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.

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Artorius
  • 2nd: #2 Ingratiating
  • 3rd: #5 Anamoe



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 2021 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 20, 2021 and was won in an upset by Artorius. 

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes
Date: Saturday February 20, 2021
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weight
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 results will be published below as soon as the $1.5 million feature takes place on Saturday February 20, 2021.

  • 1st: #7 Artorius
  • 2nd: #2 Ingratiating
  • 3rd: #5 Anamoe

The 2021 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes results saw the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Artorius score a three-quarter length upset at good odds over the Godolphin-raced Ingratiating, who was excellent running second on the quick back-up, and the fellow James Cummings-trained Anamoe (3rd).

Click here to read more on the surprise Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 win by Artorius.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 ARTORIUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 9 57kg $13
2 2 INGRATIATING James Cummings William Pike 0.75L 7 57kg $8.50
3 5 ANAMOE James Cummings Damien Oliver 2.5L 13 57kg $6
4 3 FINANCE TYCOON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 2.6L 6 57kg $41
5 1 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Jamie Kah 2.9L 3 57kg $9.50
6 13 ENTHAAR Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3.1L 12 55kg $2.40F
7 9 CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden John Allen 4.1L 5 57kg $41
8 8 JIGSAW Cindy Alderson Michael Walker 4.2L 4 57kg $11
9 15 WOLVES Greg Eurell Dwayne Dunn 4.95L 10 55kg $151
10 11 HITOTSU Wendy Kelly Daniel Stackhouse 5.15L 11 57kg $201
11 14 ARCADED James Cummings Damian Lane 9.15L 1 55kg $16
12 6 ABSEILER Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 13.15L 14 57kg $151
13 4 PEGASI Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 16.65L 8 57kg $91
14 16 GINIBI Gemma Rielly Damien Thornton 28.65L 2 55kg $201
12 DOSH Grahame Begg Jye McNeil 0
10 MARINE ONE Lloyd Kennewell Zac Spain 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Blue Diamond Stakes tips for 2021 with the top three two-year-olds to back home in the Group 1 autumn classic.

  • Favourite: #13 Enthaar ($2.20 at time of publish)
  • Best Bet: #1 General Beau ($10 at time of publish) 
  • Best Roughie: #14 Arcaded ($21 at time of publish)

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Betting Odds

The futures markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes field 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Acceptances close at 9am (local time), Tuesday the 16th of February, 2021 with Blue Diamond jockeys to be confirmed the following day. 

The Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 final field drew a capacity 16 starters including three undefeated fillies led by the Chairman’s Stakes winner Enthaar. Godolphin saddle-up three chances led by their also unbeaten filly Arcaded coming off a win in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude. The Prelude winning colt General Beau chases the treble having also saluted in the Preview and has Jamie Kah in the saddle.

Click here to read more on the Enthaar-led Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 final field.

The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw took place on Tuesday afternoon and saw the favourite Enthaar draw wide out in gate 13, while the Prelude winners General Beau and the filly Arcaded came up with inside barriers three and one respectively.

  • Scratched: #10 Marine One (10); #12 Dosh (8)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12×11 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Jamie Kah 3 57kg
2 12×21 INGRATIATING James Cummings TBC 7 57kg
3 21×16 FINANCE TYCOON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 6 57kg
4 213 PEGASI Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 9 57kg
5 51×2 ANAMOE James Cummings TBC 15 57kg
6 14 ABSEILER Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 16 57kg
7 21 ARTORIUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 10 57kg
8 13 JIGSAW Cindy Alderson Michael Walker 4 57kg
9 2×8 CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden John Allen 5 57kg
10 3×56 MARINE ONE Lloyd Kennewell Zac Spain 12 57kg
11 7 HITOTSU Wendy Kelly Daniel Stackhouse 13 57kg
12 1×1 DOSH Grahame Begg Jye McNeil 8 55kg
13 1×1 ENTHAAR Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55kg
14 11 ARCADED James Cummings TBC 1 55kg
15 53 WOLVES Greg Eurell Dwayne Dunn 11 55kg
16 5 GINIBI Gemma Rielly Damien Thornton 2 55kg
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Current 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

Ahead of Tuesday’s Final Field announcement there are currently 80 Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 nominated two-year-olds dominated by all-in Golden Slipper favourite Enthaar.

2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations

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

View the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations attracted 1614 yearlings.

2021 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 at 12pm NOON, Tuesday, 17 November, 2020. 

View the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations on the official Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) website.

2021 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 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations are open until 12 NOON, Tuesday, 5 January, 2021. 

2021 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 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Third Declarations closed at 12 NOON, Tuesday, 26 January, 2021. 

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
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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