Mama’s Choice has shot into contention for the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes after winning the Listed Emirates Airlines Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday February 4, 2012.
The two-year-old filly proved too good for the other juveniles, sprinting home from last to win the race by half a length ahead of Formidable and Jimando.
It was the first ever race start for the Redoute’s Choice filly, who is now a $9 chance at Luxbet to win the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25, 2012.
Trainer David Hayes has won the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes on five occasions.
Hayes said he always expected Mama’s Choice to be competitive last Saturday.
“We were confident before the barriers were drawn but from that awkward barrier (nine of 11) I didn’t want to drive her forward,” Hayes said.
“So coming from last was always going to be a task but she was impressive wasn’t she.”
“She joined in very quickly, put it all over very quickly, then switched off.
“That’s what I liked – her turn of foot from the 400 to the 200 (metres).
“I’d say we’d be right in it (the Blue Diamond), we’ve hit form at the right time.
“It never used to happen in the old era, but in this era Diamond winners step out around now.”
Mama’s Choice, already recognisable for the perfect heart shaped marking on her forehead, was one of seven two-year-olds given to Hayes by owner Jonathan Munz.
“I haven’t been winning any two-year-old races this year but in a normal year I would have gone into the race roaring confident,” Hayes said of Saturday’s Listed Emirates Airlines Stakes.
“But having run so many placings I thought maybe my team of horses are a little off the mark.
“So I’m happy and relieved that one has stepped up at the right time.”
Jimando has now lengthened in odds at Luxbet to $8 after originally being the $5.50 favourite for the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes.
The race favourite in now Malasun, who is paying $6 at Luxbet after winning the Listed Blue Diamond Preview for fillies last start.
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