Tue, Feb 21, 4:41pm by Senior Writer
A favourable barrier draw for Saturday’s $1.5 million Group One Blue Diamond Stakes has seen Property challenge unbeaten filly Catchy for favouritism in Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.
Property, who has won both the Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude for the colts and gelding, had been as long as $8 before the barrier draw but after coming out with barrier three in the 16-horse field, is now into $6.
That’s just a half a point longer than Catchy, who drifted to $5.50 after she came out with a tricky alley, barrier 13.
Sportsbet reported an immediate move for Property, who will be ridden by Hong Kong-based Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira.
“Catchy was the best backed runner before the barrier draw, but support has come quickly for Property. The barrier draw has certainly turned things upside down for favourite backers and we expect more moves before Saturday,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
Pariah, the colt that Property edged out in the Prelude two weeks ago, is $6.50 after drawing barrier 11.
David Hayes, who trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, has six runners in the race, and amazingly five of them drew outside barrier nine. Tulip drew the best of the six, barrier eight, while Formality, which is to be ridden by another global superstar jockey in Ryan Moore, is in barrier 12.
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Wait For No One, the likely leader in the race, comes from barrier 10, with stablemates Muraahib (15) and Will’s Bid (16) may also press forward.
Only four Blue Diamond winners since 2000 have started from a double figure gate.
Roomooz, one of three runners for Tony McEvoy, is on the next line of betting at $15. Her stablemates Aspect ($41) and Azazel ($21) are both at longer odds. There are 10 colts and geldings and six fillies in the field, with gelding Sheer Madness the only emergency,
The stats say that 28 of the 46 runnings of the Blue Diamond have been won by colts or geldings, with just 18 won by fillies.
Significantly five of the last six winners of the race have gone into race unbeaten. There are only five horses in the race who fit that bill, Jukebox, Muraahib, Catchy, Formality and Blondie.
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