2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Second-Up for Concealer

February 2nd, 2016

Tony McEvoy has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Concealer through her short racing career so far and has revealed the two-year-old will contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) second-up on February 27th.

Concealer will contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes second-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Concealer will contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes second-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Concealer left a rank outsider in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, but produced a particularly classy effort to finish strong and deliver a notable field a comfortable half-length defeat.

McEvoy told RSN the filly has taken plenty of benefit from her time away from racing and subsequent return to work, and will resume in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at Caulfield on February 13th before progression to the feature race a fortnight later.

“We liked her coming in,” McEvoy said.

“Her trials were good and her work was extremely good at home in Angaston.

“She’s in Melbourne and is going very well and I’m really looking forward to her. She’ll run in the Prelude then into the Blue Diamond second-up.

“Physically she has definitely improved – she’s got more cover on her now. Thankfully she hasn’t grown much because she didn’t need to.

“She’s got a great, big expressive action and I’m liking what I’m seeing from her.”

Jumping from the gates well in the Emirates Airline Plate, jockey Zac Purton allowed the filly to stride forward and take an ideal position on the heels of the race’s early leaders who set only a fair tempo over the back straight.

Temporarily blocked for a run upon arriving at the final straight, Purton allowed the daughter of Nicconi ample time to balance before launching their late assault; claiming a $90,000 pay check in her only competitive start to date.

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