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Blue Diamond Stakes Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Caulfield Group 1

  • The Blue Diamond Stakes takes place at Caulfield
  • The Group 1 is staged during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival
Sepoy wins the Blue Diamond Stakes

The Blue Diamond Stakes is the most prestigious race for two-year-olds on the Victorian racing calendar. 

It is a Group 1 event run at Caulfield over 1200 metres under set weight conditions and carries prizemoney of $1.5 million.

Blue Diamond Stakes Day is the premier day of the Melbourne Autumn Carnival, with the Oakleigh Plate and Futurity Stakes being the other Group 1 events on the program.

The race was first run in 1971 where it was won by Tolerance. Many great horses have since won the event including Manikato (1977), Rancher (1982), Bounding Away (1986), Zedative (1988), Courtza (1989), Redoute’s Choice (1999), Alinghi (2004), Sepoy (2011) and Earthquake (2014).

The Blue Diamond attracts top class colts and geldings and fillies in Victoria and has lured competitive two-year-olds from over the border in South Australia and Sydney.



Fontiton winning the Blue Diamond Prelude in 2015

The genuine competitors for the Blue Diamond enjoy a couple of trials prior to the big race. The lead-up races, however, are sex orientated with the colts & geldings and fillies competing against their own sex in the Blue Diamond Previews held in late January, and then again in the Blue Diamond Preludes which are run two weeks later and two weeks prior to the Group 1 event.

The winner and sometimes placegetters of the big race usually head on to the Group 1 Golden Slipper held at Rosehill in Sydney some three weeks later.

Several horses have won the double over the years, including John’s Hope (1972), Manikato (1978), Bounding Away (1986), and Courtza (1989). Since then, the only successful dual winner has been Sepoy in 2011.

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Blue Diamond Stakes Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Caulfield Group 1

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