2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Third-Up for Defcon

January 19th, 2016

Two-year-old Defcon is yet to appear at the races competitively but has impressed through a number of strong trials amongst talented company, and has been confirmed to kick off his 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes campaign in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on January 30th.

Peter Snowden is pleased with Defcon ahead of his 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes campaign. Photo: Daniel Costello

Peter Snowden is pleased with Defcon ahead of his 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes campaign. Photo: Daniel Costello

Defcon lined up for his third barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday morning, and after flying the gates was allowed to take up the pace; receiving an easy run of it on pace before extending in the final straight to comfortably find the line in the clear.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by the colt in the lead-up to his competitive debut and is hopeful he can carry his condition through to the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“He is a nice horse, he has speed and he is very strong,” Paul Snowden told Racing Ahead.

“It is a similar thing to Capitalist – we don’t know what he has got left because we have always hung on to him in his trials and in his work.

“It is quite exciting.”

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said that while at the opposite way of going, he is confident the Canonbury Stakes is the ideal launch pad for the son of Choisir ahead of the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“He is coming along nicely, we just thought kicking him off in Sydney is the right option and then he will head down for the (Blue Diamond) Prelude,” he said.

Defcon won a strong Randwick barrier trial in his first public appearance in September, however Team Snowden elected to keep the two-year-old away from Spring Carnival options, with a view towards a fresh Blue Diamond Stakes campaign.

Running third in a Rosehill trial over 900m on January 4th, Defcon is currently rated a $9 chance of success in early 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au following this morning’s trial.

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