Blue Diamond Stakes 2024


Preview, Trends & Analysis

The Rundown

The Group 1 Blue Diamond is one of the premier two-year-old thoroughbred turf events in not only Australia but the world and is set to be run and won on Saturday February 24th, 2024.  

Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings run at 56.5 kgs, while fillies run at 54.5 kg.

Run over 1200m under set weight and penalties conditions, the Blue Diamond carries with it a purse of $1,500,000 with $900,000 being awarded to the winner of the race making it the richest two-year-old event in Victorian racing. 

Prize money increased from $1,000,00 to $1,500,000 in 2016. In 2022, the race prize money jumped to $2,000,000.

It has become a target race for many a big trainer and breeder with the young horses talented enough to win this race going on to have huge careers as breeding prospects or racing stars. 

The race is run on a day that also features two other Group 1s – the Oakleigh Plate and the Futurity Stakes. 

The Famous Winners and Record Results

The likes of Manikato, Bounding Away, Zeditave, Redoute’s Choice, Alinghi, Star Witness, Sepoy and Catchy are just some of the champion horses to have won this prestigious event. 

David Hayes is the most successful trainer in this race having won it on six occasions with Catchy (2017), Reann (2008), Sleek Chassis (2007), Nadeem (2006), Principality (1995) and Canonise (1991).

While Dwayne Dunn leads the way in the jockey ranks with four Blue Diamond victories to his name. 

1994 Blue Diamond winner Hurricane Sky has run the fastest time ever in the race with the clock registering a time of 1:08.1 and in doing so gave trainer Gerald Ryan his first and only triumph in the race. 

Artorius is the most recent winner of the race for father-son training duo Anthony & Sam Freedman. 

The Statistics

The Blue Diamond Stakes Recent Winners

Year WinnerTrainerJockeyOdds
2023Little BroseBen & JD HayesMichael Dee$10.9
2022DaumierAnthony & Sam FreedmaMark Zahra$17.4
2021ArtoriusAnthony FreedmanLuke Currie$14
2020TagaloaTrent Bussutin & Natalie YoungMichael Walker$26.00
2019LyreAnthony FreedmanLuke Currie$5.50
2018Written ByGrahame BeggJordan Childs$5.00
2017CatchyDavid HayesCraig Williams$4.80
2016Extreme ChoiceMick PriceCraig Newitt$2.70
2015Pride of DubaiPeter & Paul SnowdenDamien Browne$5.50
2014EarthquakePeter SnowdenDamien Browne$2.00
2013Miracles Of LifeDan ClarkenLauren Stojakovic$3.30
2012SamareadyMick PriceCraig Newitt$2.20
2011SepoyPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy$1.40

The Questions

When is the 2024 Blue Diamond held?

Saturday 24th February, 2024

Are there any other races on the day?
  • Yes. The Blue Diamond meeting coincides with the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).


  • The nine-race card also consists of three Group 2 races being the Peter Young Stakes (1800m), the Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and the Autumn Classic (1800m). 
  • The rest of the card features the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) and the listed Victoria Gold Cup (2100m)
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Where do the winners of the Blue Diamond race next?

Most winners or placegetters of the Blue Diamond usually head up to Sydney for the Golden Slipper. 

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