Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes is the top Group 1 for two-year-olds held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival at Caulfield Racecourse in late February.

2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Written By
  • 2nd: #10 Enbihaar
  • 3rd: #16 Oohood



The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria’s premier sprint race for two year old horses, offering an unmatched $1.5 million in prize money.

The Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes is held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse each February during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and is run over a sprint distance of 1200m.

As a set-weights race the colts and geldings in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes field are required to carry 55.5kg and fillies must carry 53kg. The winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes takes home $900,000 in prize money plus a trophy worth $15,000.

The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day features a total of three elite level autumn races being accompanied on the card by the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

The 2018  Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 24, 2018 and was won by the favourite Written By.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes
Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Written By
  • 2nd: #10 Enbihaar
  • 3rd: #16 Oohood

See below for the official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the dominant win by the well-supported favourite Written By who had two and a half lengths to spare on the second placed filly Enbihaar, both coming off respective Blue Diamond Prelude wins.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 15 56.5kg $5.50F
2 10 ENBIHAAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 2.5L 16 54.5kg $21
3 16 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 2.7L 9 54.5kg $9
4 4 PRAIRIE FIRE Mick Price Mark Zahra 3.95L 1 56.5kg $8.50
5 6 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Damian Lane 4.05L 12 56.5kg $13
6 17e ARISTOCRATIC MISS Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 4.55L 14 54.5kg $101
7 15 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5.3L 13 54.5kg $20
8 12 LADY HORSEOWNER Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 8.05L 10 54.5kg $51
9 13 ENNIS HILL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 8.8L 3 54.5kg $7.50
10 18e MORE THAN EXCEED (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 8.9L 7 56.5kg $61
11 11 KINKY BOOM Tony McEvoy Craig Williams 9.65L 11 54.5kg $9
12 1 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 11.15L 6 56.5kg $8.50
13 9 GRAND SYMPHONY Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 12.9L 4 56.5kg $101
14 8 PLAGUE STONE James Cummings Ben Melham 13L 5 56.5kg $8.50
15 3 RUN NAAN Tony McEvoy Andrew Mallyon 13.1L 2 56.5kg $31
16 14 CROSSING THE ABBEY Tim Hughes Luke Nolen 16.6L 8 54.5kg $101
20e MELVEEN Henry Dwyer Damien Thornton 0
19e ROOBEENA Tony McEvoy 0
7 NATIVE SOLDIER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0
5 OLLIVANDER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 0

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #13 Ennis Hill
  • 2nd: #4 Prairie Fire
  • 3rd: #1 Long Leaf

Check out our full 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips & Exotic Selections now.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide

Check out our insider Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Betting Odds

The futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes field 2018 courtesy of the race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below with all-in pricing on the hopeful two-year-olds heading towards the autumn Group 1 classic as soon as announced.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Field

The official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes field and barrier draw are released by Racing Victoria the Tuesday before the race.

The Blue Diamond Stakes field is determined after three rounds of earlier declarations that take place from November of the year before. Final Blue Diamond Stakes acceptances cost connections a fee of $5,500.

The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Barriers are set for release at 9am (local time) on Tuesday February 20, 2018. 

The official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 Field has attracted a capacity line-up of two-year-olds including four for last year’s winning stable with the Lindsay Park contingent led by Long Leaf and the BD Fillies Prelude winner Enbihaar. Trainer Darren Weir saddles-up his first Blue Diamond starter with Native Soldier, while jockey Craig Williams chases successive wins jumping on the Tony McEvoy-trained co-favourite Kinky Boom.

Read more on the confirmed 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Horses & Jockeys.

The official Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 Barrier Draw is also now out with the rails run belonging to last Saturday’s Talindert Stakes winner Prairie Fire on the quick back-up. Suffering an early blow with a wide alley for the classic were the Prelude winners Written By (18) and Enbihaar (19). Long Leaf is now co-favourite with Plague Stone after the duo fared well in barriers seven and six respectively.

Read more on the official 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Barriers.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Field Update: Two early scratchings from the line-up – #5 Ollivander (3) and the widely-drawn Darren Weir-trained #7 Native Soldier (20) – sees the first two emergencies gain a start in the still capacity 16 horse Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11×1 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 7 56.5kg
2 1×1 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 18 56.5kg
3 11×35 RUN NAAN Tony McEvoy Andrew Mallyon 2 56.5kg
4 31 PRAIRIE FIRE Mick Price Mark Zahra 1 56.5kg
5 120 OLLIVANDER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 3 56.5kg
6 32×2 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Damian Lane 15 56.5kg
7 56113 NATIVE SOLDIER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 20 56.5kg
8 2×2 PLAGUE STONE James Cummings Ben Melham 6 56.5kg
9 2 GRAND SYMPHONY Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 5 56.5kg
10 11 ENBIHAAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 19 54.5kg
11 1 KINKY BOOM Tony McEvoy Craig Williams 14 54.5kg
12 11 LADY HORSEOWNER Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 12 54.5kg
13 41 ENNIS HILL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 4 54.5kg
14 4×126 CROSSING THE ABBEY Tim Hughes Luke Nolen 9 54.5kg
15 14x QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 16 54.5kg
16 2×32 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 10 54.5kg
17e 3×332 ARISTOCRATIC MISS Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 17 54.5kg
18e 2×1 MORE THAN EXCEED (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 8 56.5kg
19e 2×65 ROOBEENA Tony McEvoy TBA 13 54.5kg
20e 61 MELVEEN Henry Dwyer Damien Thornton 11 54.5kg

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

The very first Blue Diamond Stakes nominations close around early July the previous year.

The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes nominations attracted a record 1470 early entries that can be found on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations

Helping to narrow down the list of youngsters heading towards the Group 1 of the following February, the Blue Diamond Stakes first declarations or first acceptances close the November prior and traditionally feature around 500 – 600 youngsters.Connections are charged a $330 fee at first acceptance stage in the Blue Diamond Stakes, which is the same cost of the nominations of yearlings for the classic.

The 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes first acceptances closed at midday (local time) on Tuesday November 21, 2017.

View the 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations

The Blue Diamond Stakes field begins to take further shape when the Blue Diamond Stakes second declarations or acceptances close in early January, around one and a half months before Blue Diamond Stakes Day. Blue Diamond second declarations cost connections a $440 fee.

The 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes second acceptances closed at midday (local time) on Tuesday January 9, 2018. 

The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Second Acceptances attracted 220 hopefuls including Magic Millions 2YO Classic fancy Sunlight and a record 26 entries for last year’s winning stable Lindsay Park including pre-race favourite Qaflia.

Read more on the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Third Declarations

The third round of Blue Diamond Stakes declarations are the last before the final Blue Diamond Stakes field is announced the week of the race. Blue Diamond Stakes third declarations cost connections a fee of $660 and close in late January.

After third declarations but before the final field is released, connections have a final chance to enter their horses into the Blue Diamond Stakes field the Monday before the race at a hefty late entry fee of $55,000.

The 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes third acceptances closed at midday (local time) on Tuesday January 30, 2018.

The official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 Third Acceptances attracted a record-equalling 84 entries including Lindsay Park’s Blue Diamond C&G Preview winner Long Leaf and Tony McEvoy’s promising filly Oohood.

Read more on the 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Third Declarations.

Blue Diamond Stakes History & Records

First run in 1971 and won by Tolerance, the Blue Diamond Stakes went on to be claimed by sprinting champion Manikato in 1978.

Adding to the list of recent Blue Diamond Stakes records was jockey Dwane Dunn who managed his fourth consecutive win in the classic with Reaan in 2008 after winning with Sleek Chassis (2007), Nadeem (2006) and Undoubtedly (2005).

David Hayes has trained six Blue Diamond Stakes winners (since 1983) with: Mahassin (1990), Canonise (1991), Nadeem (2006), Sleek Chassis (2007) and Reaan (2008) along with Catchy (2017) in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.

See below for a full list of Blue Diamond Stakes winners and placegetters going back to 2000.

Recent Blue Diamond Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Written By 1 minute 9.86 seconds
2nd Enbihaar
3rd Oohood
2017
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Catchy 1 minute 09.38 seconds
2nd Pariah
3rd Formality
2016
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Extreme Choice 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Flying Artie
3rd Zamzam
2015
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Pride Of Dubai 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Reemah
3rd Lake Geneva
2014
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Earthquake 1 minute 09.87 seconds
2nd Jabali
3rd Cornrow
2013
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Miracles Of Life 1 minute 09.76 seconds
2nd Fast ‘N’ Rocking
3rd Godiva Rock
2012
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Samaready 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd No Looking Back
3rd Armed for Action
2011
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Sepoy 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Hallowell Belle
3rd Masthead
2010
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Star Witness 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Shaaheq
3rd Beneteau
2009
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Reward For Effort 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Real Saga
3rd Maka Ena
2008
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Reaan 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd All American
3rd Burgeis
2007
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Sleek Chassis 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Zizou
3rd Shrewd Rhythm
2006
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Nadeem 1 minute 12 seconds
2nd Miss Finland
3rd Wonderful World
2005
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Undoubtedly 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Seidnazar
3rd Perfectly Ready
2004
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Alinghi 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Wager
3rd World Peace
2003
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Kusi 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Halibery
3rd Divine Secret
2002
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Bel Esprit 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Brief Embrace
3rd Pillaging
2001
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st True Jewels 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd La Lagune
3rd Spectatorial
2000
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Road To Success 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Ponton Flyer
3rd Mannington

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