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Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 22 Feb 2023
Alex Marsh 22 Feb 2023
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  • The Blue Diamond Stakes headlines Saturday's Sandown meeting
  • This feature is the first of three Group 1's on the February 25 card
  • A strong field has been assembled for the two-year-old major
  • Preview & selections are included below
Blue Diamond Tips
Steel City (red & yellow) brings strong form into the Blue Diamond Stakes. (Getty)

The Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria's premier two-year-old event and this major headlines one of the biggest days of the summer/autumn period in Melbourne, with three Group 1's contested on the meeting.
  • Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Field & Odds
  • Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Tips
  • Blue Diamond Stakes FAQs

A feature now worth $2 million, the Blue Diamond Stakes has attracted a large and competitive field for this year's edition, which will be run at Sandown.

At $4.60 via Colossalbet, Steel City is the early favourite for the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Field & Odds

1BarberJames Cummings Jamie Kah 957kg$5.50
2Arkansaw KidBen & JD HayesJye McNeil457kg $41
3ZulfiqarJames Cummings Ben Melham1557kg $17
4Little BroseBen & JD Hayes Michael Dee757kg $12
5Brave HaloSean & Jake CaseyDamien Oliver1657kg $9.50
6The InstructorGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottJordan Childs657kg $10
7VeeceeCiaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown1457kg $15
8Don CorleonePeter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra357kg $8
9ExploringJames Cummings Craig Williams 1355kg$12
10De Sonic BoomAnthony & Sam FreedmanDaniel Moor855kg $51
11Party For TwoDamien BattersNikita Beriman155kg $14
12Steel CityCiaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn555kg $4.60
13DubenenkoChris BiegDean Yendall1155kg $61
14Cigar FlickChris WallerCraig Newitt1855kg scr
15PickyLeon & Troy CorstensDamien Thornton1755kg $101
16Extreme ThreatMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Blaike McDougall255kg $23
17eSensicalPeter G MoodyDaniel Stackhouse1255kg $26
18eBeauty RisingPhillip StokesTBA1055kg $101
Odds courtesy of Colossalbet & correct at 6.45pm on 22/02/2023.

Blue Diamond Stakes 2023 Tips

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes Best Bet - Steel City

While her Sydney form arguably warrants favouritism by itself, changes were needed with Steel City, as she has been quite soft late in her races.

The Maher & Eustace team have now put the blinkers and tongue tie on this daughter of Merchant Navy, which gives us confidence for the Blue Diamond.

Barrier five is another positive and aboard a filly that has tactical speed, Blake Shinn can potentially settle just off Exploring and The Instructor early.

She has started fav twice against two genuine Golden Slipper chances in Red Resistance and Learning To Fly, who both won their next outings.

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes Next Best Bet - Brave Halo

While Godolphin colt Barber is the most professional two-year-old from the Blue Diamond Prelude, I do think Brave Halo is the most talented.

The son of Brave Smash was unbeaten from three WA outings before making the trek east for Sean & Jake Casey, who are no strangers to travelling.

This colt was a well backed fav in that key lead-up and there were excuses, as he was held-up from the 500m to the 200m, and again in the last 100m.

A middle draw would've ideal for this juvenile, although barrier 16 is preferable to an inside alley in a big two-year-old field, going off that last run.

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes Value Bet - Arkansaw Kid

This two-year-old was fancied ahead of his debut on Cox Plate Day and despite sitting wide, he proved a little too classy for his Inglis Banner rivals.

There wasn't much depth to that, hence the big odds here, although Mexico (second) was then competitive behind Barber and Learning To Fly.

Arkansaw Kid was one of the most affected gallopers by the fall in the Inglis Millenium, so I'm happy to put a line through that first-up performance.

He had trialled well in the lead-up to that return and from barrier four over a more suitable 1200m second-up, he should get a soft run in transit.

Blue Diamond Stakes FAQs

When is the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes?

The 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 4.20pm AEST.

It will run as Race 7 on Saturday's Sandown meeting.

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.



Steel City brings the best form and has the blinkers on for the Blue Diamond.

Brave Halo had excuses as fav a fornight ago and can also be backed for a good result.

Including Arkansaw Kid as the bolter, a colt that looks the forgotten runner here.

Best Bet: Steel City To Win @18/5 at Colossalbet - 4 Units
Next Best Bet: Brave Halo To Win @17/2 at Colossalbet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Arkansaw Kid Each Way @40/1 at Colossalbet - 1 Unit
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Brave Halo
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Arkansaw Kid
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