This Weekend in Racing: Blue Diamond Stakes

Feb 19, 2021

By Terry Kennedy

For Vic Husslers owners the dream is to be trackside at Caulfield this time next year cheering on YOUR horse in $1.5million Blue Diamond.

Still, that’s 12 months away, but there’s a significant link for the Husslers to the hot favourite Enthaar.  Not only is the unbeaten filly trained by TRL trainer Ciaron Maher, but it’s sire is Written Tycoon and the Vic Hussler’s team picked up a Written Tycoon colt in the TRL Draft.

He’s already been given the nickname “Apache” and is having a fantastic preparation at Emeran Park. I loathe backing favourites but Enthaar, despite a difficult draw, looks too good for this bunch on Saturday.


Racing is a great leveller and as they say “the horse doesn’t know how much he or she cost”.

Having a look at the Blue Diamond on Saturday, Construct, from the Snowden yard was the most expensive galloper in the field purchased for $650,000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, while in contrast Ginibi cost just $2000 as a weanling and is now lining up in a $1.5million race.

Good luck to all connections.


Small But Elite Field for Futurity

A field of 10 will line-up in Saturday’s Group One Futurity Stakes  (1400m) at Caulfield, headed by biggest horse in training Behemoth up against the most expensive horse in Ole Kirk

Behemoth stands at over 17 hands and 600 kilograms, while after winning two Group 1s last preparation Ole Kirk has been valued between $30 to $40million. There’s no doubt Ole Kirk will improve with the run, but he won the Guineas at Caulfield last preparation and remains attractive odds around that $6 quote.

Tip: Ole Kirk

Click here to relive Ole Kirk’s Caulfield Guineas win.

Rosehill – Silver Slipper

 Arguably the most impressive two-year-old winner of the season Remarque is not contesting the Group 2 Silver Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday. The super impressive colt has been treated for an elevated temperature and his absence leaves the Silver Slipper wide open. NSW Tycoons trainers Michael and Richard Freedman are flying as a stable and produce Tiger of Malay in the Silver Slipper.

He’s had one start for one win last Spring, that was on a soft track and he’s likely to get conditions to suit again. Tiger of Malay tuned up for the Silver Slipper with a good third in a hot barrier trial against Shaquero and Remarque.

Rosehill – Hobartville Stakes

It’s never easy lining up Kiwi form against Aussie form, but when champion trainer Murray Baker brings a horse from New Zealand across the ditch you’ve got to take notice.

The unbeaten Aegon is trained by Baker along with Andrew Forsman and well in the market for the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens. His last start win in Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie last month was outstanding coming from midfield with a brilliant burst of acceleration.

I’m happy to be with the Kiwi on this occasion.


It’s a pretty average meeting in Brisbane on Saturday with no real standout events at Eagle Farm. Some horses simply aren’t enjoying the firm surface at Eagle Farm, but one that does is Bellissimi Amici trained by TRL’s Rob Heathcote in Race 7. Bellissimi Amici was super impressive two starts back winning at the Farm before failing at Doomben last start.

I’m banking on her bouncing back on the firm surface at big odds.


WA Magic Millions Time

It’s been a busy time for all industry participants in WA this week, combining their normal duties with the Magic Millions sales in the Swan Valley. If you like backing well weighted horses, I’d be sticking with Trap For Fools, who drops 2.5kg after a terrific run in the Perth Cup seven weeks ago.

He looked good in a recent Lark Hill trial and will take some getting past in the straight.

TIP: Trap For Fools