The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) will be run at Caulfield on Saturday, February 22 and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the Blue Diamond Stakes:
1. IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Damian Lane (16) 56.5kg
2. HANSEATIC Anthony Freedman – Luke Currie (1) 56.5kg
3. RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Ben Melham (11) 56.5kg
4. TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – John Allen (12) 56.5kg
5. TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young – Michael Walker (4) 56.5kg
6. RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden – Mark Zahra (7) 56.5kg
7. GLENFIDDICH Robbie Griffiths – Glen Boss (9) 56.5kg
8. AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Jye McNeil (10) 54.5kg
9. A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Ms Linda Meech (2) 54.5kg
10. ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Luke Nolen (8) 54.5kg
11. LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young – Brett Prebble (3) 54.5kg
12. MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Damien Oliver (13) 54.5kg
13. PERSONAL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Craig Williams (5) 54.5kg
14. RIVERINA STORM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Dwayne Dunn (6) 54.5kg
15. FAYERRA Anthony Cummings – Michael Dee (14) 54.5kg
16. DIFFICULT John Moloney – Jordan Childs (15) 54.5kg
Blue Diamond Stakes Odds
Hanseatic is the favourite for the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes with TAB.
Away Game $12
A Beautiful Night $21
Ideas Man $51
Riverina Storm $51
Blue Diamond Stakes Tips
The Anthony Freedman-trained Hanseatic aims for four in a row in Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and looks incredibly hard to beat.
Having taken out the two-year-old feature last year with Lyre, Freedman and jockey Luke Currie certainly know what it takes to win the $1.5 million race.
With extra early speed injected into the race, Hanseatic may be better off dropping out to the rear and being able to build momentum on the bend before exploding down the outside late.
He posted a new personal best last start going 8.0 lengths quicker than standard BM as he hauled in Rulership who tried to lead all the way.
Letzbeglam was also three wide without cover last start and could improve significantly with an easier run along the rail and I think she rates as the main danger along with Rulership.
Muntaseera probably has more upside than most and did a bit wrong last time when overracing, while her stable mate Away Game just keeps getting the job done and can’t be dismissed either.
However, Hanseatic also has upside and will be peaking on the day, and with his superior finishing speed, I’m not worried about the inside barrier being a potential negative.