Blue Diamond Stakes

The $2 million 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.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Hayasugi
  • 2nd: #13 Lady Of Camelot
  • 3rd: #14 Kuroyanagi




The Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria’s premier sprint race for two year old horses, offering $2 million in prize money as of 2023.

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

*In 2023 the Blue Diamond Stakes Day program ran at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park Lakeside course. 

As a set-weights race the colts and geldings in the Blue Diamond Stakes field are required to carry 55.5kg and fillies must carry 53kg. The winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes takes home $1.2 million in prize money plus a trophy worth $15,000.

The 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 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes form was franked with the third place-getter Jacquinot going on to win the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) in Sydney during the spring.

History was made in the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes with Hayasugi becoming just the second filly ever to complete the Preview – Prelude – Blue Diamond Stakes treble along with Midnight Fever (1987).

The 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 24, 2024 and was won in a historical late thriller by Clinton McDonald’s Preview – Prelude winning filly Hayasugi ($16). 

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes
Date: Saturday February 24, 2024
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 results will be published below as soon as the $2 million feature takes place on Saturday February 24, 2024.

  • 1st: #11 Hayasugi ($16)
  • 2nd: #13 Lady Of Camelot
  • 3rd: #14 Kuroyanagi

Trainer Clinton McDonald’s pre-race confidence proved justified as his underestimated Preview-Prelude winning filly, Hayasugi ($16), unleashed a powerful finishing burst in the final 50 meters to overtake her rivals and claim a historic treble. Hayasugi’s upset victory led an all-filly first four in the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes results at Caulfield

Click here to read more on the fast finishing upset in the Blue Diamond Stakes by Hayasugi.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 HAYASUGI Clinton McDonald Ms Jamie Kah 10 55kg $16
2 13 LADY OF CAMELOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.2L 4 55kg $4.40
3 14 KUROYANAGI Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 1.2L 2 55kg $11
4 12 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 1.3L 5 55kg $12
5 5 STAY FOCUSED Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 1.4L 13 57kg $12
6 10 FEARLESS Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 1.9L 14 57kg $31
7 15 MATISSE Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 2.4L 1 55kg $19
8 7 TRAFFIC WARDEN James Cummings Craig Williams 2.5L 12 57kg $31
9 8 HIGH OCTANE Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 2.9L 9 57kg $8
10 1 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Chad Schofield 3L 15 57kg $61
11 2 SPYWIRE Ciaron Maher John Allen 3.4L 16 57kg $17
12 6 DUBLIN DOWN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 3.6L 3 57kg $101
13 4 COLEMAN Matt Laurie Ben Melham 3.7L 6 57kg $3.40F
14 17e IN HER EYES Leon & Troy Corstens Blaike McDougall 5.2L 8 55kg $81
15 16 FLYER Jason Warren Jye McNeil 5.5L 11 55kg $151
16 9 ZESTIMAN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Declan Bates 7.25L 7 57kg $81
18e ALTERMATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy 0
3 BODYGUARD Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Betting Odds

The futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes field 2024 courtesy of 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.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with the winner Daumier saluting at Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $20.

There was also an upset Blue Diamond Stakes result in 2024 with Hayasugi saluting at $16 despite having won the fillies’ Preview – Prelude double in the lead-up.

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2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Blue Diamond Stakes tips for 2024 with the top three two-year-olds to back home in the Group 1 autumn classic.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2024 BLUE DIAMOND STAKES TIPS & BEST BETS

  • To Win: #13 Lady Of Camelot ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Blue Diamond field boasts its usual firepower, and Lady Of Camelot from the Waterhouse/Bott stable is deservedly attracting attention. This classy filly embarks on her third career start, taking on the boys after a dominant 2.88-length victory in the Group 3 Widden Stakes at Rosehill. While missing the traditional Melbourne Prelude lead-up, her raw talent shines through. The 1200m distance shouldn’t trouble her based on her recent win, and gate four gives her a dream launchpad. Lady Of Camelot has the potential to cause an upset and demands attention in this wide-open contest.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Field

The official Blue Diamond Stakes field and barrier draw are released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday 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 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Acceptances close at 9am (local time), Wednesday the 21st of February, 2024. 

The stage is set for a clash of the two-year-old titans in the Blue Diamond Stakes 2024! A capacity field of 16 promising juveniles is ready to battle it out for the coveted $2 million prize at Caulfield including Clinton McDonald’s filly Hayasugi, aiming for the historical feat of triple crown glory after victories in the Fillies’ Preview and Prelude races. Coleman heads betting as an undefeated colt coming off a Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes victory, while there is also money for Lady Of Camelot from the Waterhouse/Bott stable. This Blue Diamond promises to be an electrifying sprint showdown, packed with talent and ambition.

The official 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw took place on Tuesday afternoon with the favourites Bodyguard (6) who has subsequently been scratched, Coleman (7), and Lady Of Camelot (4) all drawing favourably.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 field and betting markets.

UPDATE: Bodyguard Scratched from Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 Field.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 42×2 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Chad Schofield 17 57kg 77
2 1213 SPYWIRE Ciaron Maher John Allen 18 57kg 75
3 1×1 BODYGUARD Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 6 57kg 83
4 1×1 COLEMAN Matt Laurie Ben Melham 7 57kg 83
5 12 STAY FOCUSED Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 15 57kg 77
6 421x DUBLIN DOWN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 3 57kg 74
7 213 TRAFFIC WARDEN James Cummings Craig Williams 14 57kg 74
8 15 HIGH OCTANE Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 10 57kg 72
9 15 ZESTIMAN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Declan Bates 8 57kg 70
10 4×2 FEARLESS Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 16 57kg
11 25×11 HAYASUGI Clinton McDonald Ms Jamie Kah 11 55kg 83
12 21×2 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 5 55kg 76
13 4×1 LADY OF CAMELOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 55kg 80
14 12 KUROYANAGI Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 2 55kg 72
15 33 MATISSE Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 1 55kg 71
16 1 FLYER Jason Warren Jye McNeil 13 55kg 64
17e 27 IN HER EYES Leon & Troy Corstens Blaike McDougall 9 55kg 63
18e 3×5 ALTERMATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy 12 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

The very first Blue Diamond Stakes nominations of yearlings close in August the previous year.

View the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

The 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations attracted 1473 yearlings and can be viewed in full here

2024 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.

View the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2024 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 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes second acceptances closed at 12pm on Tuesday the 2nd of January, 2024 and attracted 364 runners led in all-in betting by three-length Inglis Banner winning filly Bold Bastille. 

Click here to view the full 2024 Blue Diamond second acceptances.

2024 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 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes third acceptances closed on January 30, 2024 with 80 two-year-old contenders still in the mix with futures markets led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s Blue Diamond Preview winning Deep Field colt High Octane. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3x AARDVARK C 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
2 5x ALINEA F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
3 3x ALTERMATUM F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
4 AMEENA F 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
5 1x ANODE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
6 BARBARIC LAD C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
7 BITTERCREEK C 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
8 BLACKBERRY BOMB F 2 Simon Zahra
9 1x BODYGUARD C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 1x BOLD BASTILLE F 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
11 6 BOSUSTOW C 2 Annabel Neasham
12 CARDIOLOGIST C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
13 2 CASTANYA F 2 Annabel Neasham
14 CELERITY F 2 James Cummings
15 CHATEAU MIRAVAL F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
16 COASTAL ABBEY F 2 Andrew Angelone
17 1x COLEMAN C 2 Matt Laurie
18 57 COOL STAR F 2 Tetyana Furdetska
19 3x COUNTEROFFENSIVE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
20 5 DEPUTIZE C 2 Annabel Neasham
21 DRIFTING F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
22 421x DUBLIN DOWN C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
23 EJECT C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
24 21x ENEEZA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
25 8124 ERNO’S CUBE F 2 Ciaron Maher
26 5 ESPINHO C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
27 EVAPORATE (NZ) C 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
28 EXCELINDEED C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
29 4x FEARLESS C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
30 2x FLATTERED F 2 Patrick Payne
31 FLYER F 2 Jason Warren
32 2 FROEBEL STAR F 2 Ciaron Maher
33 1 FULLY LIT C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
34 GROWING EMPIRE C 2 Ciaron Maher
35 25×1 HAYASUGI F 2 Clinton McDonald
36 1 HIGH OCTANE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
37 2 HOLMES A COURT C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
38 I AM SEZ F 2 Bjorn Baker
39 2 IN HER EYES F 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
40 3 INNERVISIONS C 2 Annabel Neasham
41 2 JUVIANCE F 2 Gavin Bedggood
42 1 KUROYANAGI F 2 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea
43 LA ROJA F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
44 4x LADY OF CAMELOT F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
45 4 LET’SFACETHEMUSIC C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
46 LIGHT FOOT F 2 Pat Widdup
47 MAGIC PRINCESS F 2 David & Coral Feek
48 MANOS C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
49 3 MATISSE F 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
50 MR ZEUS C 2 Alex Rae
51 31x ODINSON C 2 Ciaron Maher
52 6x PIERIS C 2 Robbie Laing
53 PLEA C 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans
54 PRESIDENT C 2 Chris Waller
55 1 PRO FORMA C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
56 3x PROST C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
57 PUSHPA F 2 Annabel Neasham
58 QATARS CHOICE F 2 Ciaron Maher
59 RAILWAY MAN C 2 Ciaron Maher
60 42x RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
61 05x SCAMPI C 2 Ciaron Maher
62 4 SHEHUNGTHEMOON F 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
63 1213 SPYWIRE C 2 Ciaron Maher
64 1 STAY FOCUSED C 2 Phillip Stokes
65 2x1x STRAIGHT CHARGE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
66 SUPERCILIOUS F 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
67 1 SWITZERLAND C 2 Chris Waller
68 TIPPYTAY F 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans
69 2 TOBEORNOTTOBE F 2 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
70 1 TOO DARN LIZZIE F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
71 21x TRAFFIC WARDEN C 2 James Cummings
72 2 TRUNK C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
73 VERLANDER C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
74 VILLE DE LUMIERE F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
75 5 VIXENETTE F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
76 WAGE RISE F 2 Andrew Angelone
77 WAVE BREAKER F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
78 WHISKEY C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
79 5×110 WOLFGANG C 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans
80 1 ZESTIMAN C 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 Dwayne 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.

Anthony & Sam Freedman prepared three of the four Blue Diamond Stakes winners from 2019 – 2022 with Lyre (2019), Artorious (2021), and Daumier (2022).

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

The 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes was moved from Caulfield to Sandown (Lakeside).

The 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Hayasugi made history becoming just the second filly in history to complete the series’ treble.

Recent Blue Diamond Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Hayasugi 1 minute 09.56 seconds
2nd Lady Of Camelot
3rd Kuroyanagi
2023
Blue Diamond Stakes
(Run at Sandown, Lakeside)
1st Little Brose 1 minute 10.00 seconds
2nd Don Corleone
3rd Arkansaw Kid
2022
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Daumier 1 minute 09.76 seconds
2nd Revolutionary Miss
3rd Jacquinot
2021
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Artorius 1 minute 09.57 seconds
2nd Ingratiating
3rd Anamoe
2020
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Tagaloa 1 minute 08.56 seconds
2nd Hanseatic
3rd Personal
2019
Blue Diamond Stakes
1st Lyre 1 minute 9.39 seconds
2nd Lankan Star
3rd Free Of Debt
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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