The Blue Diamond Prelude C&G is a Group 3 race for two-year-old colts & geldings that takes place in early February each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. This race is run under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1100 metres and is worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G was won by Hanseatic from Rulership with Rathlin third.
The colts & geldings Prelude is held on Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes day, the second biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club, after Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day, and is the male eqivalent of the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) for fillies.
|Date:||Saturday 8th February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo C&G - Set Weights|
The Blue Diamond Prelude C&G is an 1100 race for two-year-old colts & geldings during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. It serves as the ideal lead up race to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes which takes place two weeks later at the same track.
Some very talented horses have won this race over the years, including Sepoy (2011), Bel Esprit (2002), Lonhro (2001), Flying Spur (1995) and Danzero (1994). The level weights playing field advantages the better two-year-old gallopers engaged, as evidenced by the winner's honour role.
The Colts & Geldings Prelude is held on the same day as the female version of the race, which is the Blue Diamond Prelude - Fillies.
Classy sprinter Sepoy (2011) is the last galloper to win the Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude and Blue Diamond Stakes double. Sepoy travelled to Sydney later that autumn to capture the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, completing the Blue Diamond & Golden Slipper double in the process.
Hanseatic (2020) took out the Listed Blue Diamond Preview for colts & geldings over 1000m at Caulfield before producing an outstanding finish to win this event for the Anthony Freedman stable.
Recent Blue Diamond Prelude C&G winners include I Am Immortal (2019) and Written By (2018).
1. $2.30 Hanseatic 55.5 Luke Currie
2. $2.90 Rulership 55.5 Mark Zahra
3. $17.00 Rathlin 55.5 Ben Melham
4. $12.00 Tagaloa 55.5 Michael Walker
5. $81.00 Glenfiddich 55.5 Brett Prebble
6. $31.00 Tanker 55.5 John Allen
7. $14.00 Winsum 55.5 Craig Williams
8. $21.00 Valaquenta 55.5 Damian Lane
9. $31.00 Jabali Ridge 55.5 Jye McNeil
10. $21.00 Hard Landing 55.5 Luke Nolen
11. $101.00 Spirit Of Giving 55.5 Ben Thompson
12. $151.00 Southern 55.5 Lachlan King
Margins: 0.3 len, 0.5 len
A number of group races take place on CF Orr Stakes day alongside the Blue Diamond Preludes, including the Group 2 Autumn Stakes, Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Group 3 Carlyon Cup & Group 3 Boronia Stakes.
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|2019||I Am Immortal||Shotmaker||Hawker Hurricane||1:04.4|
|2018||Written By||Plague Stone||Native Soldier||1:04.9|
|2017||Property||Pariah||Wait For No-One||1:03.8|
|2016||Flying Artie||Star Turn||China Dream||1:03.0|
|2015||Of The Brave||Pride Of Dubai||Sampeah||1:03.6|
|2010||Beneteau||General Truce||The Greatandthegood||1:02.5|
|2009||Real Saga||Reward For Effort||Starspangledbanner||1:03.7|
|2008||Wilander||Exceedingly Good||Minnesota Shark||1:03.9|
|2007||Shrewd Rhythm||Zizou||Victory Chant||1:03.4|
|2006||Due Sasso||Wonderful World||Swinging Bachelor||1:03.4|
|2005||Perfectly Ready||The Rhine||Bradbury's Luck||1:03.9|
|2003||Hammerbeam||Murphy's Blu Boy||Scaredee Cat||1:03.7|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Cool Trent||Step Ahead||1:05.2|
|2000||Happy Giggle||Lord Dane||Sparks||1:04.6|
|1999||Charm Scene Land||Real Jester||Cullen||1:04.8|
|1996||Winger Charger||Polish Native||Red Rascal||1:06.8|
|1994||Danzero||Western Beat||Cannibal King||1:03.6|
|1993||Alacqua||St Rory||Pride Of Rancho||1:05.3|
|1992||Yachtie||Just Juan||Landsdowne Road||1:04.0|
|1991||Chief Headhunter||Group Decision||Noble Lancer||1:03.7|
|1990||Unspoken Word||Trustful||Satellite Bay||1:03.7|
|1989||Ark Regal||Mabrook||High Waters||1:04.7|
|1988||Nanutarra||King's High||My Bright Boy||1:04.8|