2011 Blue Diamond Stakes – Final Field & Barrier Draw

February 22nd, 2011

The barrier draw has been released today for the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday February 26, 2011.

Odds-on favourite Sepoy had been allocated barrier five for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

Sepoy has won all of his three starts to date and has so far never had to jump from a barrier wider than seven, winning his last start in the Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings from this gate.

The Elusive Quality colt won both the first two stages of the Blue Diamond by a convincing three and a half lengths.

Claiming the inside gate in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes is Danny O’Brien’s Running Tall.

Running Tall finished second behind Sepoy in the Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings on February 12, and will be hoping that his barrier draw will give him the edge over his competitors in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Tim Martin’s Anevay, who is primed for an upset win against Sepoy in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes after her classy victory in the Listed Talindert Stakes last start, was fortunate enough to draw barrier three.

Anevay won the $100,000 Talindert Stakes on February 19, 2011, by a substantial three and a half lengths.

Anevay is currently third in the line of betting, paying $10 for the win at Luxbet.

Robbie Laing’s Spectrolite has been unlucky in drawing the widest barrier (14) in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Spectrolite finished sixth in the first leg of the Blue Diamond -the Blue Diamond Preview– but perfomed well in a recent barrier trial on February 7, 2011.

Spectrolite has won one of his previous three starts, and will be looking for his first Group win of his career in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Also unsuccessful in the barrier draws were Lee Freedman’s Masthead (13), John Thompson’s Helping Hand (12) and Robbie Laing’s Grand Britannia (11).

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2011 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Handicapper
1 SEPOY Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 55.5 95
2 MASTHEAD Lee Freedman Dwayne Dunn 13 55.5 72
3 ARCTIC COMMAND Wendy Kelly Dale Smith 10 55.5 76
4 DELAGO’S LAD John McArdle Chris Symons 9 55.5 74
5 GRAND BRITANNIA Robbie Laing Nash Rawiller 11 55.5 77
6 ATOMIC Lee Freedman Craig Newitt 2 55.5 74
7 RUNNING TALL Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 1 55.5 72
8 ENVIOUS Clinton McDonald Glen Boss 8 55.5 64
9 ANEVAY Tim Martin Nicholas Hall 3 53.5 75
10 SPECTROLITE Robbie Laing Danny Nikolic 14 53.5 72
11 HOLDONTOYAHORSES Mick Price Damien Oliver 7 53.5 74
12 HELPING HAND John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 12 53.5 72
13 METONYMY Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 53.5 70
14 HALLOWELL BELLE Peter G Moody Craig Williams 4 53.5 68