Horse Racing | Blue Diamond Prelude (F)

As its name suggests, the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) is the most common lead up race to the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, the premier feature race for two-year-olds in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. There are two versions of the race, both of which are run on CF Orr Stakes Day, held annually at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-February. This particular race is restricted to fillies and is run under set weight conditions. The event has been upgraded to a Group 2 in 2015 and is 1100m, 100m shorter than the feature Blue Diamond Stakes.

As you would expect, winners of this race have gone on to complete the Blue Diamond Prelude (F)/Blue Diamond Stakes double. In 2014, the John O’Shea trained filly Earthquake blitzed the field in this race before going on to score an impressive win in the Blue Diamond Stakes less than two months later. Other classy winners of the BD Prelude (F) include; Guelph (2013), Samaready (2012), Alinghi (2004) and Merlene (1996).



PREVIOUS BLUE DIAMOND PRELUDE (F) WINNERS

PREVIOUS BLUE DIAMOND PRELUDE (F) WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 SAMARA DANCER DOM TOURNEUR PHILLIP STOKES 01:03.1
2015 FONTITON MARK ZAHRA ROBERT SMERDON 01.02.8
2014 EARTHQUAKE DAMIEN BROWNE JOHN O’SHEA 01:03.7
2013 GUELPH KERRIN MCEVOY PETER SNOWDEN 01:03.8
2012 SAMAREADY CRAIG NEWITT MICK PRICE 01:03.3
2011 ONE LAST DANCE LUKE NOLEN PETER MOODY 01:03.6
2010 PSYCHOLOGIST MARK ZAHRA DEREK CRUZ 01:02.6
2009 ROSTOVA STEVEN KING STEVE RICHARDS 01.04:5
2008 BELIEVE'N'SUCCEED STEPHEN BASTER MARK KAVANAGH 01:03.7
2007 CAMARILLA BLAKE SHINN PETER SNOWDEN 01:03.7
2006 NEDIYM'S GLOW NOEL CALLOW MATTHEW ELLERTON 01:03.4