A capacity field of 16 plus one emergency has been confirmed in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) final field, highlighted by the inclusion of several leading chances of success in the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Stamping his claims as a serious racing prospect on debut, trainer Mark Riley has confirmed Of The Brave in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G final field.
Jumping from the gates well in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) on October 11th, Of The Brave settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving a good run in transit before exploding from the pack late to hit the line two lengths in the clear of closest rival Miss Idyllic.
Allocated the somewhat wide barrier 10, jockey Stephen Baster has been confirmed to retain to ride on the exciting son of Starspangledbanner this weekend.
Godolphin is spoiled for choice with classy two-year-olds this year, and are set to be offered several further chances of success this weekend after trainer John O’Shea confirmed all of Bantam, Sampeah and Demonstrate in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G final field.
Running fifth in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on debut on November 8th, Bantam has received an ideal lead-in to the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude after breaking through for a maiden racing win in the Adapt Australia Handicap (1000m) last time out.
Yet to taste anything but success over his short career, Sampeah stamped his claims as one to watch when hitting the line a comfortable length in the clear of his closest rival in a Rosehill Gardens minor over 1100m on November 29th.
Unlucky to be checked early in his racing debut on January 26th, Demonstrate displayed a keen turn of foot in the final straight to finish a credible fourth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview (1000m).
Trainer Danny O’Brien has saddled several youngsters to success over recent years, and is excited by the prospects of two-year-old Ragazzo Del Corsa, who has also been included in 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude nominations.
Unlucky to be scratched prior to his racing debut, Ragazzo Del Corsa placed third amongst classy competition in the CRT Whites Wires Stockpost Plate (1000m) on December 12th before taking out the Better Beyond Plate (1000m) last time out on January 10th.
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2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x||OF THE BRAVE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mark Riley||Stephen Baster||10||55.5kg||72|
|2||51x||BANTAM Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||15||55.5kg||68|
|3||31||RAGAZZO DEL CORSA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||14||55.5kg||68|
|4||1x||SAMPEAH||John O’Shea||Chad Schofield||4||55.5kg||68|
|5||28x||ICEFLOW Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||3||55.5kg||66|
|6||3x||BRACCENBY||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||55.5kg||64|
|7||2||TOP ME UP||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||11||55.5kg||65|
|8||1||GREDINGTON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Pat Hyland||Ryan Maloney||16||55.5kg||63|
|9||3||KIRABO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mick Price||Daniel Moor||6||55.5kg||64|
|10||3||PRIDE OF DUBAI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Damian Browne||7||55.5kg||63|
|11||3||CALL ME ANYTHING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Mark Zahra||17||55.5kg||62|
|12||4||DEMONSTRATE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea||Nicholas Hall||1||55.5kg||62|
|13||6×7||TRENCH FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||Brad Rawiller||13||55.5kg||60|
|14||–||CHASE THE HORIZON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||12||55.5kg||–|
|15||–||EXTRA CHOICE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||8||55.5kg||–|
|16||0x||STYLISH ASSASSIN||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||9||55.5kg||60|
|17e||–||BLACK VANQUISH Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Tom Hughes||Steven Arnold||5||55.5kg||–|