The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2018 takes centre stage at Caulfield Racecourse today, Saturday February 24, the latest Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival race scratchings and track report detailed below.
Caulfield Track Report – 24/02/2018
- Rail: Out 3m Entire Circuit
- Weather: Showers
- Track Type: Turf
- Track Rating: Good (3)
- Irrigation: 4mm last 24hrs; 42mm last 7 days
- Rainfall: Nil last 24 hrs; 1.2mm last 7 days
There is rain forecast in Melbourne today with the bulk of the wet weather to hit just when the Group racing action at Caulfield kicks off, meaning there could be a downgrade to the current Good (3) track rating.
Blue Diamond Day racing starts at 12:30pm (AEDT) with the Listed $120,000 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) featuring 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and continues through until the 2018 Peter Young Stakes field of Australian Cup hopefuls do battle in Race 9 at 5:25pm (AEDT).
Punters are treated to a triple-shot of Group 1 racing action across the afternoon starting with the weight-for-age 2018 Futurity Stakes (Race 6) where all 11 original acceptors remain in the mix including the Darren Weir-trained favourite Brave Smash ($3.80).
The day’s marquee race is next on the card with a smart field of juveniles making their elite level debut in the 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (Race 7).
The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes field runs at a capacity 16 starters with the first two emergencies Aristocratic Miss and More Than Exceed coming in for the scratched duo of #5 Ollivander and #7 Native Soldier.
There is also a spot for the Darren Weir-trained first emergency Quilista (4) in the Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate 2018 field (Race 8) after the withdrawal of #7 Savanna Amour (20) who was drawn the outside.
See below for the full Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2018 race program, Caulfield scratchings and Saturday Group 1 racing tips before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au.
Caulfield Scratchings – 24/02/2018
Total Scratchings: 12
Race 1 (12:30pm) – Listed $120,000 Ladbrokes Mornington Prelude (2000m)
- #7 Angelology (8)
Race 2 (1:05pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Heritage Finance Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m)
- #2 Peruggia (14)
Race 3 (1:40pm) – Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Zeditave Stakes (1200m)
- #9 Poseidon’s Pool (5)
Race 4 (2:15pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Ladbrokes Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m)
- No current scratchings.
Race 5 (2:50pm) – Group 3 $150,000 Premier Signs Mannerism Stakes (1400m)
- #5 Exocet (3)
- #8 Petition (5)
Race 6 (3:25pm) – Group 1 $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m)
No current scratchings.
Race 7 (4:05pm) – Group 1 $1,500,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m)
- #5 Ollivander (3)
- #7 Native Soldier (20)
- #19e Roobeena (13)
- #20e Melveen (11)
Race 8 (4:45pm) – Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate (1100m)
- #7 Savanna Amour (20)
- #20e Olivier (1)
Race 9 (5:25pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes (1800m)
- #8 The Taj Mahal (10)
*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change
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