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Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 21 Feb 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 21 Feb 2023
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  • The barrier draw has been conducted for the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes
  • 16 runners (and two emergencies) make up the final field
  • The Blue Diamond Stakes headlines a bumper Saturday card from Sandown
Blue Diamond Barrier Draw
Barber has drawn barrier nine in the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes. (Getty)

Eight colts and eight fillies make up the final field of 16 for the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes, with two emergencies included for the $2 million dollar juvenile feature.

Godolphin have won two of the last four editions of the Blue Diamond Stakes and they have a leading contender in 2023 with Barber (barrier 9), an unbeaten colt that took out the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G).

Arriving off a winning hat-trick and with tactical versatility, the son of Exceed And Excel should have his fair share of admirers.

James Cummings also prepares Chairman's Stakes winner Zulfiqar (barrier 15) and Exploring (barrier 13), with the latter having won the fillies edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude on February 11.

While she's still a maiden runner, Steel City (barrier 5) is a leading contender given her strong two-year-old form from Sydney, with the daughter of Merchant Navy recording runner-up finishes behind Golden Slipper fancies Learning To Fly and Red Resistance, who both won their next starts.

Veecee (barrier 14) is another acceptor trained by the powerful Ciaron Maher & David Eustace partnership, with this colt expected to relish the six furlongs after coming back to 1000m at start two following a brilliant debut victory.

Western Australian colt Brave Halo (barrier 16) warrants respect, with the son of Brave Smash unlucky in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) where he was a well backed favourite.

Impressive first-up winner Dubenenko (barrier 11) is the sole South Australian in the final field, while Queensland have representation via Party For Two (barrier 1), who was runner-up the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) in her Melbourne debut.

Ben & JD Hayes have multiple runners, with Arkansaw Kid (barrier 4) and Little Brose (barrier 7) accepting and the latter made good ground for second in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G).

Gai Waterhouse is looking to land her first Blue Diamond winner with The Instructor (barrier 6), who remained unbeaten when taking out the Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) on January 26. 

Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Barriers & Final Field

1BarberJames Cummings Jamie Kah 957kg$6.50
2Arkansaw KidBen & JD HayesJye McNeil457kg $31
3ZulfiqarJames Cummings Ben Melham1557kg $21
4Little BroseBen & JD Hayes Michael Dee757kg $12
5Brave HaloSean & Jake CaseyDamien Oliver1657kg $7.50
6The InstructorGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottJordan Childs657kg $9
7VeeceeCiaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown1457kg $15
8Don CorleonePeter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra357kg $7.50
9ExploringJames Cummings Craig Williams 1355kg$21
10De Sonic BoomAnthony & Sam FreedmanDaniel Moor855kg $51
11Party For TwoDamien BattersNikita Beriman155kg $17
12Steel CityCiaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn555kg $6
13DubenenkoChris BiegDean Yendall1155kg $31
14Cigar FlickChris WallerCraig Newitt1855kg $26
15PickyLeon & Troy CorstensDamien Thornton1755kg $81
16Extreme ThreatMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Blaike McDougall255kg $31
17eSensicalPeter G MoodyDaniel Stackhouse1255kg $31
18eBeauty RisingPhillip StokesTBA1055kg $81
Odds courtesy of Unibet Australia & correct at 3.30pm on 21/02/2023.

Blue Diamond Stakes Winners

The Blue Diamond Stakes is Melbourne's main two-year-old race, with the 2023 edition being run at Sandown due to renovations at Caulfield.

First run and won in 1971 when Tolerance took out the race, this juvenile feature has unearthed a number of top-line horses including Manikato, Redoute's Choice, Alinghi and Extreme Choice.

Tagaloa (2020), Artorius (2021) and Daumier (2022) have won the last three editions of the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Blue Diamond Stakes FAQs

When is the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes?

The 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, February 25.

What distance is the Blue Diamond Stakes?

The Blue Diamond Stakes is run over a distance of 1200 metres.

Who won the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes?

Daumier won the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes.

How can I live stream the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Blue Diamond Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

What is the Blue Diamond Stakes worth?

The Blue Diamond Stakes is worth a total of $2 million.

$1.2 million goes to the winner.


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