Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Blue Diamond Stakes

The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes is the premier race for two-year-old thoroughbreds held during the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the elite Group 1 feature conducted at Caulfield Racecourse in late February.

The 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes will be held on February 27th, 2016.

Run over a sprint distance of 1200m under set weight conditions, the Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes is the richest juveniles feature of the carnival worth $1.5 million in prize money.

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Blue Diamond Stakes Day is one of the biggest days of racing and betting during the year, offering punters an excellent line-up of eight Group status races to have a punt on.

Other features on the card include the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1600m), the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).

Blue Diamond Stakes History

The Blue Diamond Stakes was inaugurated in 1971 when Tolerance claimed victory.

It began as a Principal race held over six furlongs before the race distance was converted to 1200m in 1973 with the introduction of the metric system to Australia.

In 1980 the quality of the race and the horses it attracted was formerly recognised as the Blue Diamond Stakes was elevated to a Group 1 event.

From 2016 the Blue Diamond Stakes will be sponsored by Ladbrokes.com.au.

Blue Diamond Stakes Betting

Betting on the Blue Diamond Stakes is a huge affair as the race draws a massive prize pool and is included in a number of popular betting doubles.

Punters looking for a guide to their Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes wagers should keep an eye on the traditional lead-up races to the event, which are the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude for Colts & Geldings (1100m) and the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies (1100m) both held at Caulfield a fortnight before the big event.

The 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort won the Listed Blue Diamond Preview for Colts & Geldings (1000m) and then placed second in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) before winning the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Star Witness, the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes winner, was coming off a win in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington in late January.

The Blue Diamond Stakes is also used by a number of two-year-olds as a lead-up to the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in early April, which is the richest race for two-year-olds in the world.

The best tip for enjoying a bigger win on the Blue Diamond Stakes is to get a better price on your selections by betting online at an Aussie bookmaker such as bookmaker.com.au or Ladbrokes.com.au, who beat the TAB for value, convenience and bonuses every time!

Upcoming Group 1 Races

Group 1

Futurity Stakes

(1400m)

Caulfield

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Oakleigh Plate

(1100m)

Caulfield

$350,000

Hcp

Group 1

Chipping Norton Stakes

(1600m)

Caulfield

$350,000

3YO& Up WFA

Group 1

Randwick Guineas

(1600m)

Caulfield

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

William Reid Stakes

(1200m)

Caulfield

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Ranvet Stakes

(2000m)

Rosehill

$400,000

3YO & Up WFA

Follow all of the action from the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival with the latest racing news.

And don’t forget! The 2016 Melbourne Cup is upcoming!

Blue Diamond Stakes News

Race favourite Extreme Choice has won the 2016 Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield today from a strong finishing Flying Artie. Jockey Craig Newitt, who picked up the ride on Extreme Choice after Damien Oliver chose to ride Flying Artie instead, was able to settle Extreme Choice in…