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Snitzel Has The Numbers For Blue Diamond Stakes

A record 1470 yearlings are in early contention for the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes following the closure of nominations.

Snitzel Has The Numbers For Blue Diamond Stakes

A record 1470 yearlings are in early contention for the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes following the closure of nominations.

Catchy wins the 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes
Catchy wins the 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes Picture:Racing and Sports

This year’s figure provides an increase of 89 from last year’s total of 1381 nominations (up 6.44%) and sets a new benchmark for Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.

"It's very pleasing that the 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes has recorded the highest number of entries in the race’s history,” Melbourne Racing Club General Manager of Racing Jake Norton said.


"It demonstrates just how important the race has become to the Australasian racing and breeding industries. Since the race’s inception in 1971, 20 Blue Diamond winners have gone to stud, including superstar stallion Redoute’s Choice.”

Topping the list of nominators is the victorious 2017 Blue Diamond training partnership of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, who have submitted 112 entries for Victoria’s premier juvenile event.

Other top nominators include Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (97), global giant Godolphin (89), Sydney-based Snowden Racing (69) and Caulfield Cup winning trainer Ciaron Maher (66).

Champion sire Snitzel once again heads the stallion list with 83 of his sons and daughters nominated.

I Am Invincible is a close second with 78 of his progeny. Fastnet Rock has a strong hand again (49), having sired this year’s Blue Diamond winning filly Catchy.

The nominations include the Hawkes Racing-trained Sebring colt Prince Of Caviar, the second foal of legendary mare Black Caviar.

All horses nominated for the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes are also eligible for the 2018 $350,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds.

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