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Horse racing Tips – Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes

Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at every runner in Saturday’s  $2m Blue Diamond Stakes for 2YOs with horse racing tips for the first four. Read on to see how he maps the hectic scamper. Good luck!

1. BARBER (9) 11×1

T: James Cummings / J: Jamie Kah  (57kg)

A fascinating choice awaits Godolphin if this bloke salutes and he looks like the one who will. He would be unbeaten in 4 starts and his breeding resume would read: Gr 1 Blue Diamond winner; Gr 3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner; $1m Golden Gift winner, and finally Kirkham Plate winner. He’d have banked $2million in prizemoney too. Could stand for $77,000 first season and attract 160 mares. Is bullet proof and will be right in this.

2. ARKANSAW KID (4) 1×0

T: Team Hayes / J: Joe McNeil (57kg)

Can run but this will test. After winning handsomely at The Valley on debut couldn’t get on the track when well beaten 11th at Randwick. Not keen.

3. ZULFIQAR  (15) 15×1

T: James Cummings / J: Ben Melham (57kg)

Won very impressively first up making it two wins from three starts. Has a lot of early speed. Those two wins have been when he led all the way and he may not find the root from this alley. That’s a concern. Stablemate to Barber and Exploring.

4. LITTLE BROSE (7) 21×2

T: Team Hayes / J: Michael Dee (57kg)

This is a very smart colt. From this gate he should settle one off in about 6th spot and if a run presents as they turn he looms as one of the hardest to beat. Hits the line very hard. Beaten a head by the unbeaten Barber last start when resuming. Big danger.

5. BRAVE HALO  (16) 111×4

T: Team Casey / J: Damien Oliver (57kg)

Came from the west with a three from three record and was a good thing beaten when resuming behind Barber and Little Bros over 1100m last start. Horrible draw here but if he can find cover he has claims as he is the best horse in the field.


T:  Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  J: Jordan Childs (57kg)

Has talent and led all way to win Listed race last start here from Corniche. Is getting better with racing and may well set the tempo in this. Has proven impossible to get past thus far but this is 200m further than he’s ever run. Top hope though.

7. VEECEE (14) 12

T: Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace /J: Ethan Brown (57kg)

Tough task from here as he may have to go back to find cover. Two starts to date have been solid efforts, last start hit line well when 2nd to Zulfiqar. This is harder and may be tested. Place show for sure.

8. DON CORLEONE (3) 14

T: Team Snowden / J: Mark Zahra  (57kg)

Sydney colt who looked like a superstar on debut at Randwick when storming to victory. Last start, when odds on pop, same track was a bit disappointing when 4th. Well drawn here and can run on.

9. EXPLORING  (13) 141

T:  James Cummings / J: Craig Williams (55kg)

Very speedy filly who led all the way to claim the big lead up race the 1100m Prelude. This is harder and the early pressure will be a lot tougher. But, she keeps winning. Tough draw though.

10. DE SONIC BOOM (8) 10

T: Team Freedman / J: Dan Moor  (55kg)

Look strong winning on debut with Exploring in her dust but then didn’t fire a shot when 12th to that same filly last start. This is too strong.

11. PARTY FOR TWO  (1) 3112 

T: Damien Batters /J: Nikita Beriman (55kg)

Seems to be getting better with racing. Has the perfect draw for a speed horse. Couldn’t get on the track last start when a very brave 2nd to Exploring. In this will probably settle 3rd with cover on the rails and is strong late. Place show.

12. STEEL CITY (5) 22

T: Ciaron Maher &Dave Eustace /  J: Blake Shinn (55kg)

Maiden galloper still after two starts but is ticking along nicely and is a definite threat here. Has run into perhaps two of the best three juveniles in Sydney at only two starts to date and went with them each time to the wire. Will get the run of the race and is a definite danger.

13. DUBENENKO (11) 463×1

T: Chris Bieg / J: Dean Yendall (55kg)

Smart South Australian filly who came with a rush to win there last start. Failed to win easier races when in Victoria prior so this will test.

14. CIGAR FLICK  (18) 145

T: Chris Waller / J: Craig Newitt (55kg)


15. PICKY (17) 25

T: Team Corstens /  J: Damien Thornton (55kg)

Good filly who has talent enough but after two starts is still a maiden. She probably needs more time.


T: Mick Price & Michael Kent / J: Blaike McDougall (55kg)

Another maiden galloper but  she may well be right in this finish. Ran 3rd to Exploring on debut and was wide most of the way. Should derive benefit from that. Watch market.

17. SENSICAL (12) 34

T: Peter Moddy / J: Dan Stackhouse (55kg) 

Has talent and is beautifully bred. Last start came with a powerful eye-catching run from the tail when 4th to Exploring over 1100m. This is harder but that experience and extra trip help a great deal.

18. BEAUTY RISING (10) 27

T: Phil Stokes/ J: –  (55kg)

Pretty smart, but still a maiden after two starts and this is difficult from this gate.  This is too hard.


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