The 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes is nearing ever closer and the race is gearing up to be one of the best ever when it runs at Caulfield on Saturday February 26, 2011.
Sepoy has firmed into odds on favourite, currently paying $1.85 to win at Luxbet.
The Elusive Quality two-year-old cemented his place as overwhelming favourite after convincingly winning the Blue Diamond Stakes Preview for Colts and Geldings by 3.5 lengths on February 12, 2011.
Peter Snowden’s Sepoy remains unbeaten after three runs that have seen him earn $195,000 in prize money.
Despite winning both the Blue Diamond Prelude and the Blue Diamond Preview, a win in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes will not see Sepoy claim the $1 million bonus for winning all three races due to a technicality.
In order to claim the bonus, the fields in which the winning horse competes in each of the three Blue Diamond stages must contain a minimum of 12 runners.
Unfortunately for Sepoy, his Blue Diamond Preview field contained only 11.
One horse that would have been eligible for the Blue Diamond Bonus was Peter Moody’s One Last Dance.
However, in a move that shocked many race enthusiasts, One Last Dance has been withdrawn from the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes field and will instead go for a spell.
One Last Dance was second favourite to win the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes after narrowly winning the Blue Diamond Prelude on February 12.
One Last Dance has also remained unbeaten throughout her three start career.
Amongst the juveniles to be confirmed a place after the ballot was released is Clarry Conners’ Satin Shoes.
Satin Shoes has firmed up in the betting after her seemingly effortless win of Listed Widden Stakes on February 12.
Satin Shoes will hope to make it four from four wins with a victory in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes and is currently third favourite in the betting order, paying $13.
Hallowell Belle has firmed into second favourite, paying around $9 for the win at Luxbet, after her gutsy run in the Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies last Saturday.
Despite finishing third, Hallowell Belle had the toughest run of the race and exploded down the straight to finish in the placings.
That run has given punters the confidence in the Peter Moody filly’s ability to perform and she is well supported to win the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes.
However, Hallowell Belle currently sits outside the starters field, after being given a ballot of 18 in the 16 horse field.
Atomic is currently equal third favourite in the line of betting, despite not yet actually being nominated.
Trainer Lee Freedman and Atomic’s connections are making the difficult decision of whether or not to pay the $55,000 late entry fee to give their Commands colt a start in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes after the two-year-old won his first start in the Chairman Stakes on February 9.
Atomic is currently paying around $13 for a win at Luxbet.
Lee Freedman’s other chance, Masthead, is now guaranteed a start after he won the 2yo Inglis Premier at Mornington yesterday and is paying generous odds of around $26 at Luxbet.
Other confirmed starters now include Wendy Kelly’s Artic Command, John McArdle’s Delago’s Lad, John Thompson’s Pane In The Glass and Peter Snowden’s Helmet and Glissade.
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