The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) takes place at Caulfield Racecourse annually in February during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is a set-weights race for two-year-olds.
With a $1 million prize fund, the race attracts the country’s best up and coming juvenile sprinters and is one of three Group 1 races to be run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
Other races include the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m), Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), and the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).
The best lead-up races to the Blue Diamond Stakes are the fillies and colts and geldings editions of the Blue Diamond Preview (1100m) held at the same course two weeks earlier.
Sprinters tackling this race may then go for a brief freshen up before tackling Australia’s richest two-year-old sprint, the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond was won by Tolerance when the race was run over six furlongs as a Principal race.
Two years after its inception, the race converted to the metric system, and so was recognised as a 1,200 metre event. In 1980, the Blue Diamond Stakes found the ultimate recognition in progressing to its current Group 1 status.
The short but illustrious honour roll lists some very accomplished sprinters with the most recent winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes being Miracles Of Life in 2013.
Other former winners of the Blue Diamond include Manikato (1978), Rancher (1982), Redoute’s Choice (1999), Bel Esprit (2002), Sepoy (2011) and Samaready (2012).