Thirteen fillies have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several leading contenders for the Group 1 feature race in a fortnight.
Godolphin are spoiled for choice with their plethora of talented two-year-olds currently in work, and are offered a good chance of success in the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude F via the resuming Calliope.
Calliope has only appeared on course once competitively but has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow leading into the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Taking out a strong Randwick barrier trial prior to her competitive debut, the daughter of Exceed And Excel produced an impressive all-round effort to take out the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on October 3rd.
Sword Of Light is yet to taste anything but success through two career starts so far but will need luck in running in the Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies after drawing the outside barrier 13.
Posting a near-six length win in an Echuca minor over 1000m on debut in December, the New Approach filly delivered a handy field a commanding defeat in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview F (1000m) on January 26th.
Tony McEvoy is another trainer offered plenty of opportunity for success in the two-year-old ranks this season, and will saddle leading contender Concealer in the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude F first-up on Saturday.
Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Concealer immediately stamped herself as a leading Blue Diamond Stakes contender when taking out the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Peter and Paul Snowden have a big rap on Quick Feet, who could very well receive the run of the race in the Blue Diamond Prelude F from barrier 2, with Blake Shinn aboard.
While appearing on course competitively only once so far, the Northern Meteor filly overcame an early check to win the Gsssa Winners Maiden Plate (1000m) at Wyong on November 25th in impressive fashion.
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2016 Blue Diamond Prelude F Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11||SWORD OF LIGHT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||13||55.5kg||74|
|2||1x||CONCEALER||Tony McEvoy||Mark Zahra||8||55.5kg||72|
|3||1x||CALLIOPE||John O’Shea||Steven Arnold||5||55.5kg||71|
|4||10x||SWEET SHERRY||Brent Stanley||James Winks||10||55.5kg||72|
|5||03×2||EMPHATICALLY e||Ciaron Maher||Nicholas Hall||4||55.5kg||69|
|6||26x||KINETIC DESIGN||Stuart Webb||Damien Oliver||3||55.5kg||68|
|7||1x||SAMARA DANCER (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||9||55.5kg||65|
|8||1x||QUICK FEET||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||2||55.5kg||64|
|9||1x||THYME FOR ROSES||Gai Waterhouse||Ben Melham||11||55.5kg||64|
|10||1||ZAMZAM||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||6||55.5kg||67|
|11||3||DREAM FIRST||Leon & Troy Corstens||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||1||55.5kg||65|
|12||4||SELENIA||Robbie Griffiths||Jye McNeil (a)||7||55.5kg||64|
|13||6||MISS NYMERIA||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||12||55.5kg||64|