2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G Final Field Confirmed

February 12th, 2015

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.

Ragazzo Del Corsa has been confirmed in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G final field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Ragazzo Del Corsa has been confirmed in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G final field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

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