Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day is here, and we are ready for an enormous day of racing at Caulfield!
We’ve already been treated to some high-quality racing during the Neds Blue Diamond Series and it all culminates in Saturday’s Group 1 feature, as the likes of Enthaar, General Beau and Anamoe seek their share in $1.5 million.
If that wasn’t enough, both the Neds Oakleigh Plate and the Futurity Stakes will also be contested on a program for which all nine races boast black type status.
Blenheim Palace will take good improvement into his second campaign start and the Neds Mornington Cup Prelude shapes as a very winnable race for him.
The Galileo gelding returned plenty of quality performances in the UK and Ireland prior to transferring to Australia, and he found form around some above average gallopers.
There was a lot to like about his first-up run off a long spell when fifth, beaten just over a length and a half here three weeks ago and I am expecting him to relish the conditions of this race.
It’sourtime filled the minors behind Poland and Amish Boy in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes a fortnight ago and looks up to winning the Neds Zeditave Stakes.
It’sourtime won each of his first two career starts in impressive fashion, and his first crack in black type company a fortnight ago suggested that he has a very bright future.
I’m not expecting the small drop in trip to be an issue, particularly under Jamie Kah.
She hasn’t shown her first form in two starts back from a spell, but I’m confident that third-up and back to the Victorian way of going, Yes Baby Yes can make her presence felt in the Neds Angus Armanasco Stakes.
The Dissident filly has returned the Leon & Troy Corstens stable some quality performances and results since making her debut, and was rewarded for her ability with a lovely win in the Group 2 Fillies Classic at The Valley at the conclusion of her spring campaign.
This is a drop in class from her most-recent appearance in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and she’ll be further boosted by the booking of Jamie Kah to ride.
Perfect Jewel hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but she absolutely flies fresh and I’m happy to back her in the Mannerism Stakes.
The Redoute’s Choice mare has won three times at this point of her preparation previously, and she resumed in the spring for a comfortable win in the Group 3 Cockram over 1200m here at Caulfield.
She continued to produce competitive runs in the wake, including a close second behind Mystic Journey in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes, and she has trialled well in the lead-up to her return.
Young Werther was a bit luckless, but he also clearly needed the run when resuming in the Autumn Stakes two weeks ago, and I think he’ll take plenty of beating in the Autumn Classic.
The Tavistock gelding enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in the spring, winning in dominant fashion on debut at Geelong before finishing a luckless second in the Listed Super Impose Stakes and ending his prep third in the Derby.
The rise in trip is obviously ideal, he strips fitter and I simply cannot wait to see him in action.
The first of three Group 1 feature races boasts some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
I’ve put Behemoth on top, but you can find a full race preview and my complete 2021 Futurity Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.
This is an outstanding edition of the Neds Blue Diamond Stakes, and a high quality series will culminate in this $1.5 million feature.
Even in drawing awkwardly I cannot look past Enthaar, but be sure to check out our full race preview and 2021 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.
The third and final Group 1 race of the day and probably my favourite, the Neds Oakleigh Plate has drawn a typically talented and open field of sprinters.
I’m going to have something on the classy Garner at a nice price, but check out our full race preview and complete 2021 Neds Oakleigh Plate Tips RIGHT HERE.
The final point of call on the traditional path towards the Australian Cup, all your usual suspects will step out in the Peter Young Stakes on Saturday and it shapes as a tough race to end the day on from a betting perspective.
In saying that, I’m happy to have something on the resuming Homesman.
Homesman won the Group 2 Crystal Mile when first-up in spring and while he was flat second-up, he ended his prep third in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes.
His fresh record is terrific and I like that Anthony & Sam Freedman are electing to kick him off over the 1800m.