Ladbrokes Tip: The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude form has held up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond plenty in recent years
The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude is one of three Group 2 support races one of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival’s earliest and biggest meetings – C.F. Orr Stakes Day. The meeting runs at Caulfield Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-February each year and is headlined by the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).
Recently upgraded from a Group 3 to a Group 2 event, the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude is also a highlight on the bill and offers $200,000 in total prize money. A set weights race open only to two-year-old fillies, the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude is run over 1100m on the same day as the Group 3 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude for the boys.
It is obviously a traditional lead-up to the classic Group 1 $1.5 million Neds-sponsored Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back at the track a fortnight later and the double was recently completed by Lyre (2019), Catchy (2017), Earthquake (2014) and Samaready (2012).
The latest edition of the Neds Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude takes place on Saturday February 8, 2020.
Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1100m
- Conditions: Set Weights – 2YO Fillies
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1982
2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Results
The official Blue Diamond Prelude Results for the fillies’ race will be known on Saturday February 8, 2020 and published in full below.
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Betting
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude betting markets open after the final acceptances are out on the Wednesday before the race runs on CF Orr Stakes Day, the opening Group 1 race meeting of the Melbourne Festival of Racing each autumn.
The fillies that ran well in the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview the month before over 100m less at Caulfield usually dominated the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) odds. The Blue Diamond Fillies Preview – Prelude double was most recently achieved by Fontiton (2015).
The results of the Prelude always have an impact on the upcoming Blue Diamond Stakes odds as well and the double is a popular one with punters each year.
2020 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) Odds
The updated Blue Diamond Prelude 2020 odds for the Group 2 fillies’ edition will be available below once markets are released.
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Field
Earthquake (2014) took out the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude – Blue Diamond Stakes double. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.
The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude field attracts the best young female sprinters getting about for the season. The majority of the two-year-old fillies in the mix are looking to back-up two weeks later in the Blue Diamond Stakes over 100m further, and most come off an earlier autumn run in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) in late January.
If not the Blue Diamond Preview, the fillies lining-up in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) field are first-up for the season or perhaps are even on debut. The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.
2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Field
The Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) final field and barrier draw for 2020 will be released on the Wednesday before CF Orr Stakes Day and published below.
2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Nominations
The early Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Tips
Looking for the fillies that ran well in the BD Preview earlier in the autumn or that come off a good trial ahead of a new season return are good Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude tips.
Favourites also have a strong strike-rate in the race so looking for fillies at single figures in the markets that are proven in Melbourne are other Blue Diamond Prelude betting tips to take.
2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Tips
Our insider Blue Diamond Prelude Tips for Fillies in 2020 will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned.
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Form Guide
The Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies form guide features all the must-know information for punters including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of all the juveniles in the field. Looking for the fillies dominant in betting, drawn an inside alley and coming off a nice lead-up in a race like the Blue Diamond Preview are all important form-wise.
The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude form has also stacked up plenty of times in the subsequent Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in recent years. In 2014 Earthquake wont he BD Prelude – BD Stakes double before a second to Mossfun two runs later in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in Sydney. The latest fillies to do the Blue Diamond Prelude – Blue Diamond Stakes double are Catchy for the David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable in 2017 followed two years later by the Anthony Freedman-trained Lyre (2019) who also finished third in that season’s Golden Slipper results.
Earlier Guelph (2013) also won the Blue Diamond Prelude and later in the season won the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) – Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) double at Royal Randwick Racecourse further franking the form.
2020 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) 2020 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race.
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Results
The Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude results have been dominated by single-figure hopes in recent years.
Notable Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude winners over the past decade include Lyre (2019), Catchy (2017), Earthquake (2014), Guelph (2013) and Samaready (2012).
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Winners
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