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.

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: Tagaloa
  • 2nd: Hanseatic
  • 3rd: Personal



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 2020 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 22, 2020 and was won in an upset by $26 outsider Tagaloa. 

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes
Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 results will be published below as soon as the $1.5 million feature takes place on Saturday February 22, 2020.

    • 1st: #5 Tagaloa
    • 2nd: #2 Hanseatic
    • 3rd: #13 Personal

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained colt Tagaloa ($26) improved on a lead-up fourth in the Prelude to beat home the previously undefeated favourite Hanseatic ($2.60) in an upset Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 result.

Click here to read more on the shock 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa who has firmed notably in all-in Golden Slipper betting.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 4 56.5kg $26
2 2 HANSEATIC Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 0.2L 1 56.5kg $2.60F
3 13 PERSONAL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 0.95L 5 54.5kg $26
4 8 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.35L 10 54.5kg $10
5 12 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 2.35L 13 54.5kg $9.50
6 11 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 2.55L 3 54.5kg $5.50
7 3 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 3.3L 11 56.5kg $21
8 6 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.8L 7 56.5kg $6.50
9 9 A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 4.55L 2 54.5kg $61
10 14 RIVERINA STORM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 6 54.5kg $61
11 10 ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6L 8 54.5kg $26
12 1 IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 6.75L 15 56.5kg $91
13 4 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7.15L 12 56.5kg $91
14 7 GLENFIDDICH Robbie Griffiths Glen Boss 9.65L 9 56.5kg $81
15 16 DIFFICULT John Moloney Jordan Childs 29.65L 14 54.5kg $301
15 FAYERRA Anthony Cummings Michael Dee 0

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Blue Diamond Stakes tips for 2020 with the top three two-year-olds to back home in the Group 1 autumn classic.

#8 Away Game ($11 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) to win

Forgotten 2YO in the mix, the Magic Millions Classic winning filly has been in excellent form over the summer in Queensland and Sydney. Last start win in the Group 3 Widden Stakes was brilliant, but she needs to bring that form to Melbourne now. History shows that no Blue Diamond winner has come off a Sydney lead-up since 2003, but hoodoos are there to be overcome and at the double-figure price she is overs.

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Betting Odds

The futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes field 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Acceptances close at 9am (local time), Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 with Blue Diamond jockeys to be confirmed the following day. 

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Final Field is now out featuring 16 two-year-olds led in betting by the undefeated Anthony Freedman-trained colt Hanseatic drawn barrier one.

Runner-up to Hanseatic last time out the Prelude, Team Snowden’s progressive galloper Rulership looks a danger drawn midfield in barrier seven.

There are nine fillies taking on the boys in the Neds Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 field including the upset Prelude (Fillies) winner Letzbeglam in barrier three.

Barrier 5 produced last year’s winner Lyre (2019) and belongs this season to Personal for Lindsay Park with co-trainer David Hayes chasing his seventh Blue Diamond Stakes win (since 1983).

Click here for more on the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Field.

Click here for the full report on the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw.

Update: The Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 field is down to 15 after the early scratching of the widely-drawn Fayerra (14).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1×5 IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 16 56.5kg 72
2 1×11 HANSEATIC Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 1 56.5kg 84
3 72163 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 11 56.5kg 74
4 15×86 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 12 56.5kg 72
5 31×4 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 4 56.5kg 70
6 12 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 7 56.5kg 76
7 59×25 GLENFIDDICH Robbie Griffiths Glen Boss 9 56.5kg 67
8 4111 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10 54.5kg 78
9 2116 A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 2 54.5kg 76
10 1×2 ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8 54.5kg 78
11 11 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 3 54.5kg 76
12 21×2 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 13 54.5kg 72
13 21 PERSONAL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5 54.5kg 68
14 14 RIVERINA STORM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 6 54.5kg 63
15 44 FAYERRA Anthony Cummings Michael Dee 14 54.5kg 62
16 8×6 DIFFICULT John Moloney Jordan Childs 15 54.5kg 60

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

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

The 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations are now out having attracted a record 1767 yearlings. Among the notable early 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations are a half-sister to superstar mare Winx called Convent Garden and a bumper 132 yearlings for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Read more on the Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Nominations. 

View the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2020 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 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations closed at 12pm NOON, Tuesday, 19 November, 2019. 

View the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2020 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 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations are open until 12 NOON, Tuesday, 7 January, 2020. 

2020 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 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Third Declarations closed at 12 NOON, Tuesday, 28 January, 2020. 

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
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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