Blue Diamond Stakes
The Blue Diamond Stakes is a 1200 metre race at set weights for two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and is Victoria’s richest race for two-year-olds, with total prizemoney reaching $1 million in 2006. Established in 1971, the Blue Diamond Stakes has become one of the most important two-year-old events in Australian racing, behind the richer Golden Slipper Stakes.
The Blue Diamond Stakes has seen some very good horses run it, including the extremely successful runner and stud, Redoute’s Choice. Having only just debuted at Caulfield a week before, Redoute’s Choice went on to win the 1999 Blue Diamond Stakes. Two of the horses that have since won the Blue Diamond Stakes were sired by Redoute’s Choice as well, so there is something of a family tradition in this race.
In 2009, Reward For Effort, jockeyed by Luke Nolen, won the Blue Diamond Stakes. This deprived jockey Dwayne Dunn of five-consecutive Blue Diamond Stakes wins, and gave trainer Peter Moody his first Blue Diamond Stakes victory. Reward for Effort was a surprise upset, as most had backed Prelude winner, Real Saga, to take the race.