at Ladbrokes.com.auavailable here.

2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 5 55kg $13
2 7 FRESH Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 0.4L 11 55kg $3.60F
3 3 UNSTOPPABELLE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 2.15L 1 55kg $21
4 1 BELLA NIPOTINA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 2.25L 7 55kg $19
5 6 AWARD WINNER Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2.35L 9 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $6
6 11 GEIST James Cummings Damian Lane 2.85L 12 55kg $7.50
7 9 SUPREME IDEA Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 3.05L 4 55kg $4.40
8 13 FRENCH FIELDS Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3.8L 13 55kg $19
9 14 MISS BANK PLACE Robbie Griffiths Beau Mertens 3.9L 8 55kg $61
10 17e DRONE STRIKE John McArdle Craig Williams 4.4L 6 55kg $26
11 16 SWEET AS SCANDI Robbie Griffiths Brett Prebble 4.8L 3 55kg $101
12 4 BOMBAY ROCKET Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 5.1L 10 55kg $17
13 10 MISS VENEZUELA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 8.35L 2 55kg $51
8 CHICAMO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 0
15 MISS BOSETTI Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Thompson 0
5 MARCHENA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 0
12 AQUAGIRL Phillip Stokes Ben Thompson 0

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