O’Brien Pleased With 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes Prospect Ragazzo Del Corsa

January 14th, 2015

Charging home to secure an impressive maiden victory at Flemington over the weekend, trainer Danny O’Brien is confident talented two-year-old Raggazo Del Corsa is more than capable of progressing into a legitimate 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) contender come late February.

Trainer Danny O'Brien is confident Ragazzo Del Corsa has the talent to contest the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Trainer Danny O’Brien is confident Ragazzo Del Corsa has the talent to contest the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Jumping from the gates well in the Better Beyond Plate (1000m), jockey James Winks settled Ragazzo Del Corsa in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving an ideal run in transit and exploding from the pack in the final straight to find the line two lengths in the clear of closest rival Helsingor.

Understandably thrilled with the performance mustered by the son of Stratum in only his second competitive start, O’Brien told Racing Ahead his team had been disappointed with a first-up run for third at Moonee Valley and revealed he will now have a brief break before returning for the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) two weeks prior to the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“We were hoping that Moonee Valley wasn’t a true indication of the colt’s ability because he showed a lot more at home,” O’Brien said.

“He was far-more comfortable down the straight and really got into a good rhythm there and was really pulling into the race so it’s nice to see we were probably right.

“He’s always been a colt we were hoping was Blue Diamond sort of quality and off the back of Saturday we’ve probably got a little bit more confidence in that.

“He’ll have a month down at Bowen Heads now and come back and have a jump out and he’ll run in Melbourne in the Prelude which basically usually defines whether you’re up to it or not.”

Having jumped from the gates well in his racing debut; the CRT Whites Wires Plate (1000m) on December 12th, Ragazzo Del Corsa was unlucky to be blocked for a run out of the gates and was disappointing in his inability to completely overcome the early check.

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