Samara Dancer to Gallop for Stewards Prior to Blue Diamond Stakes

February 16th, 2016

Samara Dancer produced a commendable effort to beat a talented field of fillies to the line in Saturday’s Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at Caulfield, but will be required to gallop before stewards before taking her place in the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes after being found to have bled in one nostril.

Samara Dancer is required to gallop for stewards before running in the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Samara Dancer is required to gallop for stewards before running in the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jumping from the gates well in the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies, Samara Dancer was allowed to stride forward by jockey Dom Tourneur; taking an ideal position in running on heels of the race’s early leaders.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, the Hinchinbrook filly mustered a strong turn of foot to pull clear and hit the line a comfortable length in the clear of closest rival Concealer.

Trainer Phillip Stokes was pleased with the filly’s performance for success and confirmed she will be able to take her position in the field of the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes if she gallops in front of stewards prior to the event.

“You can see the run in her and she will have a very quiet week just off the pony with a bit of swimming,” Stokes said.

“She will do just one bit of fast work now going into the Blue Diamond.

“She has to work over 1000 metres in front of the stewards.

“We scope all our horses before they travel and she scoped beautiful and clean on the Tuesday before.

“I had her scoped after the race and there was no blood in her lungs.

“It was more like a nose bleed, she probably just had to exert herself really hard for the first time in her life and it was like a little blood vessel or something like that.”

Stokes concedes the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes is set to feature a number of standout two-year-olds, but is confident Samara Dancer is up to the mark.

“They are very nice horses, but I don’t think there is much between the boys and the girls to be honest,” Stokes said.

“I thought Tony McEvoy’s horse was very good and definitely has to be a big show too.

“When you buy these two-year-olds just to get them there is a big thrill and we will do our best.”

Samara Dancer is yet to taste anything but success through her short racing career so far; taking out the Dalziel Racing Plate (1050m) at Morphettville in her only start prior to the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies.

Ladbrokes.com.au currently rate Samara Dancer an $8.50 chance of success in early 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.