The first major on the 2023 Australian racing calendar gets under way on Saturday, with the running of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, to be held this year at Sandown Lakeside Racecourse over 1200m. With $1.5m up for grabs, the set weights feature h...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Blue Diamond Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 25th February, 2023|
|Racecourse||Caulfield Racecourse, VIC, Australia|
The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in February. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 25th of February at Caulfield Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Daumier.
First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond Stakes is Victoria’s premier and richest two year old race.
With the exception of 1996 when the race was run at Flemington due to course reconstruction at Caulfield, the event has always been run at the Melbourne Racing Club’s Caulfield racecourse over the 6 furlongs or the 1200m.
Trainer David Hayes holds the record for most wins with 5 whilst Dwayne Dunn is the Blue Diamond Stakes winningest jockey with 4.
The Blue Diamond Stakes is an Australian Group 1 held at Caulfield Racecourse, it is one of the first major races in the calendar year and the $1.5 million prizemoney attached to it means the race brings some of the best horses from across the country to Melbourne, whilst also attracting many Aussies, who enjoying engaging in a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Blue Diamond Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to race day.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes, it is hard to provide any real updates in relation to our tips right now. However, as the new racing season starts to kick into gear and the horses that are targeting this race become clearer, we will be able to provide you with updates.
If you are after the best Blue Diamond Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you updated with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your all important futures bets with confidence! When looking for Blue Diamond Stakes tips, we have indicated some key factors to success in the betting section below.
We will list The Sharks’ Blue Diamond Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Blue Diamond Stakes in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Blue Diamond Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Blue Diamond Stakes. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Blue Diamond Stakes Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
In recent years, the winners of the Blue Diamond Stakes have struggled to reach the heights of Group 1 success again however there are still many great horses littered through the race’s honour roll.
Of the most recent, these include champion mare Alinghi, along with super sprinter and sire of Black Caviar; Bel Esprit.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Blue Diamond Stakes?
Whilst the overall record of favourites is not great in the Blue Diamond Stakes, this trend has begun to swing in recent years with six favourites saluting since 2011.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
The Blue Diamond Stakes has two lead up ‘Prelude’ races which splits the boys and the girls into two separate races where they then meet in the Group 1 feature.
The vast majority of winners come out of these races and all but two horses since 2011 have been last start winners. Daumier, who won in 2022, contested and also won the Blue Diamond Preview.
The Blue Diamond Stakes is a race only open to two year olds.
The Blue Diamond Stakes is run under a weight for age scale.
Of the last 11 runnings of the Blue Diamond Stakes there is a slight leaning towards the fillies who have won six compared to the colts who’ve won five.
Our Blue Diamond Stakes best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Before the official Blue Diamond Stakes field is announced – many different online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Blue Diamond Stakes betting. This is probably the best time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to find strong contenders for the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes at long odds.
Once the bookies release the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes odds, they usually tend to fluctuate day-by-day in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better understanding of the group of horses that will be targeting the race, as well as their form leading up to the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Betting early on these markets means you could have the ability to find the favourite at a price of $10 or more, which means if your chosen horse goes on to win, you will get a much higher return. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you need to understand the risks.
Depending on when you put your 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes futures bet on, your horse may not even run but you also won’t get your money back, this occurs when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to race day. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you have the added security of getting your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
The 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes odds are out, and there are currently two equal favourites; Barber and Steel City. Here are the current odds, courtesy of Neds, as of early-February:
|Learning To Fly||$9.00|
|De Sonic Boom||$15|
There was a big field in the Blue Diamond Stakes for the 2022 edition of the race, with 16 runners, however Lofty Strike was scratched before the race, making the final field 15.
It was a fairly open field, as was reflected in the odds, as only a handful of runners started under double digit odds. The favourite leading into the race was Jacquinot, at $4.40. On the second line of betting was Revolutionary Miss, at $4.60.
However, it was not Jacquinot or Revolutionary Miss who were victorious in this race. Long priced runner, Daumier got the win, at odds of $20! It was Revolutionary Miss (2nd) and Jacquinot (3rd) who rounded out the minor placings.
With the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes yet to be run, let’s have a look back at the running of the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes to see if it can give us any form indicators.
It was a reasonably sized field, with a total of 15 runners taking part in the race (after one was scratched). Punters sent Jacquinot to the barriers as the $4.40 favourite, and Revolutionary Miss was close behind, at $4.60. Unfortunately, it was not one of those two runners who ended up crossing the finish line first.
In fact, it was Daumier, who started at odds of $20, to beat out Revolutionary Miss by 0.1L to claim top spot. Daumier was able to use a favourable barrier (5) to his advantage. Sitting in 6th place at the 400m mark, he was no match for Revolutionary Miss (2nd) or the favourite, Jacquinot (3rd), who finished 0.4L behind.
Daumier had won the Blue Diamond Preview, and finished third in the Blue Diamond Prelude prior to this race. So it was not so out of the blue to see this colt perform well in the Group 1!
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Blue Diamond Stakes race:
The results for the upcoming Blue Diamond Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2019||Lyre||Lankan Star||Free Of Debt|
|2016||Extreme Choice||Flying Artie||Zamzam|
|2015||Pride Of Dubai||Reemah||Lake Geneva|
|2013||Miracles Of Life||Fast ‘N’ Rocking||Godiva Rock|
|2012||Samaready||No Looking Back||Armed for Action|