The final field of nine promising two-year-olds has been decided for this Saturday’s $126 500 Group 3 Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings (1100m) at Caulfield.
The Paul Messara-trained Beneteau has drawn the favourable inside barrier one increasing his stocks with the bookies. The debut winner on Australia Day is having just his second start of his career on Saturday but has gained a lot of support since the draw.
Gigstar, trained by David Hayes, took a blow for their debut race when drawing wide with barrier nine.
Meanwhile Peter Snowden’s highly fancied Secession drew mid-field and will start from gate five. The son of Lonhro is sure to start as one of the pre-race favourites following his fantastic win in the Merson Cooper Stakes, with the average barrier draw doing little to deter the punters.
Other strong contenders accepted into the field for the Prelude include the unbeaten Brief Truce gelding General Truce (br.6), and the winner of the Blue Diamond (C&G) Preview, Mark Riley’s Innocent Gamble (br.4).
General Truce is one of the more experienced youngsters in the race with two career starts for two wins behind him, and a winning trial at Cranbourne where he defeated Prelude rival Secession.
The Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) is scheduled as race five on the day’s bumper nine-race programme that also includes the Fillies equivalent of the Prelude and the coveted Group 1 Sportingbet Orr Stakes (1400m).
As the 2010 Blue Diamond Prelude is run under set weights, all contenders will carry 55.5kg.
2010 Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings Final Field & Barrier Draw:
|Ricky Maund||Andrew Mallyon||6|
|Mark Riley||Nash Rawiller||4|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5|
|John McArdle||Danny Nikolic||8|
|Paul Messara||Daniel Ganderton||1|
|Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||2|
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt||7|
|David Hayes||Brad Rawiller||9|
|John P Thompson||Craig Williams||3|