Blue Diamond Stakes 2020

Saturday February 22, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Blue Diamond Stakes winners rarely run worse than second in their lead-up run

The Blue Diamond Stakes is a lucrative Group 1 feature for two-year-olds running at Caulfield Racecourse as one of the early Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival highlights. Held on the same day as the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), the race offers $1.5 million in prize money and is held over a 1200m sprint distance.

It is the richest juvenile’s race of the autumn and was first run in 1971 and won by Tolerance and has proved an excellent stallion and broodmare making event. The traditional lead-up is through the Blue Diamond Preludes run at the same track two weeks before on CF Orr Stakes Day.

The 50th edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes ran on Saturday February 22, 2020 and saw a boilover with $26 roughie Tagaloa defeating the favourite Hanseatic. 

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The official Blue Diamond Stakes Results 2020 will be published below on Saturday February 22, 2020.

  • 1st: #5 Tagaloa
  • 2nd: #2 Hanseatic
  • 3rd: #13 Personal

Two $26 roughies finished top three in the Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 results with Tagaloa and Personal finishing first and third, while the previously undefeated favourite Hanseatic split them finishing second as the beaten top fancy.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 4 56.5kg $26
2 2 HANSEATIC Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 0.2L 1 56.5kg $2.60F
3 13 PERSONAL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 0.95L 5 54.5kg $26
4 8 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.35L 10 54.5kg $10
5 12 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 2.35L 13 54.5kg $9.50
6 11 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 2.55L 3 54.5kg $5.50
7 3 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 3.3L 11 56.5kg $21
8 6 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.8L 7 56.5kg $6.50
9 9 A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 4.55L 2 54.5kg $61
10 14 RIVERINA STORM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 6 54.5kg $61
11 10 ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6L 8 54.5kg $26
12 1 IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 6.75L 15 56.5kg $91
13 4 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7.15L 12 56.5kg $91
14 7 GLENFIDDICH Robbie Griffiths Glen Boss 9.65L 9 56.5kg $81
15 16 DIFFICULT John Moloney Jordan Childs 29.65L 14 54.5kg $301
15 FAYERRA Anthony Cummings Michael Dee 0

Blue Diamond Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 2YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1971

Blue Diamond Stakes Betting & Odds

Blue Diamond Stakes betting is dominated each autumn by the two-year-olds that ran first or second in their lead-up runs in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) and Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings).

All but two of the Blue Diamond Stakes winners from 2010 – 2020 won their lead-up race and favourites in the Blue Diamond Stakes odds have a gun record with six saluting for the punters from 2011 – 2020 including Extreme Choice (2016) and Written By (2018).

The last double figure hope in Blue Diamond betting to salute was Tagaloa ($26 in 2020), but sticking with those higher up the markets is the go historically. The boys and girls are equally favourite in Blue Diamond odds each year with fillies holding their own against the colts and geldings in recent editions of the race.

Pre-field Blue Diamond Stakes odds are open weeks out from the race before the markets firm with each round of acceptances.

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds

Our latest Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 odds will be available and updated below over the autumn so stay tuned for the best Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.


Blue Diamond Stakes Field

The Blue Diamond Stakes field features the season’s best two-year-olds and is run at set weights meaning the colts and geldings carry 55.5kg and the fillies 53kg. The youngsters set for the Blue Diamond Stakes field traditionally come via the Blue Diamond Preview and Blue Diamond Prelude races earlier in the autumn.

Blue Diamond Stakes betting favourite Sepoy saluted in 2011

2011 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sepoy. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Six recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners (from 2014 – 2020)  ran in the respective Blue Diamond Prelude lead-ups a fortnight before the Group 1 including Lyre (2019) and Catchy (2017) coming off a win in the fillies’ edition to do the double, and Written By (2018) doing the same for the boys. Earlier in 2016 the Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice came off a win in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at the track in early February.

Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in April is often a nice autumn target for graduates from the Blue Diamond field.

Early Blue Diamond Stakes nominations close in July the previous year followed by a number of declaration stages before the final field of acceptances is released the week of the race.

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Field & Nominations

The official Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Final Field will be announced on Tuesday February 18, 2020.

The 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes field features 16 hopefuls including nine fillies taking on the boys. Race favourite is the undefeated Preview – Prelude winning colt Hanseatic (1) drawn the inside alley for last year’s winning trainer / jockey combo of Anthony Freedman & Luke Currie.

  • Scratchings: #15 Fayerra (14)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1×5 IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 16 56.5kg 72
2 1×11 HANSEATIC Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 1 56.5kg 84
3 72163 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 11 56.5kg 74
4 15×86 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 12 56.5kg 72
5 31×4 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 4 56.5kg 70
6 12 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 7 56.5kg 76
7 59×25 GLENFIDDICH Robbie Griffiths Glen Boss 9 56.5kg 67
8 4111 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10 54.5kg 78
9 2116 A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 2 54.5kg 76
10 1×2 ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8 54.5kg 78
11 11 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 3 54.5kg 76
12 21×2 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 13 54.5kg 72
13 21 PERSONAL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5 54.5kg 68
14 14 RIVERINA STORM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 6 54.5kg 63
15 44 FAYERRA Anthony Cummings Michael Dee 14 54.5kg 62
16 8×6 DIFFICULT John Moloney Jordan Childs 15 54.5kg 60

The Blue Diamond Stakes final acceptances follow on from a number of nomination / declaration stages:

  • 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations closed in July 2010 attracting a record 1767 yearlings
  • 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations closed at 12pm on Tuesday November 19, 2019
  • 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations closed at 12pm on Tuesday January 7, 2020
  • 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Third Declarations closed at 12pm on Tuesday January 28, 2020
  • 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Declarations closed at 9am (local time) on Tuesday February 18, 2020 with 16 final acceptors into the field 

Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Blue Diamond Stakes tips favour the shorter priced gallopers in the markets with favourites and single figure fancies dominating the results in the past decade. Looking for horses coming off a top two run in the Blue Diamond Prelude races and those with previous Caulfield form are also good Blue Diamond Stakes tips for punters to take.

Peter Snowden has proved a master trainer of Blue Diamond Stakes winners in recent years winning the race with Sepoy (2011), Earthquake (2014) and with Pride Of Dubai (2015) who he trained in partnership with his son Paul; looking for in-form Snowden-trained runners then is a pro tip and Blue Diamond Stakes best bet.

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 betting tips will be available below soon after the field is out so stay tuned each autumn for the Blue Diamond Stakes best bets.

Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide

The Blue Diamond Stakes form guide reveals all the must know information before you place a bet on the two-years-old classic. The saddlecloth number, starting barrier, trainer/s and jockey of each runner is listed along with lead-up form to show the best value horses in the mix.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn won four straight editions of the Blue Diamond Stakes so looking for his runner in the form guide could prove a nice bet.

Blue Diamond Stakes Form Facts

  • Five fillies have won the Blue Diamond Stakes in the past decade with: Samaready (2012), Miracles Of Life (2013), Earthquake (2014), Catchy (2017) and Lyre (2019)
  • Favourites have a top recent record in Blue Diamond Stakes betting with six from 2011 – 2020 saluting for the punters – most recently Written By ($5.50 in 2018)
  • Tagaloa (2020) became the first Blue Diamond winner since Nadeem (2006)  not run top two in their lead-up run
  • Last start winners have dominated the Blue Diamond Stakes results in the past 30 years
  • The Blue Diamond Prelude races are the key form race to follow into the Group 1 each autumn

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Blue Diamond Stakes Results

The Blue Diamond Stakes results and finishing order revealing the position each horse in the field ran is known when the event runs as Caulfield Race 8 on the last Saturday in February. Blue Diamond results reveal not only the winning horse but also the successful trainer, jockey, winning margins and the starting prices of all the runners.

Recent Blue Diamond Stakes Winners

YEAR WINNER SECOND THIRD
2020 Tagaloa Hanseatic Personal
2019 Lyre Lankan Star Free Of Debt
2018 Written By Enbihaar Oohood
2017 Catchy Pariah Formality
2016 Extreme Choice Flying Artie Zamzam
2015 Pride Of Dubai Reemah Lake Geneva
2014 Earthquake Jabali Cornrow
2013 Miracles Of Life Fast ‘n’ Rocking Godiva Rock
2012 Samaready No Looking Back Armed For Action
2011 Sepoy Hallowell Belle Masthead
2010 Star Witness Shaaheq Beneteau
2009 Reward For Effort Real Saga Maka Ena
2008 Reaan All American Burgeis
2007 Sleek Chassis Zizou Shrewd Rhythm
2006 Nadeem Miss Finland Wonderful World