2019 Blue Diamond Stakes - Brooklyn Hustle tipped to live up to the hype in Caulfield feature

Some of the best juveniles run for $1.5 million at Caulfield in February
(Getty Images)

2019 Blue Diamond Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday February 23, 2019
Time4:05pm AEST
ConditionsSet Weights
Prize Money$1.5 million

The Blue Diamond Stakes is Melbourne's premier 2YO feature and it runs in late February at Caulfield. With a big prize purse of $1.5 million, it's one of the major two-year-old races on the calendar, which also includes the Golden Slipper.

Many Blue Diamond winners have gone on to become champion older thoroughbreds and also stallion prospects. It's an important race to win and punters love betting on the sprinting feature.

2019 sees an even market which is headed by Brooklyn Hustle. The filly looked the goods on debut and there has been steady money coming for her since markets opened.

2019 Blue Diamond Stakes Best Bet - Brooklyn Hustle @ 4.50

Jason Warren lines up the two-year-old filly which couldn't have been more impressive on debut. She cruised past her rivals with ease in the straight at Moonee Valley and the form behind her has stacked up.

She defeated Yes Yes Yes by two lengths and it has gone on to win multiple races at a high level. That's good form for the Blue Diamond and she has been kept in the paddock since. We're expecting Warren to give her one more run before the Blue Diamond and her odds could drop because of that.

Like every two-year-old race there is an element of luck, but the daughter of Starspangledbanner looks to be heading for the stars.

Brooklyn Hustle
Brooklyn Hustle looked the goods when winning on debut. (Getty Images)

2019 Blue Diamond Stakes Best Each Way - Catch Me @ 4.80

Catch Me is another quality filly which is unbeaten after two starts, including the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes on debut before winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield.

Both of those wins were classy and there's no doubting her ability, but she will need to produce a slightly better turn-of-foot than she showed last start.

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden are masters at getting their juveniles fired up on race day and given that she's still paying around 2.00 to place, that's great value.

2019 Blue Diamond Stakes Best Roughie - Yes Yes Yes @ 11.00

Even though Yes Yes Yes was given windburn by Brooklyn Hustle on debut, the Darren Weir-trained colt has excelled since and that's a big positive going into this race.

His last two wins have come convincingly at at Flemington and Moonee Valley, suggesting that he won't mind running around the tricky Caulfield circuit. We're expecting Weir to give him some practice around Caulfield in preparation for the Blue Diamond and his odds could shorten.

11.00 to win and 3.50 to place is good money.

Best Bet: Brooklyn Hustle @ 4.50
Best Each Way: Catch Me @ 4.80
Best Roughie: Yes Yes Yes @ 11.00
Daryl Curnow 29 January 2019

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