The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 race over 1200 metres for two-year-olds at Caulfield. Total prizemoney is $1.5 million, which makes the Blue Diamond Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.
Blue Diamond 2021: Trevor Lawson’s Preview
Speed: Dosh leads here, from Enthaar and Abseiler, General Beau sits handy with Jigsaw. Anamoes probably settles back and wide.
Looking at recent Blue Diamond winners, the majority of winners have come out of solidly-run races where they’ve run quicker than benchmark time for the class – both overall, and for the last 200 metres.
GENERAL BEAU had every possible chance last start, but ran slow a last 200m and looks a query at 1200m.
INGRATIATING is on the quick back-up after winning last week, but would need to improve his rating to be competitive in this..
FINANCE TYCOON won well down the straight in the spring then won first-up at the Gold Coast, but would need to improve signifcantly to feature among this opposition.
ANAMOE fits the profile of recent Blue Diamond winners. He’s second-up from an 1100m race that was quickly run, and broke the benchmark for the last 200m. They’re all positives, but the wide draw is a concern.
I don’t think ABSEILER will run 1200 metres.
ARTORIUS looked impressive to the eye last time at Sandown, but that wasn’t backed up by the clock. He looked to have more to give but will have to improve a lot to figure here..
JIGSAW was good at Geelong on debut. He rated slightly down last time when caught wide off a 30-day break. He gets a good run here on the map however, and could bounce back
ENTHAAR is hot favourite and very interesting. No horse in the last eight years has had the same set-up as this – second-up coming of a first-up 1000 metre run. But she did run exceptional sectionals over the 1000 metres, and easily accounted for Ingratiating which won last week. It’s hard to know until they’ve done it, but there’s nothing to say she won’t run 1200 metres.
ARCADED is an undefeated filly but the races haven’t haven’t rated that well, and she would need to improve a fair bit.
Verdict: I’ve done my ratings and have Enthaar well and truly ahead of the rest. I’d like to see her get out closer to $3 before I considered backing her but she’s on top by a long way.
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As well as a full set of rated prices, speed maps and suggested bets, you can spend each and every raceday with a pro punter: the Melbourne Ratings Live Page gives you direct access to Trev himself to ask whatever you like.
If you're keen to win, it’s the only way to punt.