Talented young filly One Last Dance has kept the $1 million Blue Diamond dream alive for Caulfield trainer Peter Moody with a win in the $125,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies (1100m) on Saturday, February 12.
After hot Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Sepoy won the colts and geldings Prelude earlier in the day, Encosta De Lago two-year-old One Last Dance matched him in the fillies edition scoring a tidy victory as the $3.30 favourite.
The scene is now set for the two unbeaten juveniles to face off in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes on January 26, Sepoy the $2 favourite to win followed by One Last Dance at a longer quote of $6.50 through leading online bookmaker Luxbet.
After having previously won the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview, One Last Dance staked her claims for a Blue Diamond Triple on Saturday.
Ridden beautifully by jockey Luke Nolen, One Last Dance overcame her wide barrier 11 draw in the Prelude and displayed an explosive turn of foot to move into the lead with 300m left to run.
Despite a fast finishing effort by runner-up Peter Snowden’s Glissade ($6), One Last Dance finished nearly a length in front while stablemate Hallowell Belle ($5) also from Moody’s stables finished off the Trifecta in third.
Mick Price’s sole Blue Diamond Stakes hopeful Holdontoyahorses ($6.50) was an eye-catching fourth in the Prelude less than two lengths away from the winner.
One Last Dance has now won all three of her race starts to date earning $170,863 in prize money for her connections.
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2011 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies Results & Finishing Order
|1st||1||ONE LAST DANCE(11)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||55.5||1-3.66|
|2nd||4||GLISSADE(1)||Mark Zahra||Peter Snowden||55.5||0.8L|
|3rd||9||HALLOWELL BELLE(3)||Craig Williams||Peter G Moody||55.5||1.5L|
|4th||5||HOLDONTOYAHORSES(5)||Damien Oliver||Mick Price||55.5||1.7L|
|5th||6||JESSICA ROSE(7)||James Winks||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||55.5||3.0L|
|6th||12||MISTAKENLY(8)||Michael Walker||Anthony Cummings||55.5||4.2L|
|7th||3||ERAMOR(10)||Glen Boss||David Hayes||55.5||5.2L|
|8th||15||QUENCH THE THIRST(9)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||55.5||8.7L|
|9th||11||TUMBLE TURN(12)||Corey Brown||Paul Messara||55.5||10.0L|
|10th||13||OAMARU ROSE(4)||Craig Robertson||Wayne Nichols||55.5||10.1L|
|11th||16||RANSOM MOMENT(2)||Steven Arnold||David Hayes||55.5||12.6L|
|12th||7||HELPING HAND(13)||Craig Newitt||John P Thompson||55.5||12.8L|
|LR||14||SUITE SUCCESS(6)||Michelle Payne||Leigh Childs||55.5|
|Src||2||SPECTROLITE||Danny Nikolic||Robbie Laing|
|Src||8||ANEVAY||Nicholas Hall||Tim Martin|