Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2022

Saturday February 12, 2022

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.

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 $1.5 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: 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.

The latest edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) took place on Saturday February 12, 2022 as part of the CF Orr Stakes Day program at Caulfield and was won by new Blue Diamond favourite Lofty Strike.

 

2022 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 12, 2022 and published in full below.

  • 1st: #6 Lofty Strike ($10)
  • 2nd: #1 Semillion
  • 3rd: #2 Daumier

The Julius Sandhu-trained last start Flemington winner Lofty Strike ($10) did plenty wrong but still won the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) 2022 with ease firming into favouritism for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes back at the track on February 26th. 

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 at Caulfield 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.

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Odds

The updated Blue Diamond Prelude 2022 odds for the Group 3 boys’ edition will be available below once markets are released.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 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 (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 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.

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.

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Field

The Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) final field and barrier draw for 2022 will be released on the Wednesday before CF Orr Stakes Day and published below.

The 2022 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) final field features nine young hopefuls, all but one having had a previous race start including the rails-drawn favourite Jacquinot who won at the track back on Boxing Day. 

2022 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 Hcp Rating
1   ARTIMUS PRIME C 2 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock  
2 1 COUNTTHEHEADLIGHTS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 70
3   CROWNING MOMENT G 2 Clayton Douglas  
4 1 DAUMIER C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman 72
5 0x DOC O’CONNOR C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 61
6 33 FLASHING STEEL C 2 Annabel Neasham 62
7 1 HAFEY C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 64
8 1 JACQUINOT C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 70
9 26x LASCARS C 2 James Cummings 64
10 1 LOFTY STRIKE C 2 Julius Sandhu 70
11   MR JONES G 2 Shane Nichols  
12 2 NORTHERN BEACHES C 2 Chris Waller 63
13 13 PHILOSOPHER C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman 68
14 2 RIVER RIBBLE C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman 61
15 1x SEMILLION C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
16 3 SIR BAILEY C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 61

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. 

2022 Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) Tips

Our insider Blue Diamond Prelude Tips for Colts & Geldings in 2022 will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #3 Philosopher ($18 at time of publish) 

Going for value in the Blue Diamond Prelude with Philosopher on top at big odds from the Freedman stable. Third-up and fit after breaking his maiden status on debut at this track carrying 59kg. The well-bred Zoustar colt then ran third last time out in the BD Preview as the beaten short-priced favourite. Happy to forgive that run when 1.5 lengths beaten and tipping a turning of the tables here in a small field. 

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.  

2022 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) 2022 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race.

Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Results

The Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) 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

Year Place Horse Time
 
2022 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Lofty Strike 1 minute 3.98 seconds
2nd Semillion
3rd Daumier
 
2021 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st General Beau 1 minute 3.58 seconds
2nd Anamoe
3rd Jigsaw
 
2020 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Hanseatic 1 minute 3.08 seconds
2nd Rulership
3rd Rathlin
 
2019 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st I Am Immortal 1 minute 4.44 seconds
2nd Shotmaker
3rd Hawker Hurricane
 
2018 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Written By 1 minute 04.98 seconds
2nd Plague Stone
3rd Native Soldier
 
2017 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Property 1 minute 03.78 seconds
2nd Pariah
3rd Wait For No One
 
2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Flying Artie 1 minute 3.0 seconds
2nd Star Turn
3rd China Dream
 
2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Of The Brave 1 minute 3.6 seconds
2nd Pride Of Dubai
3rd Sampeah
 
2014 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Rubick 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Jabali
3rd Chivalry
 
2013 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Kuroshio 1 minute 4.0 seconds
2nd The Bowler
3rd Dissident
 
2012 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st General Rippa 1 minute 4.1 seconds
2nd Rusambo
3rd Ferment
 
2011 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Sepoy 1 minute 3.0 seconds
2nd Running Tall
3rd Huegill
 
2010 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Beneteau 1 minute 2.5 seconds
2nd General Truce
3rd The Greatandthegood
 
2009 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Real Saga 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Reward For Effort
3rd Starspangledbanner
 
2008 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Wilander 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd Exceedingly Good
3rd Minnesota Shark
 
2007 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Shrewd Rhythm 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Zizou
3rd Victory Chant
 
2006 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Due Sasso 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Wonderful World
3rd Swinging Bachelor
 
2005 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Perfectly Ready 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd The Rhine
3rd Bradbury’s Luck
 
2004 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Way West 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Oratorio
3rd Sanziro
 
2003 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Hammerbeam 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Murphy’s Blu Boy
3rd Scaredee Cat
 
2002 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Bel Esprit 1 minute 5.2 seconds
2nd Cool Trent
3rd Step Ahead
 
2001 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Lonhro 1 minute 3.3 seconds
2nd Niewand
3rd Tosamba
 
2000 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 1st Happy Giggle 1 minute 4.6 seconds
2nd Lord Dane
3rd Sparks