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BLUE DIAMOND STAKES
BLUE DIAMOND STAKES 2018 15:00 AEST SATURDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2018CAULFIELD RACECOURSE1200m2YO SWGROUP 1PRIZE MONEY: $1,500,000
7 of the last 8 Blue Diamond winners all saluted in their lead up runs.
16 of the last 35 winners came through the Blue Diamond Preludes (8 in the Colts & Geldings Division and 8 in the Fillies Division).
Extreme Choice won the Chairman’s Stakes at the start prior to his Blue Diamond success.
After fillies were able to secure three successive victories from 2012-2014, colts were successful in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 renewal was taken out by a filly.
Over the last 35 editions, the boys (17 colts & 3 geldings) lead the girls 20-15.
The 3 gelding s to have won in this period are s – Kusi (2003), Road To Success (2000) & Paint (1996).
13 favourites have saluted in the last 35 years, including 5 of the last 7.
The last odds-on favourite to get rolled was the David Hayes trained Raise A Rhythm ($1.90) which finished fourth to stable mate Canonise in 1991.
Outsiders have a pretty good strike rate in this event with 11 winners in the past three decades starting at double figure odds or better. The latest double figure odds winner was Star Witness ($10) in 2010.
The biggest roughie in recent history was Street Café which started at $41 in 1984, while Undoubtedly (2005) and Mahaasin (1990) were $26.
24 of the past 35 winners have jumped from a single figure gate.
Barriers 4 & 5 have the best strike rate- with gate 4 providing 5 and gate 5 producing 4 winners in the last 34 editions.
Of the 30 editions boasting 11 or more runners, Extreme Choice became the first horse to win from barrier 11 when successful in 2016. Catchy then made it 2 in row when jumping from 11 in 2017.
The last horse to win from the inside barrier was Miracles Of Life (2013).
The last winner to jump from the outside barrier was Redoute’s Choice (15/15) in 1999. However, Earthquake (15/16), Star Witness (14/15) Nadeem (12/13), Knowledge (15/15), Let’s Get Physical (13/16) and Street Café (17/18) all overcame wide draws.
Of the current jockeys, Dwayne Dunn has the best strike rate (11: 4-0-3), with all four winners notched consecutively between 2005 and 2008 (Undoubtedly, Nadeem, Sleek Chassis & Reaan).
Damien Browne has 2 wins from 2 rides in consecutive years 2014 & 2015.
Craig Williams broke a long drought when winning with Catchy in 2017- 13: 1-2-1.
Kerrin McEvoy 7: 2-1-0, Damien Oliver 19: 1-6-2, Luke Nolen 7: 1-1-1, Steven Arnold 5: 0-1-1.
Glen Boss has struggled in this race with no top 3 finishes 12: 0-0-0.
This has been a race David Hayes has really chased as an individual. From 41 runners, he’s had 5 winners, 5 seconds and 3 thirds, while in partnership he has 1 win, 1 second and 1 third from 8 starters.
Lee Freedman 19: 3-2-4, Peter Snowden 10: 2-0-0 when training individually and also 1 winner and 1 second from 3 starters under partnership with son Paul Snowden.
Tony McEvoy is regarded as one of the country’s leading trainers of 2YO’s however is still searching for the elusive breakthrough victory 9: 0-1-0.
Mick Price secured the quinella in 2016 with Extreme Choice and Flying Artie and overall his record is 13: 2-3-2.
The $1.5m Blue Diamond dates back to 1971.
Some of those to go on and become stars of the turf include Manikato (1978), Rancher (1982), Redoute’s Choice (1999), Alinghi (2004), Star Witness (2010) and Sepoy (2011).
The race has proven to be a good stallion-making race with successful sires to win the Blue Diamond including Zeditave, Redoute’s Choice, Bel Esprit and Sepoy.
12 of the past 35 winners have come through the Lightning Stakes, however the last was Starspangledbanner back in 2010.
17 runners had either won or placed at group level in their lead up run (8 winners & 9 placed).
6 of the past 12 winners were first-up in their campaign.
There has been a mix of lead-in races in recent years with the past 6 winners all competing in a different race the start prior across 4 different tracks.
13 of the last 35 winners of this race have been three-year-olds, with the last being Starspangledbanner in 2010.
8 four-year-olds with the last being Lankan Rupee in 2014.
9 five-year-olds with Sheidel in 2017 the last of that age bracket to win.
3 six-year-olds, the latest Flamberge in 2016 the & 1 seven-year-old- Sans Rival way back in 1983 the last time won by an older competitor.
14 geldings have been successful in the last three decades, and 9 fillies or mares. The remaing 12 have been colts or entires.
This handicap race has seen the topweight successful once in the past 12 editions.
In 2005, Fastnet Rock carried the topweight of 57kg as a 3YO.
14 of the past 18 winners have carried 56kg or less to victory.
6 of the last 9 winners have been at double figure odds (Flamberge $31, Shamal Wind $11, Mrs Onassis $16, Woorim $21, Eagle Falls $21 and Swiss Ace $31).
In the last 35 editions, 18 winners have started at double figure odds or better.
Just 2 of the last 11 winners have been the starting favourite- Lankan Rupee in 2014 and Weekend Hussler in 2008.
The last favourite under $3 to get rolled was Virage De Fortune ($2.45) who finished runner-up to Snitzel in 2006. Extreme Choice started at $3.30 when defeated in 2017.
19 of the past 35 winners have jumped from a single figure gate.
The ‘winningest’ barriers have been 6 and 10 with four wins each.
In the last 35 editions, no hose has won from stalls 12, or 17.
Sheidel became the first to win from gate 3 in the past three decades.
The last horse to win from the inside gate was Reactive in 2004.
In three decades, just four horses have won from the outside gate – Swiss Ace (18/18) in 2009, Undue (14/14) in 2007, Mookta (16/16) in 1993 and With Me (18/18) in 1991.
Of the current jockeys, Damien Oliver has 2 victories and 4 seconds from 16 rides. Ollie’s first win was aboard Lee Freedman’s Schillaci in 1992 and his latest was Eagle Falls for David Hayes in 2011.
Craig Newitt is a dual winner with 12: 2-1-1.
Brad Rawiller, Kerrin McEvoy, the Damian’s- Browne and Lane and Glen Boss have all tasted success.
The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira was successful in 2017 aboard Sheidel.
Gerald Ryan has a perfect record in this race, two from two – Mrs Onassis (2013) and Snitzel (2006).
David Hayes secured his second win in 2017, he has 1 when training individually -Eagle Falls and 1 in partnership- Sheidel.
Matthew Ellerton is a dual winner of this event as is Rick Hore-Lacy.
For all their experience, John Hawkes and Lee Freedman have found this a tough event to win with just 1 win each despite saddling a combined total in excess of 40 runners.
Robert Smerdon trained the quinella of the 2015 edition.
The $500,000 Oakleigh Plate is the middle leg of the autumn sprinting series which begins with the Lightning Stakes (1000m) and finishes with the Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
The mighty grey Schillaci won the big 3 Sprints in a superb Autumn of1992.
Some of the big names to win this race in the last three decades include; Lankan Rupee (2014), Starspangledbanner (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Snitzel (2006), Fastnet Rock (2005), Schillaci (1992) and Placid Ark (1986).
7 of the last 8 winners came into the race with winning form (five of those at Group 1 level, the other two at Group 2 level).
14 of the past 35 Futurity winners had their previous run in the CF Orr with 3 of the past 5 completing the double.
7 of the past 35 came through the Lightning Stakes at their previous start, however the last of those was Testa Rossa in 2000.
Four three-year-olds completed the Australian Guineas/Futurity double (Reset 2004, Dash For Cash 2002, Mr Murphy 2001 and Mouawad 1997).
In the last 35 editions, three-year-olds have won 13 times, including 8 of 9 between 1997 and 2004- the last three-year-old to win was All Too Hard in 2013. While this is the most successful age group, no fillies have won in this period.
In the last three decades, only five mares have been successful – Suavito (2015), More Joyous (2011), Typhoon Tracy (2010), Aqua D’Amore (2007) and Mannerism (1992).
Older horses have enjoyed some success with 8 of the past 35, however that is much higher in recent years with 5 of the past 12 being aged 6YO and older. These include Black Heart Bart (2017), King Mufhasa (2012), Niconero (2008 & ‘09), Fields Of Omagh (2006), Schillaci (1995), Redelva (1991) and Manikato (1983) who were all aged six or above.
The 2001 renewal was a dead-heat when Mr Murphy and Desert Sky who were both 3YO’s shared the spoils.
16 of the last 35 editions have seen favourites salute, including 6 of the last 8.
The last horse to win at double figure odds was Suavito ($10) 2015 and before that was Rustic Dream ($16) in 1999. In fact, wipe outs are rare in this event with only four winners in the last three decades starting at better than double figure odds.
30 of the past 35 winners have jumped from single figure gates. However, on 19 occasions there have been less than 10 starters in the event.
Barrier 7 is the ‘winningest’ with seven victories, followed by 1, 6 & 10 with five wins each.
No horse has won from barrier 3.
The last horse to win from the outside gate in a field of 10 or more was Schillaci in 1993 (10/10).
The last horse to salute from the inside gate was More Joyous (2011) for Gai Waterhouse and Nash Rawiller.
Of the current jockeys, Damien Oliver has a 50 per cent rides to wins/placings strike rate with 4 wins and 5 placings from 18 attempts. Ollie’s first win was Mannerism in 1992, his latest Suavito in 2015.
Craig Williams, Nash Rawiller and Luke Nolen all have a pair of wins each.
Glen Boss has just one third placing from six rides in the race.
A different rider has won the race in each of the past 5 editions.
Mark Kavanagh has an outstanding strike rate in this race with 3 wins and 2 thirds from 5 attempts. Injury-plagued mare Atlantic Jewel was his last success in 2013. His other winner was Maldivian, which upset $1.90 favourite Miss Finland in 2007.
Of the current crop, veteran Clarrie Connors has a perfect record of two from two with Mouawad (1997) and Encounter (1998) winning successive Futurity Stakes.
Current partnership trainers that have multiple individual success include David Hayes 4 wins, Lee Freedman 4 wins and Gai Waterhouse 2 wins.
Of the past 8 editions, there is an even split of Victorian to interstate/overseas based trainers.
Champion sprinter Manikato won this race four times (1983, 81, 80 & 79).
The Futurity Stakes is 1 of 3 G1 races held at Caulfield run over 1400m under the same conditions of weight-for-age. The other 2 are the first G1 of the racing season in the Memsie Stakes and the first of the calendar year in the C F Orr Stakes.
This $500,000 event dates back to 1897 and some of our turf legends feature on the honour roll – Phar Lap (1930), Ajax (1940/39/38), San Domenico (1952), Todman (1960), Gunsynd (1972), Vo Rogue (1988), Schillaci (1993/95), Fields Of Omagh (2006) and More Joyous (2011).