2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) Nominations Feature Malasun

February 6th, 2012

Malasun will look to win the second leg of the Blue Diamond series when she lines up for the 2012 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday February 11, 2012.

The Red Ransom filly won on debut in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) on January 26, 2012, and a win in Saturday’s race would keep her hopes of claiming the $1 million bonus alive.

The bonus is paid to any horse who is able to win all three legs of the Blue Diamond against a race field that has no less than 11 runners.

Malasun is one of 13 fillies to feature in the 2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) nominations.

Trainer Mick Price was originally going to save Malasun for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes.

”I take a punt if I do run her and take a punt if I don’t, but after looking again at the replay of her Caulfield win, she’s still learning her craft and it just seems the best option to let her have that race experience,” Price said.

”She won well on debut, but it was the first time she’d been in among horses and she was a bit green and then when she hit the front, she was mentally off and on, so I’m thinking that another run could do her the world of good with a mind to the big one two weeks later.”

Price will also saddle up Tuscan Haze and Samaready in the 2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies).

Samaready won on debut in the $70,000 Spotless Plate at Flemington in December and will be having her first start in eight weeks.

”I’d say she has improved since Flemington where I really liked the way she went about things,” Price said.

The trainer is giving Tuscan Haze the opportunity to win big on debut in the 2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies).

”She’s shown us enough to think that if [Saturday’s] race was a 1000-metre maiden, she’d win it, but whether she can measure up to the better fillies at her first run, it’s hard to know,” he said.

Sabie, Formidable and Diamond Earth are also included in the 2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) nominations.

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2012 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 APPLEGATE Peter Snowden 72
2 CLEARWATER BAY David Hayes 62
4 DIAMOND EARTH Anthony Cummings 82
5 FORMIDABLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 72
6 MALASUN Mick Price 72
7 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon 72
8 PRINCETON MISS Robbie Griffiths 62
9 REAL STOLLE John P Thompson 72
10 SABIE Anthony Freedman 68
11 SAMAREADY Mick Price 70
12 SWEETENER Mark Kavanagh 62
13 TUSCAN HAZE Mick Price