Blue Diamond Stakes

The Neds 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.

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Daumier
  • 2nd: #11 Revolutionary Miss
  • 3rd: #6 Jacquinot



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

The Group 1 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 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 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 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 26, 2022 and was won in an upset by the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Preview winner Daumier. 

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes
Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 results will be published below as soon as the $1.5 million feature takes place on Saturday February 26, 2022.

  • 1st: #3 Daumier ($20)
  • 2nd: #11 Revolutionary Miss
  • 3rd: #6 Jacquinot

Preview winner Daumier ($20) was outstanding with the blinkers going on, improving on a third in the Prelude to hold off a fast-finishing Revolutionary Miss ($4.60) and the beaten favourite Jacquinot ($4.40F) to narrowly head the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the impressive upset win by Daumier in the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 DAUMIER Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 5 57kg $20
2 11 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 0.1L 11 55kg $4.60
3 6 JACQUINOT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 0.4L 10 57kg $4.40F
4 4 SEBONACK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 1.15L 8 57kg $6.50
5 1 SEMILLION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 1.35L 15 57kg $21
6 14 ENGLISH RIVIERA Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 1.45L 4 55kg $17
7 8 MERCHANT PRINCE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2.45L 12 57kg $101
8 5 COUNTTHEHEADLIGHTS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 2.65L 7 57kg $21
9 15 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 2.75L 1 55kg $16
10 12 MISS ROSEIANO Peter Gelagotis Jordan Childs 3.25L 9 55kg $8
11 7 RAMPANT LION Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 3.35L 6 57kg $26
12 13 KIKI EXPRESS Mathew Ellerton Damien Thornton 4.35L 3 55kg $81
13 10 HAFEY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 7.85L 13 57kg $18
14 16 SEVEN SISTERS James Cummings Fred Kersley 9.1L 14 55kg $26
15 9 FLASHING STEEL Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 11.35L 2 57kg $151
2 LOFTY STRIKE Julius Sandhu Jamie Mott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Blue Diamond Stakes tips for 2022 with the top three two-year-olds to back home in the Group 1 autumn classic.

  • Favourite: #6 Jacquinot ($5 at time of publish)
  • Best Bet: #11 Revolutionary Miss ($7 at time of publish) 
  • Best Roughie: #3 Daumier ($14 at time of publish)

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Betting Odds

The futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes field 2022 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.

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Field

The official 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 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Acceptances close at 9am (local time), Wednesday the 23rd of February, 2022. 

The original Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 field featured a full line-up two-year-olds including both Prelude winners Lofty Strike and Revolutionary Miss; and three runners for trainer Peter Moody who won the race back in 2009 with Reward For Effort.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes field and betting markets.

The official Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 barrier draw also took place on Tuesday with Lofty Strike in barrier 13, while the also undefeated Sebonack for Team Hawkes drew ideally with gate eight.

SCRATCHINGS UPDATE: #2 Lofty Strike (13) has been scratched from the Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 field due to lameness after failing to pass his final vet’s check. Click here for the full story.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1×2 SEMILLION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 16 57kg
2 11 LOFTY STRIKE Julius Sandhu Jamie Mott 13 57kg
3 13 DAUMIER Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 5 57kg
4 1 SEBONACK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 8 57kg
5 14 COUNTTHEHEADLIGHTS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 7 57kg
6 15 JACQUINOT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 10 57kg
7 3×2 RAMPANT LION Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg
8 512 MERCHANT PRINCE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 57kg
9 338 FLASHING STEEL Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 2 57kg
10 1 HAFEY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 14 57kg
11 221 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 11 55kg
12 12 MISS ROSEIANO Peter Gelagotis Jordan Childs 9 55kg
13 15×7 KIKI EXPRESS Mathew Ellerton Damien Thornton 3 55kg
14 23 ENGLISH RIVIERA Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 4 55kg
15 42 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 1 55kg
16 214 SEVEN SISTERS James Cummings Fred Kersley 15 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

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

View the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

The 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations attracted 1594 yearlings.

2022 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 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations closed in mid-November, 2021 leaving 933 early entries – up from 841 the previous season. 

View the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2022 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.

2022 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.

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 placegetters going back to 2000.

Recent Blue Diamond Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
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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