Top 5 Blue Diamond Stakes Winners
The Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) gives the two-year-olds a shot at Group 1 glory and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Blue Diamond Stakes winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Blue Diamond Stakes winners.
1. SEPOY (2011)
Sepoy heads our top 5 Blue Diamond Stakes winners since 2000 and raced 13 times for 10 wins. One of few to claim the Blue Diamond/Golden Slipper (1200m) double, he returned in the spring to beat the older horses in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) before claiming the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day ahead of Foxwedge. The Peter Snowden-trained galloper was like a number of Slipper winners that would retire early on to go to stud and took out four Group 1 races in total.
2. ALINGHI (2004)
The Lee Freedman-trained filly was the Blue Diamond winner in 2004 and a highlight of her performances was her ability to chase down opposition from the back of the field. Named after a two-time America’s Cup winning yacht, she sailed from the back to defeat Wager in this race. While she missed out behind Dance Hero as a $1.70 pop in the Golden Slipper, she did pick up four Group 1 wins, getting out to the 1600m of the Thousand Guineas, while one of her best efforts came in the 2005 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) when she reigned in Fastnet Rock late in the piece.
3. BEL ESPRIT (2002)
The flyer from Macedon won his first four races by a combined margin of 14 lengths and led them up with Wayne ‘Smoky’ Treloar on board in the Blue Diamond of 2002 before holding on from Pillaging. Another that missed out in the Slipper, Bel Esprit finished runner-up in three successive Group 1 races in the spring of 2002 but bounced back in 2003 with victory in the Doomben 10000 (1350m) before embarking on a successful stud career.
4. STAR WITNESS (2010)
A two-time Group 1 winner, Star Witness claimed the Blue Diamond in 2010 ahead of Shaheeq and Benetau. The son of Starcraft came from well back that day and returned in the spring to take out the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) as a three-year-old. The following week, he bumped into Black Caviar in the VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and filled the exacta behind that horse. He was set for a Royal Ascot campaign in 2011 and placed in both the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) and the Golden Jubilee (1200m).
5. EXTREME CHOICE (2016)
The Mick Price-trained Extreme Choice raced on just eight occasions for four wins, with two of those coming in Group 1 company. He won the Blue Diamond ahead of his stablemate, Flying Artie, at just his second career start, while his other Group 1 win came when resuming in the Moir Stakes (1000m) that spring.