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Gr 1 Blue Diamond Stakes

Our always accurate Gr 1 specialist Ric Chapman has taken to the Gr 1 Blue Diamond for the babies at Caulfield. He previews EVERY runner and finds the TOP 4 hopes.

1. Rue De Royale (17)

echo J: Chad Schofield T: Team McEvoy

This bloke is still a maiden but he wont be for long because he is very smart. Such a shame he has drawn this near impossible-to-overcome wide gate. Should have won the $1m Golden Gift when 2nd to the flying Shangri La Express, then when resuming last start, rattled home for 2nd to the speedy Fully Lit in the $2m Millenium. This may be a little tougher but he can find the line.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 1 x 1
Win $51.00 Place $12.00
  • Place Performer

2. Spywire (18)

echo J: John Allen T: Ciaran Maher

Is very smart but like the topweight, has drawn horribly. He either has to go way too fast to overcome it early, or sit wide all the way. Hasn’t raced since a game 3rd in the $3m Magic Millions behind the super-fast Storm Boy. Would rate a great show had he drawn a good marble.

PB Rating 8.1
Last 5 1 2 1 3
Win $31.00 Place $7.50
  • Place Performer

3. Bodyguard (6)

Best Bet
echo J: Mark Zahra T: Team Snowden

SCRATCHED

PB Rating 9
Last 5 1 x 1
Win $6.00 Place $2.15
  • Proven Winner

4. Coleman (7)

echo J: Ben Melham T: Matt Laurie

Is the boom horse and the one most super-good judges want to be on. Has drawn well too. His two race starts have been easy wins in stakes grade and likes to be handy all the way. Will have the race run to suit him and should be right in the money. Probably hits the front with 200m to go. Big show.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 1 x 1
Win $4.40 Place $1.75
  • Proven Winner

5. Stay Focused (15)

echo J: Daniel Stackhouse T: Phillip Stokes

Is smart and tough. Bolted in at Geelong on debut then up to stakes level and came with Bodyguard late to just miss in the Prelude over 1100m last start. Gave the impression this trip will suit but where does he get in the run? Bad draw means he will be wide all the way. Place.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 1 2
Win $18.00 Place $4.80
  • Place Performer

6. Dublin Down (3)

echo J: Harry Coffey T: Team McEvoy

Resumes here after stakes win in handy field at Flemington. Drawn perfectly but he does like to settle so may get shuffled back in the early hunt. Can run on. This is tough though.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 4 2 1 x
Win $41.00 Place $10.00
  • Likes Dry Track

7. Traffic Warden (14)

echo J: Craig Williams T: James Cummings

Is very good. Draw may bother him but he is tractable and does finish hard. Only start at this track was heavily backed, sat back in 6th to the bend and powered over them then went to Sydney for a stakes race and ran a game, closing 3rd to Prost over 1100m. No surprise to see him finish over these if he gets a good run.

PB Rating 8.4
Last 5 2 1 3
Win $21.00 Place $5.50
  • Ready to Fire

8. High Octane (10)

echo J: Blake Shinn T: Team Snowden

on debut in the Diamond Review, he sat midfield and just finished hard to win impressively then was 5th to Bodyguard last start in the Prelude. Never saw daylight and many think he should have won the race. Fitter, knows this track well now, and should finish very hard. Big show.

PB Rating 8.4
Last 5 1 5
Win $6.50 Place $2.25
  • Ready to Fire

9. Zestiman (8)

echo J: Declan Bates T: Team Hayes

Showed speed to win on debut over 1000m at Flemington then sent to Sydney and not disgraced when making ground late and 5th to Fully Lit in $2m Millennium. Obviously has talent and can run on. Very fit now. Place show.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 1 5
Win $71.00 Place $17.00
  • Ready to Fire

10. Fearless (16)

echo J: Michael Dee T: Team Snowden

Maiden galloper but is very good. Draw here is terrible though and that should test him. Last start though, ran himself into contention with a really solid finishing burst for 2nd to Prost in Sydney beating Traffic Warden home. Hard to see him getting cover here but if he does he can run.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 4 x 2
Win $26.00 Place $6.50
  • Place Performer

11. Hayasugi (11)

echo J: Jamie Kah T: Clinton McDonald

Will hit the line hard and is a major player in this. Ever since Jamie Kah has taken the ride on her she is unbeaten winning both the Preview and the Prelude in good style and good time. Will get back here too but we know she is fit and loves the track. Big show.

PB Rating 8.4
Last 5 2 5 1 1
Win $19.00 Place $5.00
  • Track Talent

12. Eneeza (5)

Best Value
echo J: Damian Lane T: Peter Moody & Kath Coleman

Is the dark horse here. Up on speed when way too strong over 1000m in Stakes race then last start took on the boom colt here Coleman and ran a game 2nd after blowing like a gale in the betting. Fitter now and drawn to get a great run.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 2 1 2
Win $10.00 Place $3.00
  • Track Talent

13. Lady Of Camelot (4)

echo J: Adam Hyeronimus T: Gai waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Very, very hard to beat. Has never raced here but is super fast and will turn in front. Did that last start after being sensationally backed in to odds on last start when resuming in the Gr 3 Widden. Gave nothing a look in. Best part was her final 600m. If she has improved she wins this easily.

PB Rating 8.6
Last 5 4 x 1
Win $6.50 Place $2.25
  • Ready to Fire

14. Kuroyanagi (2)

echo J: Brenton Avdulla T: Will Clarken & Niki O'Shea

South Australian filly with talent. Strolled ina t Gawler when on speed all the way. Then up to stakes level in the Prelude and beaten a nose by Hayasugi here. Must be a threat from this great gate.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 1 2
Win $21.00 Place $5.50
  • In Form

15. Matisse (1)

echo J: Luke Currie T: Team Freedman

Maiden galloper after two starts but she was responsible for an enormous run when 3rd to Hayasugi and Kuroyanagi in the Prelude. Came from 12th on the bend and beats them in two more strides. This is 100m further but has the inside gate and may get locked up in traffic all the way.

PB Rating 7.2
Last 5 3 3
Win $19.00 Place $5.00
  • Place Performer

16. Flyer (13)

echo J: Jye Mcneil T: Jason Warren

Won on debut in maiden grade at Sandown in slow time and will be wide most of the way from this draw. Not keen.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 1
Win $101.00 Place $21.00
  • Likes Dry Track

17. In Her Eyes (9)

echo J: Blaike Mcdougall T: Team Corstens

Maiden but has talent. Got back to last on the bend in the Prelude but ran on was beaten 3 lengths. This is harder but is not the roughest.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 2 7
Win $61.00 Place $14.00
  • Ready to Fire

18. Altermatum (12)

echo J: undefined T: Team McEvoy

Maiden still after two runs but they have been handy efforts latest when 5th to Hayasugi in the Prelude. This should test.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 3 x 5
Win $151.00 Place $34.00
  • Place Performer

First 4

1. Lady Of Camelot, 2. Coleman, 3. Eneeza, 4. Rue de Royale

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* PB rating based on form analysts’ opinion.

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