The Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 is primed for an explosive showdown at Caulfield this Saturday.


Team Snowden’s unbeaten Prelude winner Bodyguard is one of the favourites to take out the Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A capacity field of 16 precocious two-year-olds will thunder down the 1200-meter track, all vying for the coveted $2 million prize and a chance to write their names in racing history. But this year’s Blue Diamond carries an extra layer of intrigue, with three contenders aiming for legendary feats.

Leading the charge are the undefeated colts, Bodyguard and Coleman.

From the stables of Peter & Paul Snowden, Bodyguard carries the hopes of a dynasty. The I Am Invincible colt seeks to add his name to the illustrious list of Blue Diamond winners trained by the Snowdens, which already includes Sepoy, Earthquake, and Pride Of Dubai.

Coleman meanwhile also chases win number three with Matt Laurie‘s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes winning Pierata colt heading the latest Blue Diamond Stakes markets at $4.20 through Ladbrokes after drawing a treat in gate seven.

But the true history-maker may be the filly Hayasugi. Trained by Clinton McDonald, she carries the weight of an entire sex on her shoulders.

Having conquered both the Preview and Prelude races for fillies, Hayasugi is on the cusp of achieving a rare treble, becoming only the second filly in history to win all three races in the Blue Diamond series.

With Jamie Kah onboard, the talented Royal Meeting daughter will have her supporters roaring her name every step of the way.

However, the road to glory won’t be easy. Rue De Royale, the impressive runner-up in both the Golden Gift and Inglis Millennium, comes south with plenty of talent and jockey Chad Schofield aiming for a tactical masterclass.

The barrier draw adds another layer of drama. While the likes of Bodyguard and Hayasugi have drawn reasonably well, others like Spywire and Rue De Royale face daunting starts from the outside gates.

However, in sprint races like the Blue Diamond, anything can happen, and a well-timed surge from the back of the pack could rewrite the script entirely.

With undefeated contenders, a history-chasing filly, and a field brimming with talent, the Blue Diamond Stakes 2024 promises to be a spectacle you won’t want to miss in Melbourne this Saturday.

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 42×2 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Chad Schofield 17 57kg 77
2 1213 SPYWIRE Ciaron Maher John Allen 18 57kg 75
3 1×1 BODYGUARD Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 6 57kg 83
4 1×1 COLEMAN Matt Laurie Ben Melham 7 57kg 83
5 12 STAY FOCUSED Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 15 57kg 77
6 421x DUBLIN DOWN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 3 57kg 74
7 213 TRAFFIC WARDEN James Cummings Craig Williams 14 57kg 74
8 15 HIGH OCTANE Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 10 57kg 72
9 15 ZESTIMAN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Declan Bates 8 57kg 70
10 4×2 FEARLESS Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 16 57kg
11 25×11 HAYASUGI Clinton McDonald Ms Jamie Kah 11 55kg 83
12 21×2 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 5 55kg 76
13 4×1 LADY OF CAMELOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 55kg 80
14 12 KUROYANAGI Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 2 55kg 72
15 33 MATISSE Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 1 55kg 71
16 1 FLYER Jason Warren Jye McNeil 13 55kg 64
17e 27 IN HER EYES Leon & Troy Corstens Blaike McDougall 9 55kg 63
18e 3×5 ALTERMATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy 12 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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