Blue Diamond Stakes Day is truly one of the best days of the Autumn Carnival and there is a plethora of quality racing taking place at Caulfield this Saturday.
There are three Group 1 races on the card, headlined by the Blue Diamond Stakes for the two-year-olds.
Below you can find our 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Day Preview including our betting suggestions.
Race 1 - 12:35am
Keno Classic Handicap (2000m)
Just Benjamin is a horse with an enormous amount of ability and, in my opinion, he showed plenty of heart with his last start win at Caulfield. This is again short of his best but I believe he is a level ahead of most of these in this field and he can continue on his winning ways and start our day off on a good note.
5 Units Just Benjamin
Race 2 - 1:10pm
Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m)
This is a very interesting edition of the Autumn Classic with the return of the VRC Oaks winner in Miami Bound. Nonconformist has put together two dominant wins, first at Pakenham by six lengths and then at Caulfield by 2.2 lengths. Her last win was ultra-impressive considering she looked very green and was laying in down the straight. If she can put it all together then who knows what her ceiling is this prep.
Adelaide Ace will also have a fitness edge over the Oaks winner and she is another that has untapped ability. The inside draw should not be an issue and she can again be in the mix.
1 Unit Nonconformist
1 Unit Adelaide Ace
Race 3 - 1:45pm
Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m)
Pandemic has managed to win three of his five career race starts to date and he looks a horse that will measure up in some of the bigger three-year-old races later in the Autumn. This is another very winnable race for him in a small field with Damian Lane steering.
I’m willing to forgive Groundswell for a very ordinary effort last start at Caulfield as it didn’t look like he handled the soft ground very well. He’s better than that.
4 Units Pandemic
1/2 Unit Groundswell
Race 4 - 2:20pm
Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m)
Spanish Reef was ridden upside down from a bad barrier first-up at Caulfield but she finished off the race very well, savaging the line late. I’d love to see them be more aggressive from a nice draw this time and sit just in behind News Girl and give her every chance to show her early speed.
I don’t want to be losing on the race if Aristia can get the chocolates first up. She is a horse with an enormous amount of ability and although she can race a little dour early in her prep, this looks a nice grade of racing for her first up. If there is a nice speed battle on upfront, look for her late!
2 Units Spanish Reef
1 Unit Aristia
Race 5 - 2:55pm
Group 2 Armanasco Stakes (1400m)
The John Sadler trained Score is a filly that looks to be crying out for further to my eye. She is only a lightly raced young horse and she is improving with every run she has. She is a horse that needs a lot to go her way but she came from last to grind away at Caulfield last start and she had the quickest closing sectionals in the race. Dwayne Dunn can conserve some energy from the good draw and she meets Acting, who I have as her main danger, 1kg better at the weights.
2 Units Score
Race 6 - 3:30pm
Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m)
The top three in the market hold the key to the Group 1 Futurity Stakes as the field falls away dramatically after that. Kolding proved himself a star of the turf with wins in the Epsom Handicap and Golden Eagle in the Spring and I think he can go to another level this Autumn. His first-up effort was just okay at Randwick but he usually takes sharp improvement second-up and he will appreciate the rise in distance. Glen Boss will steer again from barrier five and the star hoop has a lot of confidence in the horse. He only has to navigate around a few that will be dropping off quickly and set his sights on the other two.
3 Units Kolding
Race 7 - 4:10pm
Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m)
Hanseatic looks a star and is the deserved favourite going into the Blue Diamond Stakes, however, the inside draw is a horrible result for the colt. Rulership was there to be beaten after having done all the work in front in the Prelude but he maps to get a much better time of it in front from a good barrier. He had every right to be run over late but he found plenty in the straight and he is a tough little horse.
2 Units Rulership
Race 8 - 4:50pm
Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m)
This is another outstanding edition of the Oakleigh Plate and while there is plenty of value on offer I can’t tip against the star three-year-old colt in Bivouac. He had no luck when taking on the older horses in the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes and he looked the winner in the Coolmore Stud Stakes before being grabbed late by Exceedance. There is plenty of speed in this race and Craig Williams can take full advantage of a good draw and sit just in behind the hot tempo.
I don’t think we have seen the best of Trope yet and this also presents as a nice race for the lightly raced four-year-old. He has raced well first-up in the past and he is another that has drawn well and can take advantage of the speed on upfront should the race pan out that way.
2 Units Bivouac
1 Unit Trope
Race 9 - 5:30pm
Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m)
This looks a perfect race for Kings Will Dream to return to the winner’s stall. He was narrowly denied in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield and he will appreciate the step up to 1800m second-up.
Constantinople has raced well fresh in Europe in the past and he is a horse with untapped ability. Whatever he does in the race, he will only improve on going forward but a small each-way play is recommended.
2 Units Kings Will Dream
1/2 Unit Constantinople