2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

February 23rd, 2016

A talented and capacity group of sixteen two-year-olds and three emergencies have this morning been confirmed in the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes field, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.

Extreme Choice has been allocated barrier 13 for the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Extreme Choice has been allocated barrier 13 for the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Extreme Choice has remained towards the top of betting for the two-year-old feature race for months, but the colt’s claims on a maiden Group 1 have taken at a hit after his allocation of the awkward barrier 13.

Winning a talent rich Rosehill trial prior to his competitive debut, Extreme Choice immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when savaging the line for success in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) on December 12th.

Resuming this time for a near five-length victory in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) on February 6th, Extreme Choice will be partnered by Craig Newitt on Saturday.

Flying Artie has been another standout for Mick Price since his debut but the colt has also been charged with overcoming an awkward start following his allocation of barrier 17.

Running second in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on debut in November, the Artie Schiller colt beat a number of notable runners home in a Geelong trial on February 1st before winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) on February 13th.

The Tony McEvoy-trained filly Concealer’s chances of success in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes have taken a huge boost after the allocation of an ideal barrier 6.

Concealer has appeared at the races only twice competitively but has more than stamped herself as a potential star at black type level.

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, the daughter of Nicconi charged home to take out the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and returned this time for a close second in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) a fortnight ago.

Mark Zahra will take the ride on the leading filly who will have no issue carrying only 54.5kgs on Saturday.

Leading South Australian trainer Phillip Stokes has a huge opinion of classy filly Samara Dancer, who could very well receive the run of the race in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes from barrier 5.

Taking out the Dalziel Racing Plate (1050m) by three lengths on debut in November, the Hinchinbrook filly resumed this time for success in the Blue Diamond Prelude F and appears as though she will be peaking in condition for Saturday’s feature race.

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have been confirmed to launch a three-pronged attack in the race after including all of Valliano (barrier 8), Highland Beat (barrier 12) and Zamzam (barrier 7) in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes field, while emergency runner Seaburge will leave from barrier 2, should he gain a start.

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2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Craig Newitt 13 56.5kg 77
2 325×1 VALLIANO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 8 56.5kg 73
3 2×1 FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 78
4 31×2 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg 73
5 1×46 POWER TRIP John McArdle Jamie Mott 9 56.5kg 72
6 9×1202 HIGHLAND BEAT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Luke Currie 12 56.5kg 66
7 110 HELL OF AN EFFORT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 56.5kg 68
8 124 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Opie Bosson 4 56.5kg 67
9 33 CHINA DREAM Mick Price Glen Boss 14 56.5kg 70
10 1×1 SAMARA DANCER (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 5 54.5kg 78
11 1×2 CONCEALER Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 6 54.5kg 73
12 10×6 SWEET SHERRY Brent Stanley James Winks 16 54.5kg 72
13 26×0 KINETIC DESIGN Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 19 54.5kg 66
14 19 ZAMZAM David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 7 54.5kg 67
15 63 MISS NYMERIA Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 3 54.5kg 70
16 1 ARETI Robbie Griffiths Craig Williams 15 54.5kg 65
17e 44 SELENIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil (a) 18 54.5kg 65
18e 1 SEABURGE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2 56.5kg 63
19e 4 REVOLVING DOOR Clinton McDonald 11 56.5kg 63