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Blue Diamond Stakes Tips - hard to split two in 2YO sprint

  • Who will win the Blue Diamond Stakes?
Ben Melham riding I am Immortal winning the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G)

Sometimes we overlook the obvious in racing, and I’m wondering if that will be the case in Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. 

The Anthony Freedman-trained I Am Immortal has won both the Preview and Prelude for the Blue Diamond, and even James Cummings declared how well we worked at trackwork which may have prompted Cummings to look elsewhere with Microphone.

Cummings does saddle up a filly in the race, but Athiri gets in with 2kg less and has a stack of upside following a 3rd placing behind the other Freedman-trained galloper, Lyre, and Vinicunca from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable. 

On what we’ve seen in the Preview and Prelude races, I Am Immortal is my top pick from the boys division and Athiri is on top from the fillies group.

However, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-prepared Loving Gaby comes through the Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield, and she looms as a genuine contender. 

Loving Gaby ran the eight quickest 400m to 200m split for the meeting when running 10.85 which really wasn’t far off stablemate Bons Away who recorded the quickest split (10.71) for meeting when defeating last year’s Blue Diamond winner Written By.

She ran 11.63 for her final 200m but was eased up late for a soft victory. 

In comparison, I Am Immortal ran 1000m at Caulfield in 0:57.37 and ran his final two splits in 11.11 and 11.60 when winning the Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings.

Catch Me won the fillies division in 57.28 and clocked 11.03 and 11.51 for her final splits.

Catch Me disappointed in the Blue Diamond Prelude so I’m not sure what to make of her now when I though she was a standout previously. 

Loving Gaby appears to have the best finishing speed of any runner, she’s sure to improve following her debut success, but the question is; can she get past I Am Immortal who will be in for the fight?

I’m worried where Athiri gets to from barrier 13 seeing she raced on speed last time, and that leaves me tossing up between I Am Immortal and Loving Gabby.

With that pair at odds of $11 and $4.80, we can stake both at 60% and 40% respectively and make a tidy profit if successful. 

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