2016 Blue Diamond Favourite to Tune Up in Chairman’s Stakes

January 29th, 2016

Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Extreme Choice has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from his time away from racing and trainer Mick Price has revealed the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on February 6th will figure as the only tune-up for the two-year-old leading into the feature race.

Extreme Choice will have his final Blue Diamond lead-up run in the Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Steve Hart

Extreme Choice will have his final Blue Diamond lead-up run in the Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Steve Hart

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Extreme Choice more than stamped his claims as a colt to follow when delivering a talented field a resounding defeat for a $290,000, two length win in the Inglis Nursey (1000m) at Randwick on December 12th.

Having produced another strong piece of work last week, Price told Racing Ahead champion hoop Damien Oliver gave the colt a glowing review and is confident he exhibits all the necessary traits of a Blue Diamond Stakes winner.

“Damien Oliver trialled him here at Caulfield and he went really well,” Price said.

“He didn’t trial like a runaway two-year-old which we’ve already seen from him so I didn’t need to see him trial like that but he should be very, very hard to beat Saturday week. I think it will be a nice run into the Blue Diamond.”

Price added the colt has taken great condition from his time away from racing and a single run in the Chairman’s Handicap followed by three weeks into the Blue Diamond Stakes is all he will require.

“I didn’t see a need to be banging him around in the (Blue Diamond) Previews and Preludes. If I run on the sixth it gives me three weeks into the Blue Diamond,” Price said.

While yet to run a race more than 1000m, Price has no doubt Extreme Choice will get the extra 200m of the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

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