On Saturday Caulfield Racecourse held their action-packed CF Orr Stakes Day where promising two-year-old Beneteau claimed victory in the $125 000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude for Colts & Geldings (1100m).
Trained by Paul Messara, Beneteau ($4.60) made the most of his inside run from barrier one coming from sixth to first, defeating General Truce ($6) by 2 ½ lengths with roughie Thegreatandthegood ($31) in third.
Beneteau ran a sharp 1:2.45 over the 1100m sprint and has now been installed at the early favourite for the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes.
The winning Redoute’s Choice colt is unbeaten in two starts, having been ridden by thriving apprentice jockey Daniel Ganderton for both victories. Yesterday’s victory was Ganderton’s first win in Melbourne.
Ganderton has also been confirmed as Beneteau’s jockey for the Blue Diamond Stakes as the 21-year-old aims for his first Group 1 success.
It was a disappointing finish for the odds-on favourite, Peter Snowden’s Secession ($3.50) who could only manage fourth on Saturday.
Also held at the meeting was the Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies, won by the Tony Vasil-trained Psychologist who was making her career race debut.
Both Prelude winners have greatly improved their stocks for the $1million Group 1 Arrowfield Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) to be held at Caulfield on 20 February.
Australia’s leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au have futures betting already open on the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes, so make sure you jump in early to secure the best odds.
2010 Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings Results:
|Paul Messara||Daniel Ganderton|
|Ricky Maund||Andrew Mallyon|
|John P Tompson||Craig Williams|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
|Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn|
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt|
|John McArdle||Danny Nikolic|
|Mark Riley||Nash Rawiller|