Horse Racing | Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

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.



PREVIOUS BLUE DIAMOND STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS BLUE DIAMOND STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
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