2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Possible for Sword Of Light

January 27th, 2016

Connections will now consider paying the late entrance fee of $55,000 for the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) after classy filly Sword Of Light debuted to racing for success in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) event for fillies at Caulfield on Tuesday.

Connections will consider paying a late entry fee into the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes for Sword Of Light. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Connections will consider paying a late entry fee into the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes for Sword Of Light. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sword Of Light was rated some chance of success in betting markets for the Preview race prior to jump after winning on debut and performing well in a handful of Victorian barrier trials in the lead-up to her black type debut.

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damian Lane steered the daughter of New Approach forward and took an ideal position on the heels of the races early leaders, receiving an ideal run in transit off a steady pace.

Appearing momentarily blocked for a run upon rounding onto the final straight, Lane threaded the needle with the two-year-old before she produced a scintillating turn of foot to attack the line a length and a quarter in the clear of Emphatically and Dream First.

Owner David Moodie was understandably pleased with Sword Of Light’s performance but confirmed the team will allow the dust to settle on the win before deciding whether or not to progress to the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“It’s four or five weeks away,” Moodie said.

“She’s been through a lot. She got pulled out at Flemington so she’s had to barrier trial again and had to be re-educated again.

“She’s been through the ringer a bit, so it’s highly unlikely that she’d get to a Blue Diamond with everything she’s been through.

“We’ll just let the dust settle and see how she is.”

In taking out the Blue Diamond Preview for fillies, Sword Of Light has extended her career and unbeaten record to two wins from as many starts.

Sword Of Light is currently available at 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $15 in early betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.