Breaking through for a maiden victory in his competitive debut last week, trainer Robbie Griffiths has confirmed classy colt Burnstone will line up for the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on February 14th.
Choosing to bypass events over the late stages of the Spring Carnival, Griffiths was understandably thrilled with Burnstone’s first-up victory at black type level; a stunning four length victory in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Sandown on January 26th.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damian Lane settled the son of Redoute’s Choice off the pace of the race’s early leaders; who set a noticeably quick tempo away from the barriers and approaching the bend.
Finding the final straight with a clear racing line, Burnstone quickly spooled up and charged forward; pulling clear of his rivals with 200m to run and stamping his claims as a serious Blue Diamond Stakes prospect.
Thrilled with the form and condition displayed by the two-year-old over the last week, Griffiths told AAP Burnstone does not need another run to freshen-up, but is more so using the event to keep his runner ticking over.
“He’s come through the run so well,” Griffiths said.
“He was very fresh on Saturday and he’ll need another run before the Diamond.
“I think he will get too above himself being a colt with almost five weeks between races and I don’t think it will hurt him going to the Prelude, otherwise I’d just be trialling him at home anyway.
“His signs are really encouraging.”
A final field and barrier draw for both the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) and Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at due to be completed and released by midday, February 11th.
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