Williams gets it right with 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy

February 25th, 2017

Jockey of the moment Craig Williams’ judgment proved to be spot on with Catchy storming home to win the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield today.

Williams had the choice of five runners to ride in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes and stuck with the Lindsay Park trained filly to make four wins from four starts together.

Today’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes win was Williams’ first in the $1.5m two year old feature but it was David Hayes’ sixth win but his first with his co-trainers son Ben Hayes and nephew Tom Dabernig.

A wide barrier saw Catchy’s price drift out to $4.80 while runner up Pariah’s price shortened to be the $3.90 favourite.

The Lindsay Park Trainers also saddle up the third and fourth placegetters with Formality ($9) and Tulip ($7).

Williams had to manoeuvre Catchy over from barrier eleven and settled the filly well back in the field with only three other runners behind him.

Williams then eased Catchy to the outside on the home turn and gave her a clear run to the line to record a half a length win over the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Pariah with another one and three quarter lengths to Formality.

“I have been lucky enough to win a lot of big races so to do it with a young team behind me, it is a team effort and it great to have it acknowledged,” David Hayes said.

Hayes had always though that the fillies had it over the colts and geldings and thinks his three fillies that raced so well today all have Group 1 potential.

“It was first, third and a close fourth. I think they are all Group 1 potential, and one of them is now,” Hayes said.

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 11 54.5kg $4.80
2 4 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 0.4L 9 56.5kg $4F
3 12 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ryan Moore 2.15L 10 54.5kg $9
4 13 TULIP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2.45L 6 54.5kg $7
5 1 PROPERTY Robert Smerdon Joao Moreira 2.85L 2 56.5kg $5
6 9 MURAAHIB Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Steven Arnold 3.6L 13 56.5kg $31
7 5 WAIT FOR NO ONE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3.9L 8 56.5kg $61
8 15 ROOMOOZ Tony McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 4.2L 3 54.5kg $17
9 6 ASPECT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 4.7L 12 56.5kg $101
10 7 CAO CAO Mick Price Mark Zahra 4.9L 1 56.5kg $71
11 8 TAKING AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Craig Newitt 5L 4 56.5kg $26
12 17e SHEER MADNESS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John Salanitri Stephen Baster 6.5L 5 56.5kg $201
13 10 WILL’S BID Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 7L 14 56.5kg $61
14 16 BLONDIE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Brendan McCarthy Chris Symons 22L 7 54.5kg $71