2011 Blue Diamond Stakes Preview

January 19th, 2011

The 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes, one of the richest races of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, is set to take place as part of the elite line-up of stakes races at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday February 26, 2011.

Worth $1 million in prize money, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes is a set weights race for two-year-olds run over 1200m and offers one of the best betting opportunities of the year for punters.

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Blue Diamond Stakes Day is a cracker day of racing and betting featuring a nine-race programme that includes two other Group 1 features with the $500,000 Futurity Stakes (1600m) and the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Other Group races on the Blue Diamond Stakes Day card that online bookmaker Luxbet will have generous odds open on include the Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m), the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) and the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m).

The traditional lead-up races to the Blue Diamond Stakes take place a fortnight before with the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preludes, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies, taking place at Caulfield on CF Orr Stakes Day on February 12.

Last year the Blue Diamond Prelude for Colts and Geldings was won by Beneteau who went on to run third, beaten by less than half a length by Star Witness, in the Blue Diamond Stakes, while back in 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort was coming off a second place finishing in the Prelude.

Star Witness came off a win in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington in late January before becoming the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes winner.

When betting on the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes it is interesting to note that favourites don’t have the best recent record in the race with Star Witness ($10) beating $3.20 favourite Beneteau, who placed third, last year and Reward For Effort ($16) taking out the feature in 2009 as Rostova ($2.70 favourite) finished out of the money.

Following the Blue Diamond Stakes the next major feature for two-year-olds is the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), which is the richest race in Australia for juveniles, the 2011 Golden Slipper taking place at Rosehill on April 2.

Nominations for the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes will close on February 21 followed by the release of the final field on February 23.

Futures markets for the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes will open first at Luxbet offering generous odds on the race so make sure you have a Luxbet account to get in on the action!