Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) is a key lead-up to the autumn’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes each year.

The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) is a Group 3 race for two-year-old colts and geldings run and won at Caulfield Racecourse* on CF Orr Stakes Day in mid-February each Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude Winner Lofty Strike
2022 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Lofty Strike. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

*In 2023 the 2023 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude and C.F. Orr Stakes Day card runs at Ladbrokes Park Hillside, Sandown. 

First held in 1982 and holding Group 3 status since 1986, the event is run on the same day as the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and is one of the key support acts on the card along with the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies).

Offering $300,000 in prize money, the 1100m sprint is run at set weights and serves as the major final lead-up for juveniles targeting the Group 1 $2 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back at the track a fortnight later.

Four youngsters have completed the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) – Blue Diamond Stakes double throughout history with Rancher (1982), Bel Esprit (2002), Sepoy (2011), and most recently Written By (2018).

More recently the 2020 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Hanseatic improved off a lead-up win in the Blue Diamond Preview and went on to run second in that year’s Blue Diamond Stakes results.

In 2022 the Blue Diamond Stakes was won by the third place-getter in the Colts & Geldings Prelude, Daumier.

The latest edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) took place on Saturday February 10, 2024 as part of the CF Orr Stakes Day program at Caulfield Racecourse and was won in a huge first-up performance by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bodyguard ($4.20).

2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Results

The official Blue Diamond Prelude Results for the colts’ and geldings’ edition of the race will be known on Saturday February 10, 2024 and published in full below.

2024 Blue Diamond C&G Prelude winner Bodyguard

2024 Blue Diamond C&G Prelude winner Bodyguard is onto the Group 1 a two-time winner. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #3 Bodyguard
  • 2nd: #4 Stay Focused
  • 3rd: #5 Holmes A Court

The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 24th is calling for now two-time Black-Type winning colt Bodyguard ($4.20) who got his new season underway with an impressive run right down the outside to charge home late and defeat his rivals fresh off a gun Mark Zahra ride in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) 2024 results at Caulfield. 

2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Odds

The updatedBlue Diamond Prelude 2024 odds for the Group 3 boys’ edition will be available below once markets are released.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

 

Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) Betting

Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings 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 two-year-olds that ran well in the Blue Diamond Preview the month before over 100m less in Melbourne usually dominated the Blue Diamond Prelude odds. The Blue Diamond Preview – Prelude double for colts and geldings has recently been achieved by I Am Immortal (2019), Hanseatic (2020), and General Beau (2021).

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.

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Field

Blue Diamond Prelude Winners (Written By) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Ladbrokes

2018 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) winner Written By went on to win that year’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude race field attracts the best young male sprinters getting about for the season.

The majority of the two-year-olds 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 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) in late January.

If not the Blue Diamond Preview, the colts and geldings lining-up in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) field are first-up for the autumn or could even be on debut.

Barber (2023), who won the spring’s $1 million Golden Gift in Sydney, followed by the Team Snowden-trained Bodyguard (2024) are the latest first-up Blue Diamond Prelude winners.

The Blue Diamond Prelude nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Field

The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) final field and barrier draw for 2024 will be released on the Wednesday before CF Orr Stakes Day and published below.

Peter & Paul Snowden dominate the 2024 Blue Diamond (C&G) Prelude field represented by the two best in betting – last start Preview winner High Octane and fellow Black-Type winner Bodyguard who races first-up. 

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Barber

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Barber. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Nominations

The early Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 HIGH OCTANE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 57kg      
2 1x BODYGUARD C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 57kg      
3 5×110 WOLFGANG C 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans 3 57kg      
4 1 ANODE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4= 57kg      
5 1 STAY FOCUSED C 2 Phillip Stokes 4= 57kg      
6 2 HOLMES A COURT C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 57kg      
7 3 INNERVISIONS C 2 Annabel Neasham 7 57kg      
8 3 TARTAGLIA C 2 James Cummings 8 57kg      
9 4 LET’SFACETHEMUSIC C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 9 57kg      
10 6x PIERIS C 2 Robbie Laing 10 57kg      
11 3 HELLBERG C 2 Ben Brisbourne 11 57kg      
12   AKMO G 2 Trevor J Andrews 12= 57kg      
13   BOLLON (NZ) C 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 12= 57kg      
14 0x BRUTAL FORCE G 2 Monica Croston & Gerrad Gilmour 12= 57kg      
15   CARDIOLOGIST C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 12= 57kg      
16   LAST DRUID C 2 James Cummings 12= 57kg      
17   PONYBOY G 2 Brooke Verwey-Mitchell 12= 57kg      
18   UNTAPPED G 2 Greg Eurell 12= 57kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Tips

Looking for the juveniles 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 Prelude tips.

Favourites have a good strike-rate in the race so those at single-figures make a good tip. 

Hanseatic ($2.30 in 2020) and General Beau ($3.10 in 2021) went back-to-back for the favourite backers in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) results in recent times. 

2024 Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) Tips

Our insider Blue Diamond Prelude Tips for Colts & Geldings in 2024 will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #1 High Octane ($2.70 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open race and a couple of live wire chances, but going for the rails-drawn High Octane from the star Peter & Paul Snowden stable. They love a good 2yo and this son of Deep Field looks just that. The colt won on debut last time out in the Preview by a good margin off some promising trials. Out to to the double now and think from the drawn he’ll do that. 

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Form Guide

The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 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 males that are 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 Prelude form has stacked up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes many times over the years as well as in other upcoming Group 1 autumn racing features for two-year-olds. 

In 2021 Anamoe finished runner-up in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) before a third in the Blue Diamond Stakes . He also ran second in Sydney’s iconic Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes  and won the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) that autumn. He returned in the spring headlined and was dominant, including winning the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over a mile and finishing a devastatingly close photo-finish second in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley.  

The 2022 Blue Diamond Prelude form was franked with Daumier improving on a third to win the Blue Diamond Stakes next-up before finishing fourth behind star filly Fireburn in both the Golden Slipper and Inglis Sires’ that year. 

The 2023 Blue Diamond winner, Little Brose, came via a lead-up second in that year’s Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G). 

2024 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2024 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race.

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Results

The Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) race results have been dominated by single-figure hopes in recent years and many have gone on to be outstanding stallions and sires. 

Notable recent Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) winners include Danzero (1994), Flying Spur (1995), Lonhro (2001), Bel Esprit (2002), Sepoy (2011), Flying Artie (2016), and Written By (2018). 

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Winners

Past Blue Diamond Prelude winning colts and geldings along with the place-getters each year going back to 1988 are detailed in the below table. 

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Bodyguard Stay Focused Holmes A Court
2023 Barber Little Brose Corniche
2022 Lofty Strike Semillion Daumier
2021 General Beau Anamoe Jigsaw
2020 Hanseatic Rulership Rathlin
2019 I Am Immortal Shotmaker Hawker Hurricane
2018 Written By Plague Stone Native Soldier
2017 Property Pariah Wait For No One
2016 Flying Artie Star Turn China Dream
2015 Of The Brave Pride Of Dubai Sampeah
2014 Rubick Jabali Chivalry
2013 Kuroshio The Bowler Dissident
2012 General Rippa Rusambo Ferment
2011 Sepoy Running Tall Huegill
2010 Beneteau General Truce The Greatandthegood
2009 Real Saga Reward For Effort Starspangledbanner
2008 Wilander Exceedingly Good Minnesota Shark
2007 Shrewd Rhythm Zizou Victory Chant
2006 Due Sasso Wonderful World Swinging Bachelor
2005 Perfectly Ready The Rhine Bradbury’s Luck
2004 Way West Oratorio Sanziro
2003 Hammerbeam Murphy’s Blu Boy Scaredee Cat
2002 Bel Esprit Cool Trent Step Ahead
2001 Lonhro Niewand Tosamba
2000 Happy Giggle Lord Dane Sparks
1999 Charm Scene Land Real Jester Cullen
1998 Prowl Shovhog Special Edition
1997 Millward Evader Sports
1996 Winger Charger Polish Native Red Rascal
1995 Flying Spur Shaded Backgammon
1994 Danzero Western Beat Cannibal King
1993 Alacqua St Rory Pride Of Rancho
1992 Yachtie Just Juan Landsdowne Road
1991 Chief Headhunter Group Decision Noble Lancer
1990 Unspoken Word Trustful Satellite Bay
1989 Ark Regal Mabrook High Waters
1988 Nanutarra King’s High My Bright Boy