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 52nd edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes ran on Saturday February 26, 2022 and was won in an upset by Daumier ($20) who handed Anthony & Sam Freedman with a third victory in four years.
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Results
The official Blue Diamond Stakes Results 2022 will be published below on Saturday February 26, 2022.
- 1st: #3 Daumier ($20)
- 2nd: #11 Revolutionary Miss
- 3rd: #6 Jacquinot
Anthony & Sam Freedman enjoyed back-to-back wins and their third success in four years with Preview winner Daumier ($20) donning the blinkers to hold off Prelude winning filly Revolutionary Miss in a thrilling 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes result.
Blue Diamond Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: 2YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1.5 million
- First Run: 1971
Blue Diamond Stakes Betting
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 three of the Blue Diamond Stakes winners from 2010 – 2022 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 – 2022 including Extreme Choice (2016) and Written By (2018).
Tagaloa ($26 in 2020), Artorius ($13 in 2021) and Daumier ($20 in 2022) all recently won at double-figures, 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.
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds
Our latest Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 odds will be available and updated below over the autumn so stay tuned for the best Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes 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 Stakes Field
The Blue Diamond Stakes field features the season’s best two-year-olds and is run at set weights. 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.
2011 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sepoy. Photo: Taron Clarke.
Seven recent Blue Diamond Stakes winners (from 2014 – 2022) 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 (1000m) at the track in early February.
Most recently, Preview winning colt Daumier (2022) improved on lead-up Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) third to win the Group 1 in an upset at 19/1.
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 August the previous year followed by a number of declaration stages before the final field of acceptances is released the week of the race.
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Field
The official Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 Final Field will be announced on Wednesday February 23, 2022.
The 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes field features 16 young hopefuls with the six fillies taking on the boys led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s Prelude winner Revolutionary Miss, while Lofty Strike chases a third career win backing up off his win in the Prelude for colts and geldings.
The official Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 barrier draw took place shortly after with Lofty Strike in gate 13, Revolutionary Miss in barrier 11 and Sebonack looking to have come up trumps with gate eight.
- SCRATCHINGS UPDATE: #2 Lofty Strike (13) has been scratched due to lameness.
The Blue Diamond Stakes final acceptances follow on from a number of nomination / declaration stages:
- 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations closed in August 2021 attracting 1594 yearlings
- 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations closed in mid-November 2021 leaving 933 entries
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.
The Snowdens were narrowly denied another win in 2022 with their Prelude winning filly Revolutionary Miss going down in a photo-thriller running second to upset winner Daumier.
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 betting tips will be available below soon after the field is out so stay tuned each autumn for the Blue Diamond Stakes best bets.
- To Win: #11 Revolutionary Miss ($7 at time of publish)
Going for the fillies to reign supreme here for the first time since Lyre (2019) with this class daughter of Russian Revolution who is improving each run. She was good with back-to-back Sydney seconds including in the Gimcrack Stakes – a nice form race – before coming south and dominating the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude at double-figures. She is value again here to beat home the boys, drawn in gate 11 that has produced two recent champions of this great two-year-olds race. She’s still got improvement, the step-up to six furlongs looks a non-issue and she ran quicker time in the girl’s Prelude than Lofty Strike won his. Jamie Kah aboard and the Snowdens know how to prepare a top juvenile.
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 – 2022 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
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Blue Diamond Stakes 2022 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
||Free Of Debt
||Pride Of Dubai
||Miracles Of Life
||Fast ‘n’ Rocking
||No Looking Back
||Armed For Action
||Reward For Effort