The Blue Diamond Stakes is the premier two-year-old race in Melbourne and a full field of 16 runners plus emergencies will line up.
Worth $1.5 million in stake money, the Blue Diamond is sought after by the very best fillies and colts in Australia.
The 2018 field might be a touch down on class compared to previous seasons, but there’s great value on offer and we have found our best tip, best each way and best roughie selection.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Blue Diamond Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Blue Diamond Stakes 2018
Long Leaf @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Plague Stone @ $8 – BET NOW
Written By @ $10 – BET NOW
Blue Diamond Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Long Leaf (Best Bet – $6.50) – BET NOW
Unbeaten after three runs, Long Leaf deserves to command respect.
The Lindsay Park-trained colt has won only narrowly in those three starts, but he has had to fight hard and that’s a good quality to have.
Drawing barrier seven should see him settle near the pace for jockey Kerrin McEvoy and his opening odds of $8 have come tumbling down already.
Written By (Best Roughie – $10) – BET NOW
Written By’s odds have been reflective of his barrier draw of 18, but with some luck he could be fighting out the finish.
The colt by Written Tycoon defeated a top field on this track last start and he continues to run at long odds.
The $10 on offer is a fair price given the draw and if he finds cover he’ll be tough to hold out.
Run Naan ($20) – BET NOW
Run Naan looked good winning his first two career starts before running into Long Leaf and Written By.
He would need to lift a touch to be a winning factor here, but he’s drawn to get all favours so we wouldn’t discount him altogether.
Prairie Fire ($9.50) – BET NOW
That was an impressive win by Prairie Fire last start at Flemington and he gets the inside draw to work with.
The Mick Price-trained colt improved nicely after running third on debut and there has been good specking for the son of Snitzel throughout the week.
Ollivander ($26) – BET NOW
Finished 8.8 lengths behind Written By at Caulfield last start and although he has winning experience on this track, he needs to lift.
The bookmakers look to have his odds on the money.
Encryption ($19) – BET NOW
Punters should always respect the James Cummings stable at this time of the year, but it’s hard to tip a maiden runner in the Blue Diamond.
The colt by Lonhro has been beaten by the likes of Ennis Hill and Run Naan, so it’s tough to see him overturning those results.
Native Soldier ($18) – BET NOW
Drawing barrier 20 won’t help Native Soldier, which was beaten by Written By last start.
He does get back during the run and he’ll likely rely on some pace up front to make a winning run in this.
Plague Stone (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
There was and still is plenty of hype surrounding the Cummings-trained colt, which has finished second best in both starts to date.
The well-bred son of Lonhro was the $1.36 favourite on debut at Rosehill and a $4.75 elect last start on this track.
He wasn’t beaten by much in both starts and punters are getting much better odds this time around.
Grand Symphony ($34) – BET NOW
Second on debut behind Kinky Boom and it’s hard to get a read on his ability.
There is room for improvement, but we haven’t seen enough to include in selections and he could be one for the longer distances given his breeding.
Enbihaar ($20) – BET NOW
Unbeaten runner from the Lindsay Park stable and only the draw is a negative factor here.
She has winning experience on this track and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the $20 odds come shortening in on race day.
Kinky Boom ($9) – BET NOW
Drifting a touch in the betting after opening at $8.
The McEvoy-trained filly scored easily by 1.8 lengths on debut at Caulfield and that win should stack up well, even at the highest level.
The Spirit of Boom progeny are running well so consider here.
Lady Horseowner ($19) – BET NOW
Unbeaten from two race day starts, Lady Horseowner has won only narrowly but there’s untapped potential there.
The Greg Eurell-trained filly now has to make the rise in class and it’s only going to get harder, but there are worse chances in this race at the same odds.
Ennis Hill ($8.50) – BET NOW
Strong money has come for Ennis Hill, which looked good when winning on this track last start.
Looking to run as fast as her namesake, the daughter of Fastnet Rock scored by 1.5 lengths and punters were pleased with that effort.
The $8.50 is a touch short for our liking, but she should run in the first half of the field.
Crossing The Abbey ($34) – BET NOW
Trainer Tim Hughes was confident earlier this preparation, but she hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.
The Helmut filly won well three back at Flemington, but she would need to improve a couple of lengths to beat this field.
Qafila ($26) – BET NOW
A good looker on debut when winning, Qafila represents an outside chance of winning for Lindsay Park.
The filly wasn’t able to reproduce that effort second-up at Flemington and her recent trial effort was only fair, hence the current odds on offer.
There’s potential there, but maybe in something easier.
Oohood ($8) – BET NOW
Narrowly missed out on being our best each way bet.
The McEvoy-trained filly has yet to win a race and that’s a negative, but she has been running good races and the extra distance will suit perfectly.
She will mature into a nice three-year-old and punters shouldn’t be leaving her out of calculations.
Aristocratic Miss ($101)
More Than Exceed ($34)