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The powerhouse Lindsay Park stable have another very strong hand heading into the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes after the Prelude win by their untapped filly Enbihaar on C.F. Orr Stakes Day.
Last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival the team, made up by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, prepared Catchy (2017) for her success in the Group 2 $200,000 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) and Group 1 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.
Twelve months on and the stable is looking at potential back-to-back Blue Diamond Stakes wins after the lead-up Prelude win by Magnus filly Enbihaar.
On debut Enbihaar travelled to Adelaide on January 20 and was impressive winning over 1000m at Morphettville Parks by a half-length.
That and a subsequent winning hit-out at home over a class two-year-old stablemate gave the team confidence heading into the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude according to co-trainer Ben Hayes.
“She has [always shown Blue Diamond potential],” Hayes told the media post-win.
“Today she was sitting just off the speed but was very strong through the line so we’re thrilled.”
Ridden by Stephen Baster, Enbihaar was a market mover second-up backed in from $15 to $10 and retained her undefeated status with a half-length win over the beaten favourite Oohood ($4).
“She’s a bit new, think she’s still got improvement in her so a very good quality filly,” Baster said.
“They [Lindsay Park] do a great job with their babies.
“I’m just wrapped to be a part of it.”
Tony McEvoy’s I Am Invincible filly Oohood survived a pre-race scare, rearing in the barriers and trying to get her front legs over the petition.
She came out and was vetted, but passed fit to run and settled second last after the jump as the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude field was led around by her stablemate Lake District Girl.
Damian Lane had the ride on the front-runner, Not A Single Doubt filly Lake District Girl coming off a sixth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000,) from January 27.
She retained her position in the lead, eventual winner Enbihaar tracking nicely in second along the inside, into the home straight.
With 200m left to travel, Enbihaar surged into the lead tackling Lake District Girl and surviving the flashing-finish from Oohood who did all the work late to rattle home for the second placing.
Lake District Girl just missed out on a spot in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) trifecta despite hold for third after the successful protest of fourth-past-the-post Hinchinbrook filly Seabrook ($16) who officially snared third for dual Blue Diamond winning trainer Mick Price.
Lindsay Park’s Blue Diamond (C&G) Preview winning colt Long Leaf remains favourite in pre-field Blue Diamond Stakes betting for February 24 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Hayes also suggested he was still their two-year-old to beat in the Group 1, but that fillies including Enbihaar could give him a run for his money.
“I’d go Long Leaf still, I think the natural improvement in him has been excellent,” he said.
“But we’ve got a lot of nice fillies behind him that can run well in the race too.”
Enbihaar is into $15 in futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds to emulate the double of Catchy.
Check out the latest Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 betting markets now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 2 – 10/02/2018
|1||3||ENBIHAAR||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Stephen Baster||–||4||55.5kg|
|2||2||OOHOOD||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||0.5L||5||55.5kg|
|3||7||SEABROOK (NZ)||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||0.8L||3||55.5kg|
|4||10||LAKE DISTRICT GIRL||Tony McEvoy||Damian Lane||0.9L||9||55.5kg|
|5||6||LA PARVA||James Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||1.65L||1||55.5kg|
|6||1||CROSSING THE ABBEY||Tim Hughes||Beau Mertens||2.4L||8||55.5kg|
|7||9||PURE ELATION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Michael Walker||2.9L||10||55.5kg|
|8||8||DOWNLOADS||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||3L||6||55.5kg|
|9||5||ANGEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||4.25L||2||55.5kg|
|10||11||DIAMOND REFLECTION||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||8.25L||7||55.5kg|
|11||4||AL NAIFA||Tony McEvoy||Craig Williams||9.25L||11||55.5kg|
|–||13||SUNDARBANS (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Winks||–||0||–|
|–||12||PERSUADER||Mick Price||Andrew Mallyon||–||0||–|
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