Ladbrokes Tip: No Blue Diamond Stakes winner has run worse than second in their lead-up run in the past decade
The Ladbrokes 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 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes runs on Saturday February 24, 2018 .
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: 2YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1.5 million
- First Run: 1971
Blue Diamond Stakes Field
The Ladbrokes 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.
Two of the past three Blue Diamond Stakes winners both ran in the respective Blue Diamond Prelude lead-ups a fortnight before the Group 1 with Pride Of Dubai (2015) running second in the race for colts and geldings and Catchy (2017) coming off a win in the fillies’ edition of the same key lead-up. 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.
2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Field & Nominations
- Blue Diamond Stakes nominations closed in July of 2017 and featured a record 1470 early entries
- Blue Diamond Stakes first acceptances closed on Tuesday November 21, 2017
- Blue Diamond Stakes second declarations closed on Tuesday January 9, 2018 and attracted 220 hopefuls
- Blue Diamond Stakes third acceptances close on Tuesday January 30, 2018
- Blue Diamond Stakes final field is announced on Tuesday February 20, 2018
Ladbrokes 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 seven of the eight Blue Diamond Stakes winners from 2010 – 2017 won their lead-up race and favourites in the Blue Diamond Stakes odds have a gun record with five saluting for the punters from 2011 – 2017 including Extreme Choice (2016). The last double figure hope in Blue Diamond betting to salute was Reward For Effort ($16 in 2009) so 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.
2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds
Our latest Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 odds will be available and updated below over the autumn so stay tuned for the best Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.
Ladbrokes 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.
2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 betting tips will be available below soon after the field is out so stay tuned each autumn for the Blue Diamond Stakes best bets.
Ladbrokes 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
- Four fillies have won the Blue Diamond Stakes in the past decade with: Samaready (2012), Miracles Of Life (2013), Earthquake (2014) and Catchy (2017)
- Favourites have a top recent record in Blue Diamond Stakes betting with five of the seven winners from 2011 – 2017 saluting for the punters
- Nadeem (2006) was the last Blue Diamond winner to 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
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.
2018 Blue Diamond Stakes Results
The official Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Results 2018 will be published below on Saturday February 24, 2018 .
Recent Blue Diamond Stakes Winners
|2016||Extreme Choice||Flying Artie||Zamzam|
|2015||Pride Of Dubai||Reemah||Lake Geneva|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||Godiva Rock|
|2012||Samaready||No Looking Back||Armed For Action|
|2009||Reward For Effort||Real Saga||Maka Ena|
|2007||Sleek Chassis||Zizou||Shrewd Rhythm|
|2006||Nadeem||Miss Finland||Wonderful World|