Secret Agenda Primed for 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes

January 29th, 2015

Stamping her name as a leading chance for success with an impressive debut victory in early December, Secret Agenda impressed with a strong barrier trial will at Sandown on Tuesday and appears primed for a successful run in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 28th.

Cornrow (inside) ran third for Secret Agenda's trainer Mick Price in the 2014 edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Cornrow (inside) ran third for Secret Agenda’s trainer Mick Price in the 2014 edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates well in the 800 hit-out, Secret Agenda was immediately led towards the front of the pack by champion jockey Damien Oliver; settling one off the rails on the heels of the early leaders.

Displaying an exceptional turn of foot late to hit the line comfortably in the clear, Oliver told Racing Victoria he is confident the daughter of Not A Single Doubt is a great chance of black type success through the 2015 Autumn Carnival.

“She felt good, she jumped well and sat just behind them before moving up nicely in the straight,” Oliver said.

“When she won on debut she jumped and ran and dominated the race so it was nice to see her add another string to her bow today by sitting off one and coming home well.

“Physically she’s hasn’t changed a lot, she’s maybe strengthened a little bit but she feels as though she’s got plenty of improvement still to come and she’s on target I’d say.”

Trainer Mick Price saddled talented pair Jabali and Cornrow to second and third in the 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes, and confirmed Secret Agenda will next head to the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 14th after impressing on Tuesday.

“I thought she trialled really well with something up her sleeve which is just what we wanted,” Price said.

“I think the big advantage we have with her was that we didn’t push on with her after she won at Moonee Valley.

“She could have kept going but I think she’s improved and now we’re getting the benefit of a full tank heading into the bigger races.”

Having taken out the CRT Whites Wires Plate (1000m) on debut by close to four lengths, Secret Agenda currently ranks as a $4.80 second-favourite for 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes success with Ladbrokes.com.au.

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