Headlining the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, one of the great races for two-year-olds in Australia. The event is held annually in late February at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and is run over the sprint distance of 1200m under set weight conditions. As you would expect, the race brings together a field of the best two-year-olds going around in Australia to compete in what would be the biggest race of their short careerers at that point.
The Blue Diamond Prelude (F) and the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) are the traditional lead up races to this event. Both are run on CF Orr Stakes Day, a fortnight before Blue Diamond Stakes Day. Many horses have completed Blue Diamond Prelude/Stakes doubles, with Earthquake successful in 2014. A number of great Australian sprinters have taken out this event in the past, including Alinghi, Redoute’s Choice and Manikato.
|2016||EXTREME CHOICE||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:08.9|
|2015||PRIDE OF DUBAI||DAMIEN BROWNE||PETER SNOWDEN||01:10.5|
|2014||EARTHQUAKE||DAMIEN BROWNE||JOHN O’SHEA||01:09.8|
|2013||MIRACLES OF LIFE||LAUREN STOJAKOVIC||PETER SNOWDEN||01:09.7|
|2012||SAMAREADY||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:10.4|
|2011||SEPOY||MARK ZAHRA||PETER SNOWDEN||01:08.5|
|2010||STAR WITNESS||NICHOLAS HALL||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:10.4|
|2009||REWARD FOR EFFORT||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:09.8|
|2008||REAAN||DWAYNE DUNN||DAVID HAYES||01.11.4|
|2007||SLEEK CHASSIS||DWAYNE DUNN||DAVID HAYES||01:09.8|
|2006||NADEEM||DWAYNE DUNN||DAVID HAYES||01:12.0|