A talented and capacity field of sixteen three-year-old colts and geldings have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Power Trip has more than stamped himself as one to follow through a short but impressive racing career so far and will leave from the ideal barrier 4 in the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G.
Beating a talented field to the line to win the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on debut in November, the son of Hard Spun returned this time for a credible fourth in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview C&G (1000m) on January 26th.
Jamie Mott as retained the ride on the two-year-old who should prove tough to beat at the conditions on Saturday.
Godolphin Australia is set to be offered a great chance of success in the race for colts on geldings on Saturday after trainer John O’Shea confirmed Cohesion in the Blue Diamond Prelude C&G field.
Cohesion trilled well in the lead-up to his competitive debut in spring and immediately stamped himself as one to watch when running on for a credible fourth in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick on October 3rd.
Resuming this time in the Blue Diamond Prelude, the Lonhro colt produced a particularly smart effort to beat the talented field to the line by close to two lengths.
Mick Price has a big opinion of Flying Artie but the colt is going to need plenty of luck in the Blue Diamond Prelude C&G after drawing the outside barrier 16.
Flying Artie flew home from the rear of the field to finish a close second to Power Trip in the Maribyrnong Plate on debut and has trialled particularly well in the lead-up to his competitive return on Saturday.
A total of five runners will make their competitive debuts in the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G, including David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained stable mates Lionhearted and Ocean Grove.
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2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1×4||POWER TRIP||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||4||55.5kg||73|
|2||4×1||COHESION||John O’Shea||Ben Melham||12||55.5kg||76|
|3||31x||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||8||55.5kg||68|
|4||11×5||BULLION WOLF||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||3||55.5kg||68|
|5||2||DEFCON||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||13||55.5kg||66|
|6||2||CAPANNELLO||Robbie Griffiths||Jye McNeil (a)||5||55.5kg||70|
|7||2x||FLYING ARTIE||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||16||55.5kg||68|
|8||3||EL VENETIAN||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||15||55.5kg||66|
|9||3||CHINA DREAM||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||14||55.5kg||63|
|10||6||WEATHERLY||Paul Messara||Douglas Whyte||9||55.5kg||61|
|11||6x||LOS CABOS||Mick Price||Michael Dee (a)||1||55.5kg||62|
|12||–||AMBITIOUS EX||Wez Hunter||Glen Boss||6||55.5kg||61|
|13||–||BLACK ENERGY||Peter J Clarke||Darren Gauci||11||55.5kg||61|
|14||–||LIONHEARTED||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||2||55.5kg||61|
|15||–||OCEAN GROVE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||7||55.5kg||61|
|16||–||REVOLVING DOOR||Clinton McDonald||Mark Zahra||10||55.5kg||61|