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Injured Secret Agenda Out of 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

Injured Secret Agenda Out of 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

It will be at least three months before promising filly Secret Agenda returns to racings, a 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes bid off for the Mick Price-trained youngster who was injured during Saturday’s Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude. A rowdy rendition of the $200,000 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m) at Caulfield over the weekend was…

Of The Brave Wins Blue Diamond Prelude C&G in Photo Finish

Of The Brave Wins Blue Diamond Prelude C&G in Photo Finish

Talented two-year-old Of The Brave has stamped his claims as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes prospect at Caulfield this afternoon; displaying a good enough sprint to hold of a flying Pride Of Dubai in a photo finish in the Group 3 Blue Diamond C&G (1100m). Jumping from the gates well, Of The Brave immediately charged…

2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Betting Update

2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Betting Update

16 colts and geldings plus one emergency accepted for the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m), running at Caulfield this Saturday, as they prepare for the main event in two weeks’ time. Despite the maximum capacity field, just three of the juveniles are offering single figure odds in the betting market at . Mark Riley’s…

2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Field & Barrier Draw

2015 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Field & Barrier Draw

A capacity field of 16 runners plus one emergency accepted for the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for colts and geldings on Wednesday morning. The $150,000 race is one of seven Group races running in support of the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, marking the return of Group One…

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

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. 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…

Godolphin Strengthen 2015 Blue Diamond Bid with Sampeah

Godolphin Strengthen 2015 Blue Diamond Bid with Sampeah

Two-year-old colt Sampeah will be deployed from Godolphin’s Sydney stable tonight, heading south to Melbourne ahead of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 28. Sampeah is one of eight Godolphin juveniles nominated for the $1 million feature race at Caulfield, strengthening his chances with a solid trial at Randwick on Monday. The…

Smerdon Keeping Thurlow Options Open Following 2015 Chairman’s Stakes

Smerdon Keeping Thurlow Options Open Following 2015 Chairman’s Stakes

Robert Smerdon will have a better understanding of Thurlow’s autumn campaign following her run in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on Saturday. While the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) is a possibility for the filly, Smerdon would rather target her towards an easier race considering stable mate Fontiton is…

Williams Happy with Thurlow Trial Ahead of 2015 Chairman’s Stakes

Williams Happy with Thurlow Trial Ahead of 2015 Chairman’s Stakes

Two-year-old filly Thurlow is one of 29 juveniles nominated for the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown Racecourse on Saturday following a pleasing barrier trial last week. Both Thurlow and imported stayer Noble Protector were put through their paces by jockey Craig Williams in trials at Cranbourne last Thursday. While the two horses finished…

84 Remain in Contention for 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

84 Remain in Contention for 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

Third declarations closed for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) Monday afternoon, with 84 juveniles remaining in contention for the $1 million race – the largest number in the past six years. Fillies continue to dominate the declarations, holding 43 of the 84 entries. Following Blue Diamond Previews for each gender at Sandown on…

Moonee Valley Winner Bantam Targets 2015 Blue Diamond

Moonee Valley Winner Bantam Targets 2015 Blue Diamond

Two-year-old colt Bantam won his maiden on Saturday in the ADAPT Australia Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley and will now be aimed towards the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28. The colt did well to win Saturday’s race, which was ultimately a three-way photo finish, ahead of Miss…