Cohesion Stamps 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Intentions

January 27th, 2016

Godolphin runner Cohesion has stamped himself as a serious 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes prospect after displaying a keen turn of foot to take out Tuesday’s Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) event at Caulfield.

Cohesion stamped himself as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes contender on Tuesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Cohesion stamped himself as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes contender on Tuesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Cohesion was rated a $5.50 chance for success in the Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings having finished fourth in his only other competitive start; the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick in early October.

Jumping from a wide barrier well, jockey Ben Melham allowed the colt to stride forward and take a position and take up the early running in the Blue Diamond Preview; injecting notable tempo into the race from the outset.

Settling into a good rhythm, Cohesion was offered a clear racing line upon arriving on the final straight and immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by Melham; kicking clear to hit the line more than a length in the clear of Capannello; El Venetian running on for third.

Melham delivered a typically good ride aboard Cohesion for success in the Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings and is confident he will continue to improve on his way toward the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 27th.

“What he lacks in size, he makes up for it in professionalism,” Melham said after the race.

“I was really happy with his professionalism and the way he handled himself. I suppose that’s the benefit of him having one run.

“He’s obviously trialled well and came here in good order and he won like it today.”

Stable representative for Godolphin in Melbourne, David Charles said Cohesion’s performance was as expected through the class he has shown in work.

“It was John’s plan to go forward from the wide gate, and with the race experience under his belt and the trial at Sandown he was pretty ready for this race,” Charles said.

Following his run in the Blue Diamond Preview, Cohesion is currently rated a $15 chance of success in 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au.