Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 Aim for Prompt Return

November 24th, 2014

The 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse in February is the early autumn focus for the Danny O’Brien-trained Prompt Return following his first defeat at Ballarat on the weekend.

Prompt Return

Prompt Return will bypass the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in January and focus on the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The Beneteau colt has the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 28 firmly on the agenda according to the Flemington-based O’Brien despite his first career loss.

A winner of his opening two career starts including the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on November 8, Prompt Return went out as the clear favourite in Ballarat Cup Day betting for this year’s $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m).

The race is a key lead-up for juveniles heading towards a run in the lucrative $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in Queensland in early January, and as such is run the right-handed direction.

Prompt Return had his first go that way of going in the race but looked a little off his game when crossing two lengths away behind Gai Waterhouse’s classy Sydney filly Carriages.

While the winning daughter of Hinchinbrook has the 2015 Magic Millions 2YO Classic in her sights now, O’Brien is instead focused on getting the runner-up Prompt Return in peak condition for a Blue Diamond bid the following month during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

“We didn’t think he was as well suited there at Ballarat on that turning track,” O’Brien told Racing Victoria.

“Gai’s horse was obviously just too sharp for him around the corners there and with that in mind, with the Gold Coast also being a tight-turning track we’ve made the decision to bypass the Magic Millions and give him a couple of weeks in the paddock and run him in the Diamond.

“He’s had a busy enough spring already and by not pushing on to early January we can now give him a little bit of a break and have him spot on too run in the Blue Diamond.”

Despite the loss at Ballarat, O’Brien was happy with his beaten favourite’s effort and how he pulled up post-race.

“He had a tough enough run, obviously he was chasing Gai’s horse for the whole race, and James (Winks, jockey) did comment coming back that he felt like he’d had a tough run,” O’Brien said.

“But he was good as gold here Sunday morning, he’s very brought this morning and he’ll go down to our Barwon Heads property now for the next six to eight weeks and come back to get ready to run in the Prelude and the Diamond.”

The $150,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) runs a fortnight before the Group 1 at Caulfield on CF Orr Stakes Day, February 14.

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