Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings)

The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) is a Group 3 status race run at Caulfield Racecourse on CF Orr Stakes Day during the autumn as a Blue Diamond Stakes lead-up.

2018 Blue Diamond C&G Prelude Results

  • 1st: #3 Written By
  • 2nd: #6 Plague Stone
  • 3rd: #5 Native Soldier



The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings is a Group 3 race for two-year-old males held at Caulfield Racecourse in February during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The event is contested over a short sprint distance of 1100m and offers $200,000 in prize money to the winner. A set weights race, the Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude is held on Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes Day. The meeting kicks off Group 1 racing for the year with the running of the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

CF Orr Stakes Day is home to a host of other early autumn Group status races including the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m), which is the fillies’ equivalent of the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G).

Many juveniles in the Blue Diamond Prelude field for colts and geldings will have previously run in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) held at the Caulfield track in late January. The race is the traditional lead-up to the Group 1 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) held a fortnight later.

Recent winners of the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) – Blue Diamond Stakes double include Sepoy (2011) and Bel Esprit (2002). More recently Pride Of Dubai (2015) improved on a Prelude second to win the Blue Diamond Stakes.

The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2018 ran on Saturday February 10, 2018 and was won by Written By from the outside barrier.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G)
Date: Saturday February 10, 2018
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Results

  • 1st: #3 Written By
  • 2nd: #6 Plague Stone
  • 3rd: #5 Native Soldier

Check out the official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond C&G Prelude 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the impressive win by the Grahame Begg-trained Written By ($6) who had a half-length to spare on the beaten Godolphin-raced favourite Plague Stone ($4.80), while the Darren Weir-trained Native Soldier ran two lengths back for third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 13 55.5kg $6
2 6 PLAGUE STONE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.5L 4 55.5kg $4.80F
3 5 NATIVE SOLDIER Darren Weir Mark Zahra 2L 8 55.5kg $9.50
4 7 SEBERATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2.75L 11 55.5kg $15
5 1 RUN NAAN Tony McEvoy Andrew Mallyon 3.15L 9 55.5kg $12
6 14 TITAN BLINDERS Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 5.4L 10 55.5kg $101
7 8 HIGH RATIO Mick Price Michael Dee 5.8L 12 55.5kg $5.50
8 13 THE RUNNING MAN Robbie Griffiths Dwayne Dunn 6.55L 7 55.5kg $81
9 11 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 7.05L 6 55.5kg $101
10 2 OLLIVANDER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 8.8L 2 55.5kg $6.50
11 9 BEN HERCULES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 8.9L 5 55.5kg $17
12 10 HINCHRIDER Archie Alexander Regan Bayliss 9.1L 1 55.5kg $51
13 4 BIONICS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 10.35L 3 55.5kg $15
12 JOHN BOOKE Robbie Griffiths Ben Thompson (a) 0

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Betting Odds

The best Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude 2018 odds and betting links to the markets will be found below the week of CF Orr Stakes Day so stay tuned.

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Field

The Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings field is made up of a host of Blue Diamond Stakes-bound youngsters and is released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before CF Orr Stakes Day.

The official 2018 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Field and Barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 7, 2018 and will be listed in full below.

The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Final Field features 14 youngsters heading towards the Group 1 in a fortnight including the highly-spruiked Godolphin-raced Plague Stone who blitzed a recent Warwick Farm trial, the Darren Weir-trained Native Soldier chasing a third win on the trot and Charge Forward colt Ollivander coming off a second in the Blue Diamond Preview.

Read more on the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude 2018 Field & Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11×3 RUN NAAN Tony McEvoy Andrew Mallyon 9 55.5kg 74
2 12 OLLIVANDER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 2 55.5kg 70
3 1x WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 14 55.5kg 68
4 24x BIONICS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 55.5kg 68
5 5611 NATIVE SOLDIER Darren Weir Mark Zahra 8 55.5kg 68
6 2x PLAGUE STONE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 55.5kg 65
7 41 SEBERATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 12 55.5kg 63
8 1x HIGH RATIO Mick Price Michael Dee 13 55.5kg 63
9 2 BEN HERCULES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5 55.5kg 62
10 4 HINCHRIDER Archie Alexander Regan Bayliss 1 55.5kg 61
11 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 6 55.5kg
12 JOHN BOOKE Robbie Griffiths Ben Thompson (a) 10 55.5kg
13 THE RUNNING MAN Robbie Griffiths Dwayne Dunn 7 55.5kg
14 TITAN BLINDERS Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 11 55.5kg

2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Nominations

The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2018 nominations close on Monday February 5, 2018 and will be released below as soon as available.

The official 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Nominations attracted 19 two-year-olds including co-favourite in Blue Diamond Stakes betting Long Leaf chasing a fourth win from as many career starts.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 2 BEN HERCULES C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62
2 24x BIONICS C 2 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 68
3 3 CONCRETE C 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 61
4 HALVORSEN C 2 Robbie Griffiths
5 1x HIGH RATIO C 2 Mick Price 63
6 4 HINCHRIDER G 2 Archie Alexander 61
7 JOHN BOOKE C 2 Robbie Griffiths
8 11×1 LONG LEAF C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 77
9 5611 NATIVE SOLDIER C 2 Darren Weir 68
10 12 OLLIVANDER C 2 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 70
11 5×3 OSORNO C 2 James Cummings 63
12 2x PLAGUE STONE C 2 James Cummings 65
13 11×3 RUN NAAN C 2 Tony McEvoy 74
14 41 SEBERATE C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 63
15 STRATEGIC PHIL C 2 David Brideoake
16 THE RUNNING MAN C 2 Robbie Griffiths
17 TITAN BLINDERS C 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
18 1x WRITTEN BY C 2 Grahame Begg 68
19 5 ZAIDIN C 2 David Brideoake

Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude History

The Blue Diamond (Colts & Geldings) Prelude has been run and won since 1982 and is now sponsored by Ladbrokes.com.au. The inaugural winner was Rancer and since then a host of quality two-year-olds have taken out the race including Lonhro (2011), Sepoy (2011) and Flying Artie (2016).

The race began as a Listed event and has held its Group 3 status since 1986. For one year in 1996 the Blue Diamond Prelude C&G ran at Sandown Racecourse instead of its traditional home at Caulfield.

Recent Blue Diamond Prelude Winners (Colts & Geldings)

See below for a full list of the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) winners and results going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Written By 1 minute 04.98 seconds
2nd Plague Stone
3rd Native Soldier
2017
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Property 1 minute 03.78 seconds
2nd Pariah
3rd Wait For No One
2016
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Flying Artie 1 minute 3.0 seconds
2nd Star Turn
3rd China Dream
2015
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Of The Brave 1 minute 3.6 seconds
2nd Pride Of Dubai
3rd Sampeah
2014
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Rubick 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Jabali
3rd Chivalry
2013
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Kuroshio 1 minute 4.0 seconds
2nd The Bowler
3rd Dissident
2012
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st General Rippa 1 minute 4.1 seconds
2nd Rusambo
3rd Ferment
2011
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Sepoy 1 minute 3.0 seconds
2nd Running Tall
3rd Huegill
2010
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Beneteau 1 minute 2.5 seconds
2nd General Truce
3rd The Greatandthegood
2009
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Real Saga 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Reward For Effort
3rd Starspangledbanner
2008
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Wilander 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd Exceedingly Good
3rd Minnesota Shark
2007
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Shrewd Rhythm 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Zizou
3rd Victory Chant
2006
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Due Sasso 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Wonderful World
3rd Swinging Bachelor
2005
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Perfectly Ready 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd The Rhine
3rd Bradbury’s Luck
2004
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Way West 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Oratorio
3rd Sanziro
2003
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Hammerbeam 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Murphy’s Blu Boy
3rd Scaredee Cat
2002
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Bel Esprit 1 minute 5.2 seconds
2nd Cool Trent
3rd Step Ahead
2001
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Lonhro 1 minute 3.3 seconds
2nd Niewand
3rd Tosamba
2000
Blue Diamond Prelude C&G
1st Happy Giggle 1 minute 4.6 seconds
2nd Lord Dane
3rd Sparks

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