The $1,500,000 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25th is the biggest race for two-year-olds in Victoria. First run in 1971, it has become the championship race for juvenile horses in our state. Past winners include greats such as Manikato, Bounding Away, Redoute’s Choice and, more recently, Star Witness and Sepoy.
From the first two-year-old race of the season in early October through to the Blue Diamond Preludes on February 11th, we get a look at all the new season talent that the 2yo’s have to offer. The best of them earn the right to compete in the Blue Diamond Stakes. It often sets up as a fascinating battle of the sexes as the preludes are run with a Colts and a Fillies division before meeting each other in the championship.
The Blue Diamond Stakes holds a special place in our hearts as we won the race in 2010 with our crack colt Star Witness. He went into the race having won both of his first two career starts, but looked to have blown his chance when he wobbled around the home corner at the back of the field. Fortunately, he balanced up at the last minute and ran past every horse on the field for one of the most spectacular wins in the race’s history! Check out his outstanding effort here.
Star Witness went on to win the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day later that year, and the following year went to England and ran 2nd in the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. That is the beauty of the Blue Diamond. We are offered a peek at the future stars of the turf facing their first big Group 1 test. The winner will take his place on a prestigious list and often go on to be a household name.
Check out some of my favourite outfit inspirations for this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
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