Caulfield racing preview & tips | Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2024

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What Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2024
Where Caulfield Racecourse – Gate 22, Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145
When Saturday, February 24, 2024
First Race 12:15pm AEDT

Three Group 1 races complete a stacked 10-race card at Caulfield this Saturday. The juveniles take top billing in the Blue Diamond Stakes, the sprinters will battle for Oakleigh Plate success, and Mr Brightside will be looking to add another Group 1 win to his name in the Futurity Stakes. Despite rain forecast on Thursday, the track should be no worse than a Soft 5 or 6 on Saturday, with a Good 4 more than likely. The rail comes out 4m for the entire circuit, with a Group 1 day of racing commencing at 12:15pm AEDT.

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Race 1: Handicap (2000m)

Flash Feeling has been a frustrating conveyance for punters in recent times, but John Sadler’s five-year-old looks set to bring up another win on Saturday. The Iffraaj progeny did plenty wrong at this track and trip when beaten two-lengths behind Don’t Doubt Dory and Independent Road. He overraced throughout, and that tolled late, but if he can settle nicely on Saturday, he is in this right up to his neck. With a 7.5kg advantage over Dunkel, Flash Feeling should have no issues in sprinting under the lightweight, and from barrier two should have no excuses.


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Race 2: BM84 Handicap (1100m)

Midtown Boss gets the best bet tag having returned in fine form in two runs this campaign. First-up at Flemington he easily disposed of subsequent metro winner Mornington Glory, before being grabbed late by the in-form Rey Magnerio in arguably a tougher race than this. From barrier 11, Daniel Stackhouse will look to land this bloke in a midfield spot with cover, where he should have the sit on what looks to be a moderately run 1100m sprint. He has the best turn of foot, and as long as he is not trapped wide throughout, Midtown Boss should be overpowring his rivals late on.


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Best Bet

Race 2 – Silk #7 Midtown Boss (5)

4yo Gelding | T: Matt Laurie | J: Daniel Stackhouse (57kg)

+210 with Dabble

Race 3: Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m)

Having knocked off her maiden at Pakenham, Pure Paradise is set to continue that winning form in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m). Hailing from the Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans barn, the Capitalist filly only needs to repeat her runs two runs back in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1600m) to be winning here. With plenty of speed drawn out wide, Craig Williams will most likely have her settled midfield with cover, and if Pure Paradise can gain a tow into the race, her turn of foot is good enough to be taking her a long way to winning this.


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Angus Armanasco Stakes

Race 3 – Silk #3 Pure Paradise (5)

3yo Filly | T: Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans | J: Craig Williams (56kg)

+550 with Neds

Race 4: Group 2 Zeditave Stakes (1200m)

Brave Mead could not have been any more impressive in claiming the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) upon return, and looks set to go on with the job in the Group 2 Zedative Stakes (1200m). Already a two-time winner at Caulfield in three attempts, the three-year-old colt will look to take up proceedings from barrier 11 and dictate terms, much the same as he did in the Manfred. In a race without many other speed influences, Brave Mead should have plenty of petrol left in the tank and will prove too hard to run down.


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Next Best

Race 4 – Silk #1 Brave Mead (11)

3yo Colt | T: Ciaron Maher | J: Blake Shinn (58.5kg)

+190 with Bet365

Race 5: Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m)

Dunbelievin’ produced an eye-catching run when finishing third in a BM70 at this track and trip on February 3, and it was a good enough an effort to suggest he was worth sticking with in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m). The son of Dundeel simply got too far back upon settling, and despite rattling off some nice late sectionals in tight room on the rails, it was too much of a bridge to gap, going down by 1.1 lengths. From barrier five, Blake Shinn will most likely have the three-year-old in the moving line throughout. With a sharp turn of foot, Dunbelievin’ can blouse the leaders and cause a minor upset.


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Best Value

Race 5 – Silk #1 Dunbelievin’ (5)

3yo Gelding | T: Ciaron Maher | J: Blake Shinn (57kg)

+1100 with Dabble

Race 6: Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m)

Despite the return of Gold Trip, we’re happy to take on the $2.60 favourite with Foxy Cleopatra. The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained mare chased home Yonce first up in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m), in a run that screamed out that the 1800m at her next start would be ideal. With a touch of race fitness on her side, and drawn handily in barrier two, Blake Shinn should have a lapful of horse turning for home. Despite being nearly 18-months between wins, Foxy Cleopatra oozes class, and with a strong finishing burst under her bonnet, Foxy Cleopatra goes on top in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m).


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Peter Young Stakes

Race 6 – Silk #10 Foxy Cleopatra (2)

4yo Mare | T: Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young | J: Blake Shinn (57kg)

+700 with Betfair

Race 7: Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m)

Mr Brightside is $1.50 for a reason in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m). He is the best horse in the country not named Fangirl, and outside of any unforeseen bad luck, Mr Brightside simply wins again.


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Futurity Stakes

Race 7 – Silk #1 Mr Brightside (5)

6yo Gelding | T: Ben, Will & JD Hayes | J: Craig Williams (59kg)

-200 with Unibet

Race 8: Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m)

The feature of the day, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) has attracted a capacity field of 16 juveniles looking to etch themselves into equine immortality. Matt Laurie’s Coleman top the betting, whilst Sydney-based filly Lady Of Camelot will be looking to hand Gai Waterhouse her first win in the race.

Click here for our full preview of the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes

Race 9: Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m)

The Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) is one of the more prestigious sprints in the country, and the 2024 edition looks to be an even affair. Three-year-old colt Kings Gambit heads the market with horse racing bookmakers, just ahead of the classy sprint Asfoora. With a log gam of sprinters around the $10-$17 quote, there looks to be plenty of value in the 2024 Oakleigh Plate.

Click here for our full preview of the 2024 Oakleigh Plate

Race 10: Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m)

Vagrant was scratched from Flemington last week to be saved for another day, and considering she is a mare in form, with three wins in a row, she looks the best way home in the Group 3 Mannerisim Stakes (1400m). On the back of a perfect steer, the Pariah mare got the better of the likes of Penthouse and Party For One in dominant fashion in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m), and as she steps up to 1400m once again, she looks just as formidable. With two wins and two minor placings at the trip, Vagrant looks to be the horse with conditions to suit in the last. If the breaks come her way from barrier one, Vagrant will prove too good for her rivals.


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Mannerism Stakes

Race 10 – Silk #4 Vagrant (1)

4yo Mare | T: Mitchell Freedman | J: Damian Lane (58kg)

+450 with Picklebet

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