263 horses still in contention for the Blue Diamond Stakes

“Level playing field” is a cliché that gets over-used, but it is certainly appropriate in the run up to this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes.
The field has never looked closer, as demonstrated by the fact that there are still some 263 two year olds that are eligible to run, following the second acceptance closing out last week. This is 43 up on last year.
Lindsay Park leading the way
The formidable training partnership of Tom Dabernig, David Hays and Ben Hayes from the Lindsay Park stable is leading the way with no fewer than 43 nominations, 25 of which were sired by legendary stallion I Am Invincible. Not far behind, Tony McEvoy has Darren Weir 22 and Peter and Paul Snowden
Other notable sires include Snitzel with 20 entries and Fastnet Rock with while Zoustar, a stallion who has been hitting the headlines in recent months, has
An early look at the favourites
With so many horses still in contention, there will be plenty of manoeuvring when it comes to odds over the coming weeks, so race fans need to stay glued to their smartphones – check out for the best way to keep up with the latest on either iOS or Android. Even now, however, there are some names that are attracting the attention of the tipsters.
Filly Brooklyn Hustle became an overnight star after winning on debut at Moonee Valley last month. Her trainer, Jason Warren, went on record to describe her as the best two year old he has ever trained. She is the early favourite among bookmakers, a position that will be either strengthened or reassessed after she has a run out in the Prelude on 09 February.
Other notable names include Espaaniyah, who won the Inglis Banner on debut last October, Vinicuna, the winner of the Maribyrnong Plate, Bella Rossa, who won the Ottawa Stakes and Steal My Kisses, the winner of the Merson Cooper Stakes. Also, look out for the Mike Moroney trained Hawker Hurricane, who coasted to victory in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic.
More about the Blue Diamond Stakes
This year’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes race series will get underway with the Previews on 26 January. Three days later will be the third and final round of declarations, and then the Preludes in 09 February. This leads up to the big Group 1 event, which will be run over a distance of 6 f on 23 February.
All the action takes place at Caulfield Racecourse. This is Victoria’s riches event for two year olds, with a total prize fund of $1.5 million. Last year’s race was the kind of event that people are still talking about today, and was won by father and son team Jordan and Greg Childs’ Written All the indications are that this year’s event will be just as tightly contested, and it is always a great day out. So why not get onto the Melbourne Racing Club website and book your tickets?

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