Looking for early info on this year’s Neds 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 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes is one of the big races of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Open to two-year-old horses, the event takes place at Caulfield Racecourse in late February and offers $1.5 million in prize money.
The richest race for two-year-olds in Victoria, the Blue Diamond Stakes first took place in 1971 and serves as a nice lead-up into Sydney’s Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill later in the autumn.
Plenty of star horses have won the Blue Diamond Stakes over the years including Manikato (1978), Alinghi (2004) and Sepoy (2011).
Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, February 20th, 2021
- 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
- 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Winner: Artorius
neds blue diamond Stakes 2021 RESULTS
The official 2021 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday February 20, 2021.
- #7 Artorius
- #2 Ingratiating
The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Artorius scored an upset in the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes results at Caulfield, jockey Luke Currie posting his second win for the stable in the event following the 2019 victory on Lyre, with a barnstorming late run to defeat the Godolphin-raced duo of Ingratiating (2nd) and Anamoe (3rd).
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Betting 2021
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 neds 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 2021 ODDS
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.
Which Horse Will Win The Blue Diamond Stakes in 2021?
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:
- The Prelude – With very few exceptions, most winners come from the Blue Diamond Prelude races;
- Last Start Winners – Two-year-olds coming off a lead-up win have dominated the Blue Diamond results;
- Filly Factor – In recent years the fillies have held their own against the colts & geldings with a number beating home the boys in the Group 1 feature. From 2012-20 five fillies have won the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Favourites 2021
Early favourites in 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes betting include Gimcrack Stakes winning filly Enthaar and the Godolphin-raced Blue Diamond C&G Prelude runner-up Anamoe.
From 2011-2021 six Blue Diamond Stakes favourites have saluted, most recently Written By ($5.50 in 2018).
neds Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 Field
The official 2021 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes field of final acceptances is due for release at 9:00 am on Tuesday February 16, 2021 and will be published in full below once announced.
The Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 final field features 16 gun two-year-olds led in betting by undefeated Chairman’s Stakes winning filly Enthaar. The Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude winning fillies Dosh and Arcaded respectively are also taking on the boys and looking to remain unbeaten.
The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw took place later on Tuesday afternoon with Enthaar drawing out in gate 14, while Arcaded drew the inside alley and the Prelude winner for the boys’ General Beau also drew well with barrier three.
Blue Diamond Field Update: There are 15 remaining runners after the scratching of Preview winning filly #12 Dosh (8) who was found to be lame and failed to pass a vet check on the eve of the race.
Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 Tips
Favourite: #13 Enthaar ($2.20 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #1 General Beau ($10 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #14 Arcaded ($21 at time of publish)
Our insider Neds Blue Diamond Stakes 2021 tips will be published above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Race Day 2021
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Race Day takes place at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, February 20th, 2021. The meeting is packed full of Group status races including two other Group 1 events with the running of the:
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw 2021
The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Blue Diamond Stakes Field section.
Blue Diamond Stakes Nominations 2021
The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes nominations attracted 1614 yearlings.
Early nominations of yearlings close in July the previous and are followed by:
First Declaration: 12 NOON, Tuesday 17 November, 2020. Fee of $330.
First Late Entry: Any horse not previously nominated may be nominated in the Blue Diamond Stakes before 12 NOON on Tuesday, 17 November, 2020 accompanied by a fee of $5,500.
Second Declaration: 12 NOON, Tuesday, 5 January, 2021. Fee of $440.
Third Declaration: 12 NOON, Tuesday, 26 January, 2021. Fee of $660.
Second Late Entry or Re Entry: Any horse which was not a third acceptor may be nominated or re-nominated in the Blue Diamond Stakes before 12 NOON on Monday, 15 February, 2021 accompanied by a fee of $55,000. Any horse nominated under this condition will also be liable for the Final Acceptance Fee.
Final Declaration: 9am, Tuesday, 16 February, 2021. Fee of $8,250.
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Weights 2021
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 15th of February, 2021 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Blue Diamond Stakes Field section.
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Acceptances 2021
Final acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Tuesday, the 16th of February, 2021 and will be published in our above Blue Diamond Stakes Field section.
Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Jockeys 2021
The final riders announcement is at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, the 17th of February, 2021 and jockeys will be published in our above Blue Diamond Stakes Field section.
neds Blue Diamond Stakes Scratchings 2021
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 20th of February, 2021.
2021 Blue Diamond Stakes Scratchings:
- #12 Dosh (8)
Neds 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.
neds Blue Diamond Stakes Race Number
The 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes is set to run as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday February 20, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Caulfield Racecourse.
neds Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide 2021
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 the 2021 Blue Diamond Stakes has been released.
Blue Diamond Stakes Live
You can watch or listen to the 2021 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 going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1971, please check our winners page.
|2021||Artorius||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Luke Currie||57 kgs||1:09.57|
|2020||Tagaloa||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||56.5 kgs||1:08.56|
|2019||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|