Looking for early info on this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before the race.
Run over 1,200 metres in late February, the Blue Diamond Stakes is one of the big races in the Autumn Racing Carnival. This race has always has a massive prize purse, with its current payout of $1.5 million having stood for over 3 years at this point.
Without a doubt, the essential lead up races for this one are the Blue Diamond Previews. There’s one for fillies, as well as for colt and geldings.
The race is the richest of its kind in the state of Victoria, no other race for two-year olds pays out as much.
Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
- Track Location: Caulfield Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Left-handed
- Race Distance: 1,200 metres
- Weight Conditions: Set weights
- Qualification: Two year olds
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 1
- Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $1,500,000
- Inaugural Race: 1971
Blue Diamond Stakes Betting
There are many different ways to bet on the Blue Diamond Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Blue Diamond Stakes|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Blue Diamond Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Blue Diamond Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Blue Diamond Stakes to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Blue Diamond Stakes to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Blue Diamond Stakes to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Blue Diamond Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Blue Diamond Stakes
- Log in at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Blue Diamond Stakes Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Odds
Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes here.
(Please note that the odds below are from 06/12/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).
|All In||Win Odds||Place Odds|
|Blaze A Trail||26||7.3|
|See You Soon||26||7.3|
|Ticket To Ride||26||7.3|
|Who Runs The World||51||14|
|Fall On A Star||61||16|
|Pig In Mud||61||16|
|Queen Of Rocks||61||16|
|Married To The Mob||101||26|
Which Horse Will Win The Blue Diamond Stakes
The best way to pick who will win the Blue Diamond Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:
- Second declarations – The field really starts to take shape once acceptances have taken place in early January. If you like to be to make a conservative bet the early market, wait until then.
- Boys versus girls – Over the long-term, it’s roughly even in terms of which is the winning sex, though in the past two decades it has slightly slanted towards colts and geldings.
- The Prelude – With very few exceptions, most winners come from the Blue Diamond Prelude races, of which there is a separate race for females and males.
- Home turn – Horses which are wide at the final bend suffer from a disadvantage.
Blue Diamond Stakes Favourites
Early favourites include Aryaaf, Dame Giselle, Hanseatic and Tagaloa.
Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Field
The field limit is 16. We will display the most likely runners below.
- Dame Giselle
- Global Quest
- Hard Landing
- Ideas Man
- Blaze A Trail
- Dubai Star
- See You Soon
Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Tips
Best Bet: TBC.
Best Roughie: TBC.
Blue Diamond Stakes Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 22nd of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw
The 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.
Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations
Nominations close at 12:00 PM on Monday, the 17th of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Weights
Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings run at 56.5 kgs, while fillies run at 54.5 kg. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Monday, the 17th of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 19th of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, the 19th of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 22nd of February, 2020.
Blue Diamond Stakes Prize Money
The Blue Diamond Stakes prize purse is worth $1,500,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth. The race carries a $10,000 SUPER VOBIS bonus for qualified horses. First place also takes home a trophy worth $15,000.
Blue Diamond Stakes Race Number
The Blue Diamond Stakes is race number 1 on the 22nd of February, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Caulfield Racecourse.
Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Blue Diamond Stakes has been released.
Blue Diamond Stakes Live
You can watch or listen to the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Blue Diamond Stakes Winners
Winners of the Blue Diamond Stakes for the past nineteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1971, please check our winners page.
|2018||Lyre||Anthony Freedman||Luke Currie||54.5 kgs||1:09.39|
|2018||Written By||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||56.5 kgs||1:09.86|
|2017||Catchy||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||54.5 kgs||1:09.38|
|2016||Extreme Choice||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||56.5 kgs||1:08.95|
|2014||Pride Of Dubai||Paul Snowden||Damian Browne||56.5 kgs||1:10.53|
|2013||Earthquake||Peter Snowden||Damian Browne||54.5 kgs||1:09.87|
|2012||Miracles Of Life||Clarken||Lauren Stojakovic||54.5 kgs||1:09.76|
|2011||Samaready||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||54.5 kgs||1:10.47|
|2010||Sepoy||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||55.5 kgs||1:08.55|
|2009||Star Witness||Danny O’Brien||Nicholas Hall||55.5 kgs||1:10.42|
|2008||Reward For Effort||Peter Moody||Luke Nolen||55.5 kgs||1:09.81|
|2007||Reaan||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||55.5 kgs||1:11.44|
|2006||Sleek Chassis||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||53 kgs||1:09.83|
|2005||Nadeem||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||55.5 kgs||1:12.03|
|2004||Undoubtedly||Mark Kavanagh||Dwayne Dunn||55.5 kgs||1:08.95|
|2003||Alinghi||Lee Freedman||Damien Oliver||53 kgs||1:09.89|
|2002||Kusi||John Hawkes||Corey Brown||55.5 kgs||1:11.09|
|2001||Bel Esprit||John Symons||Wayne Treloar||55.5 kgs||1:09.23|
|2000||True Jewels||Michael Moroney||Kerrin McEvoy||53 kgs||1:09.06|
|1999||Road To Success||John Salanitri||Jim Cassidy||55.5 kgs||1:09.83|