Extreme Choice wins 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

February 27th, 2016

Race favourite Extreme Choice has won the 2016 Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield today from a strong finishing Flying Artie.

Extreme Choice wins the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2016

Extreme Choice wins the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2016. Picture: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jockey Craig Newitt, who picked up the ride on Extreme Choice after Damien Oliver chose to ride Flying Artie instead, was able to settle Extreme Choice in a prime position behind the leaders after a good jump from barrier 11. After getting a good run in transit Extreme Choice found the lead with 300m to go and hit the line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of an unlucky Flying Artie. Zamzam finished third.

“He’s just a jet, you can do anything with him,” jockey Craig Newitt said.

“All he wants to do is please you and he’s got a motor and a half.

“You can ride him for speed or take a sit off him. I was caught four and five wide then but I knew I only had one corner to go around so just had keep him balanced.

Mick Price, who trains both Extreme Choice and Flying Artie, will take both colts to Sydney for the 2016 Golden Slipper.

“They’re two good colts,” Price said.

“I saw the second horse get speared off at the top of the straight and thought poor bugger, he just had no luck but all credit to Extreme Choice.

“Today was a day where he had an opportunity to really stand up. I think today we got a lot of information about the horse, and off to the Slipper.

“I’ve got plenty of horse left in both of them, they haven’t been bottomed out from today I wouldn’t think and they’ve got three weeks.

“I’ve probably got to pay a late entry for Flying Artie to get into the Slipper but I suppose apart from Capitalist, it’s a very, very even year this year.

2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Full Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Craig Newitt 11 56.5kg $2.70F
2 3 FLYING ARTIE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price Damien Oliver 1.75L 15 56.5kg $5
3 14 ZAMZAM David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 6L 6 54.5kg $26
4 5 POWER TRIP Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John McArdle Jamie Mott 6.75L 8 56.5kg $101
5 4 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7.05L 9 56.5kg $11
6 12 SWEET SHERRY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Brent Stanley James Winks 7.45L 14 54.5kg $91
7 13 KINETIC DESIGN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 9.45L 16 54.5kg $151
8 15 MISS NYMERIA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 10.2L 2 54.5kg $26
9 11 CONCEALER Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 10.3L 5 54.5kg $7.50
10 6 HIGHLAND BEAT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Luke Currie 11.55L 10 56.5kg $101
11 2 VALLIANO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 11.95L 7 56.5kg $19
12 9 CHINA DREAM Mick Price Glen Boss 12.7L 12 56.5kg $81
13 16 ARETI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths Craig Williams 13.45L 13 54.5kg $51
14 10 SAMARA DANCER (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 14.95L 4 54.5kg $7
15 8 HEY DOC Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Tony McEvoy Opie Bosson 15.45L 3 56.5kg $81
16 7 HELL OF AN EFFORT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 19.7L 1 56.5kg $71
19e REVOLVING DOOR Clinton McDonald 0
18e SEABURGE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 0
17e SELENIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil (a) 0