Preview, Trends & Analysis
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.
Barriers are always of utmost importance to the winning chance of juvenile horses.
The most wins in the Blue Diamond Stakes have come from barrier four and five with both six win records. All but four of the Blue Diamond Stakes winners from 2010 – 2023 won their lead-up race.
The only horses to have won from barrier one are Riva Diva (1992), Hurricane Sky (1994) and Miracles of Life (2013).
While barrier two and three bodes a worse proposition when fields exceed 14 runners with no winners coming from those draws.
Interestingly, wide barriers do not seem to be too much of a deterrent with four winners coming out of barrier 14.
Barrier seven provided the winner of the 2023 Blue Diamond.
The Blue Diamond Stakes Recent Winners
|2023||Little Brose||Ben & JD Hayes||Michael Dee||$10.9|
|2022||Daumier||Anthony & Sam Freedma||Mark Zahra||$17.4|
|2021||Artorius||Anthony Freedman||Luke Currie||$14|
|2020||Tagaloa||Trent Bussutin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||$26.00|
|2019||Lyre||Anthony Freedman||Luke Currie||$5.50|
|2018||Written By||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||$5.00|
|2017||Catchy||David Hayes||Craig Williams||$4.80|
|2016||Extreme Choice||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||$2.70|
|2015||Pride of Dubai||Peter & Paul Snowden||Damien Browne||$5.50|
|2014||Earthquake||Peter Snowden||Damien Browne||$2.00|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Dan Clarken||Lauren Stojakovic||$3.30|
|2012||Samaready||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||$2.20|
|2011||Sepoy||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||$1.40|
Saturday 24th February, 2024
- 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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Most winners or placegetters of the Blue Diamond usually head up to Sydney for the Golden Slipper.