2012 Blue Diamond first declarations.

November 23rd, 2011

The dream is still alive for the owners of 536 two-year-olds after first declaration closed today on the Patinack Farm Group 1 $1m 2012  Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25.

Victoria’s richest and most prestigious two-year-old event has again had a strong response matching other years with numbers exceeding 500 – the numbers have been culled  down from the 1277 nominations taken in June.

Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack operation won’t be giving away the prizemoney without a fight.

It is a case of strength in numbers with 41 of their two-year-olds still entered for the 2012 Blue Diamond – it is the most from any stable.

Melbourne’s leading trainer Peter Moody has 32 juveniles entered and will be hoping one can emulate the feat of 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort.

Not many winners of the time-honoured Blue Diamond have been as good as last year’s winner Sepoy.

He joined an elite group to win the Blue Diamond/Golden Slipper double including Courtza, Manikato, Bounding Away and John’s Hero.

No one would be hoping more than its trainer Peter Snowden that one of his 33 entrants can emulate the feat of the Elusive Quality youngster in the 2012 Blue Diamond.

While David Hayes has had a slow season, the Blue Diamond, more than any other race, has been fruitful in his rich family history.

David has won five Blue Diamonds but brother the late Peter Hayes and late father and hall of famer Colin also had great success in the Blue Diamond Stakes.

He has 27 in the 2012 Blue Diamond first declarations with just on half named.

Hayes’s former foreman Tony McEvoy has a small but strong hand in the 2012 Blue Diamond with Jimando, Swipeline, Little Critter and Maximus Moonard all present.

Caulfield trainer Mick Price would like to right his infamous past history in the race and has 23 in the2012 Blue  Diamond.

Price’s Roedean past the post first in the 2003 but lost it after a positive swab was discovered.

Blue Diamond declaration times.

  • First Late Entry: Any horse not previously nominated may be nominated in the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes before 12
  • NOON on Tuesday, 22 November, 2011 accompanied by a fee of $5,500.
  • Second Declaration: 12 NOON, Tuesday, 10 January, 2012: Fee of $440.
  • Third Declaration: 12 NOON, Tuesday, 31 January, 2012: Fee of $660.
  • Second Late Entry OR RE-ENTRY: Any horse which was not a third acceptor may be nominated or re-nominated in the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes before 12 NOON on Monday, 20 February, 2012 accompanied by a fee of $55,000. Any horse nominated under this condition will also be liable for the Final Acceptance Fee.
  • Final Declaration: 9am, Tuesday, 21 February, 2012: Fee of $5,500.
  • Final Declaration OF RIDERS: 12 NOON, Wednesday, 22 February, 2012.


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